The date on the calendar reads June 3 and the Dallas Cowboys open training camp in about a month and a half. However, judging from what some media "experts" and sports show are saying, the Cowboys should cancel the season because they have no shot at winning the NFC East, never mind the Super Bowl.
I'm well aware the Cowboys have issues that need fixing, but so does every team in the NFL. Dallas has three months to work on their problems and to get better before they open the season against the New York Giants, so there is time for the Cowboys to improve. I know bashing the Cowboys has become a favorite hobby for people but there are also plenty of reasons to believe the 2013 season will be a good one for the Cowboys. The bigger issue is trying to figure out why there is so much negativity over them?
Let's start with their division because as it stands right now, the Cowboys have as good a shot as any team to win the NFC East. You'd be crazy to believe any team in the division has a decided advantage over anyone else and looking at each team they all have their issues. The Giants still have major weaknesses on defense and missed the playoffs last year, the Philadelphia Eagles have issues at quarterback, will be learning a new system and Chip Kelly has yet to prove anything in the NFL. Last year's winners, the Washington Redskins, have a frail quarterback coming off of a major injury and they won't sneak up on many people this season.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, will be healthier than last year (hopefully), have a much sounder defense scheme and a better offensive line going into the 2013 season. How much better will their offensive line be remains to be seen but any improvement is a huge step in the right direction and it is headed that way. The Cowboys roster, as a whole, is also much deeper now than it has been in quite some time and the team will benefit from that.
Knowing all of these things, how can anyone in their right mind say the Cowboys don't have a chance at winning the NFC East? Win the division and you're in the playoffs, then everything is in play for the Cowboys.
I understand the reasons for pessimism but it's June and we don't much yet. We all can make guesses about what will happen during the upcoming season but injuries in training camp could change all that. The bottom line is despite what is said about any team right now, no one has a clue what is going to happen in 2013.
Every year there are surprise teams and one's that disappoint so making any type of definitive statement about the Cowboys right now is ridiculous. Yet every day I seem to hear or read a new reason why the Cowboys won't be any good in 2013; how does anyone know that? We all know the same thing right now, nothing.
If you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, don't allow any of the negative talk about the Cowboys bother you, it doesn't mean anything right now. It's designed to get under your skin and it shouldn't work. The 2013 Cowboys will be a better team than the 2012 version and there are reasons to be optimistic.
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP
The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.
Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.
Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.
Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw
Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.
With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff. It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.
No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.
Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released
The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.
Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.
This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.
Cowboys Nation Mailbag: What will Kellen Moore’s Offense Look Like?
Four more days till the Dallas Cowboys hold their first training camp practice and the work begins to build this team into a Super Bowl contender. It's been 23 years since the Dallas Cowboys won their last Super Bowl and Cowboys Nation has been restless for Lombardi number six for about 22 of those years. Is this the year that the Cowboys finally breakthrough? Over the next seven months, we'll find out.
If the Dallas Cowboys are contenders at the end of the season, the biggest reason will be that the offense has turned into an elite unit to match a defensive group that proved to be one of the best in the NFL in 2018.
And if the offense is a top 10 unit in 2019, the biggest reason will be Kellen Moore's ability as an offensive coordinator. The Cowboys have the talent to be one of the best offenses in the NFL like they were in 2016, they just need an offensive play-caller who can add a bit of unpredictability and intelligence to the offense in 2019.
With that let's dig into your questions for this week's Cowboys Nation Mailbag.
What are some plays or ideas from other teams you'd like to see Kellen Moore copy or utilize.
— Stephen Morkel (@StephenSnorkel) July 21, 2019
So much of what the Dallas Cowboys need to add to their offense has less to do with the plays that are called and more to do with when they call plays and how they deploy their personnel.
The Dallas Cowboys need to improve in the red zone. One way to do that is to scheme guys open using crossing route combinations and rub routes. The Dallas Cowboys have some really good route runners in Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup, and Jason Witten. The Cowboys need to use those strengths.
The other thing the Dallas Cowboys need to do is to begin throwing more frequently on first down and in run formations to keep defenses off balance. Too many times in the last couple of years, opposing defenses knew what was coming based on the personnel groupings and formations they were deployed in. The Cowboys ran a lot on first downs and opposing defenses were looking run on those first down regardless of formation. If the Cowboys can come out and throw the ball effectively on first down it will open the offense up a lot more and keep defenses off-balance.
What are the biggest noticeable differences to expect in Kellen Moores offense? Why no competition for Maher yet?
— Andrew Barboza (@Dru13oza) June 17, 2019
One of the biggest questions surrounding the offense heading into 2019 focuses on what kind of influence Kellen Moore is going to have on this group. I wrote about this in more detail earlier this offseason when I reviewed Jon Gruden's Quarterback Camp episode with Kellen Moore.
Here were the biggest themes that I picked up on during his interview.
- Kellen Moore Wants to be "multiple." Meaning Moore wants to be able to run the same plays out of a variety of formations and personnel groupings. Whether he's running 10 personnel (1 RB, 4 WRs) or 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TEs), Moore wants to be able to run the same types of plays and route combinations. If the Cowboys are able to do this, it will keep the defense from being able to anticipate what the Cowboys are wanting to do on offense.
- Kellen Moore wants to create anticipation in the offense through week-long preparation. We know that Dak Prescott puts in the work to be as good as he can be. Prescott's work ethic combined with the preparation led by Moore and Quarterback's Coach Jon Kitna should help Prescott improve his anticipation by seeing where to throw the ball before the play even starts.
- Kellen Moore wants to use presnap motion to keep the offense off-balance and create confusion among the defense. Presnap motion forces the defense to adjust and communication during that adjustment could lead to miscommunication. For too much of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Dallas Cowboys were a little too predictable on offense, which was a complaint of some of the outgoing players when they left the Cowboys. Kellen Moore's offensive philosophy was learned under current Washington Huskies Head Coach and former Boise St. Head Coach Chris Petersen who's long been known for his offensive creativity and play calling.
- Kellen Moore wants to get creative in the red zone through gadget plays. Boise St. was known for using gadget plays like the "Statue of Liberty" play they used in the Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma.
If Moore is truly able to increase the level of unpredictability of the Dallas Cowboys offense, it should help the passing game and the running game be able to take advantage of mismatches across the formation.
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Kellen Moore's football mind has been highly thought since coming out of college. With training camp, the preseason, and the regular season coming, we're finally going to get to see that big football brain at work. For the Dallas Cowboys to have success in 2019, they need the Kellen Moore mind to be as good as advertised.
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