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Messing With Momentum? Why Trading Dez Bryant Is A Bad Idea

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys Blog - Why I Call Dez Bryant My Favorite Athlete

As America's team, the Dallas Cowboys get talked about every single day on each National sports media outlet. Whether its Fox Sports, ESPN, NFL Network or anything else, everyone loves to give their opinion on how the Cowboys are playing and what they should do with personnel.

No matter just how wrong and/or misguided their opinion is.

In this week's edition of "awful Cowboys takes," people actually want the Dallas Cowboys to get rid of their best wide receiver and a clear leader both on the field and in the locker room. They want the Cowboys to trade Dez Bryant, along with Tony Romo, because...

Well, I'm not really sure why.

I have not heard one good explanation for why trading away a player who is 2nd in the NFL to only Rob Gronkowski in receiving touchdowns since 2010 is a good idea. Or why shipping off one of the 5 most physically talented players on this roster midway through what we think could be a Super Bowl season makes any damn sense at all.

Linda Cohn on Twitter

With all the chatter about how Romo could mess up a good thing in Dallas with Dak, don't be shocked if the return of Dez could do same.

But, he'll just mess up the momentum! They have a good thing going and Dez will ruin it!

Linda Cohn on Twitter

Great minds think alike. I'm concerned if Dak tries to force it to get ball to Dez. Bryant wants to be part of this. https://t.co/CWw6cYw6EF

Listen, I really like Linda Cohn. I think she is a fantastic Sportscenter host and she is really good at her job. I also like Jim Trotter, and for the most part, I think he knows what he's talking about.

But to suggest this is flat out idiotic. And trust me, they are not alone in their takes, they are just most recent people to suggest it.

"Oh no, our WR1 is back, now I have to find ways to get him the ball," said no offensive coordinator ever, especially not when that WR1 is Dez Bryant!

Yeah, this Dez Bryant.

Dez Byrant does it all on this touchdown versus Redskins (Week 8, 2014)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant grabs a low catch with one hand, runs through a few Redskins and falls just over the goal line to score a touchdown in Week 8 of the 2014 NFL Season.

Oh, and this Dez Bryant.

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You remember him? The guy that went for 7 catches and over 100 yards last time we saw him healthy for a full game? Yeah, he's pretty good at football, and we should be ecstatic he's coming back.

For months all that we talked about was how without Dez, the Cowboys receiving corps looked lost. How they lack any true deep threat when Dez isn't in the lineup. How they should consider drafting Laquon Treadwell because they "needed another Dez." And now, with the return of that player imminent, you want to just get rid of him? Because of "momentum?"

I am a bit of a momentum truth-er myself. Meaning, I'm not even sure if momentum really exists. I mean, of course it exists in physics when defined as mass times velocity (my humble brag about knowing science), but in a sports sense, how real is it?

You want to know why I think the Cowboys have won 5 straight games? Because they are a better football team than everyone they've played this year.  They've had the better quarterback play, they've had the better coaching, they've had the better o-line play, they've created turnovers, and they've dominated in the run game.

No, I don't think its due to some magical force which is pushing the Cowboys passed opponents. The only force which is doing just that is their offensive line, which is literally forcing the ball down the throats of the defense.

Sure, there is something to chemistry and "mojo" or swagger of a football team, but the idea that the return of one of the team's best players is going to make that team worse is patently insane.

The return of Dez Bryant only makes an already really good Dallas Cowboys team better. If anything, it should only help solidify that these Cowboys are legit, and are capable of making some real noise in the NFC this winter.

So be happy that Dez is back, and enjoy this ride the Cowboys are taking us on, because seasons like this don't come around often in today's NFL.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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