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Martin’s 5: K Dan Bailey Might Be Cause For Conservative Cowboys Coaching

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Welcome to Martin's 5!

I know what you're probably thinking, and yes Zack Martin does indeed still wear the number 70 jersey.

This is the first of what will hopefully turn into a weekly series of articles I will personally be writing about random thoughts, unanswered questions, and things I keep wondering about that I can't quite explain. Basically, the things I think about when I'm stargazing or randomly start pondering in regards to the Dallas Cowboys.

Each week I will share with you five random things that I just can't get out of my head and with the use of this platform open a discussion so that hopefully you (the readers) or the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can help me alleviate the unexplained that continues to nag at me.

Let's get started with five things I'm wondering about heading into the Week 2 match up with the division rival Washington Redskins.

One: I wonder if Dan Bailey is the reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff is willing to play conservatively instead of trying to become more creative and taking more chances on offense, especially in the red zone? Bailey is near automatic when he steps on the field attempting a field goal and is probably the sole reason why Terrance Williams caught so much flak last week. If Williams would've run out of bounds with even a second left on the clock, Bailey would have had an opportunity to kick a 60+ yard field goal and a chance to win the game. Is Dan Bailey to clutch to allow the offense to take more chances?

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Two: I wonder if we are starting to see a declining player in Doug Free? Jason Pierre-Paul completely dominated the match up with Free last week. Free has struggled with injuries the past several years and some of those injuries have resulted in off-season surgeries. It's no secret that the older that NFL players get, the quicker their bodies start to break down. If that is what we are starting to see with Doug Free, then we should all be concerned because there are still questions surrounding the readiness of swing tackle Chaz Green.

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Three: We all know that Dez Bryant is an emotional player and probably isn't happy with the way he was utilized last week against the Giants. If he isn't involved early in the Redskins game, I wonder if we will see one of his sideline tantrums? The Redskins defense will certainly look to contain the running game and make Bryant as much as a nonfactor as possible. So, it will be up to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to find the right mix of keeping Bryant happy and making sure he's not forcing the issue of getting him the ball.

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Four: I wonder why the offensive line seems to struggle the first few games of the season? I think we can all agree that what we saw from the Cowboys offensive line last week is not what we are used to seeing. The same thing happened last season and it seemed to take them a few games to get into a groove. Are they not benefiting from the off-season practices? Whatever it is, the Giants game could have gone an entirely different direction if there would have been a little better blocking up front for the running game.

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Five: I wonder if we will see Justin Durant take over the starting middle linebacker position? I'm a fan of Anthony Hitchens, but he struggled quite a bit against the Giants and was eventually replaced by Durant. Durant has the ability to play all three linebacker positions for the Cowboys defense and has the veteran experience to know how to avoid getting lost in the congestion in the middle. Unfortunately, injuries are always a concern with him. I hate to say it, but the Cowboys defense will certainly miss Rolando McClain's physical presence at middle linebacker.

Remember to take advantage of the comment section below so that you can provide your thoughts and opinions on this topic or to help me out by answering some of my random thoughts.



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  • Eric Welly

    1. Bailey is that good, and TWill messed up. But Dallas didn’t use the tools for the job. 3 6’+ WRs, 3 6’5″ TEs, 3 RBs to choose from along with Dunbar\Whitehead the open space eaters.

    2. Free needs help now morw often than not, good coaches see it and give help, once again we go back to 3TE\4RBs and Free works alone for some reason.

    3. Lock Garrett in a closet, Dez will get his and Lenihan calls the perfect game, while allowing his rooks to make plays.

    4. Kinda hard to move a pair of Gilbert Browns out of the hole, go around, make them chase plays for a bit.

    5. McClain is gone, he has no locker, 3 LBs hurt in camp, Lee\Wilson\Hitchens and the other 2 LBs who are gone now are all we had, now we have Durant back which is good, better if he had been on a team during the off-season\preseason. This is 1 of the reasons Hayden was a favorite of mine not for his play but his availability, week in week out.

    For once the Cowboys don’t need to help the QB, just use the tools for the job, this team is 3\4 deep WR\TE\RB and a dominant OL.

    Unlike chess, all the pieces aren’t created equal, some are just better when used with skill.

    KISS-Keep It Simple Stupid

    • Brian Martin

      Eric, I agree with everything you said. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. It’s always good to get some feedback and hear what our readers have to say.

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Cowboys’ Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

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Cowboys Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

Say what you want about Randy Gregory and his past struggles, but he might just be turning into the player the Dallas Cowboys envisioned when they drafted him in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. All I can say is, it's about time!

Randy Gregory is just one of many players Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has gone out of his way to help in the hopes of improving his football team, but very few have received as much patience and personal attention as Gregory. Jerry has continued to stand by him through all of his off the field issues and suspensions, despite not getting much in return.

It's been somewhat confusing for a lot of Cowboys Nation. Many fans have been ready to move on from the troubled defensive end, but not Jerry Jones. This was his pick back in 2015 and he was bound and determined to see it through. That's exactly what he's done and he might actually see some return on his investment.

Randy Gregory isn't exactly blowing things up like Linebacker Leighton Vander Ecsh or some of his other defensive teammates, but he's quietly strung together some good games these past several weeks. In the last four games he has three quarterback sacks, three quarterback hits, and a tackle for a loss. That's not even mentioning how he's consistently applying pressure to the QB as well.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

I know it doesn't look like much from the outside looking in, but to me he's starting to look like a player who's finally finding his groove. I don't know about you, but I will take any silver lining I can get when it comes to Randy Gregory. Even if it is the small sample size.

We all knew it might take him a while to get things going after missing all 2017 and parts of 2016 due to suspensions. That's a lot of football to miss for a young player and it's kind of hurt his development. That's probably one of the reasons the Cowboys brought him along a little slowly this season.

I don't think there's any reason to pull back the reins any longer though. Gregory looks as if he has acclimated to the game once again and is ready, willing, and able to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence from here on out. The Cowboys defense is just better with him in the lineup.

Randy Gregory has had to overcome a lot of personal demons to reach this point in his career, and for that I commend him. It couldn't have been an easy road to go down, but the work he has put in is paying off and he can finally see the fruits of his labor for himself. That could pay huge dividends not only from a confidence standpoint, but also as a sense of validation.

Now, he just needs to keep his nose to the grind stone and continue to do what he's been doing. I think everything else will work itself out and both he and the Cowboys will be better for it.

Do you think Randy Gregory is finally hitting his stride?



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QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations

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Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.

Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.

There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.

One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.

Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.

This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.

Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.

He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.

For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.



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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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