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New Book Is A Must-Read – Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America’s Team

RJ Ochoa

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Football is a beautiful thing.

At its core it's a game, but the umbrella of football stretches so wide, it can be quite astounding at times.

Pro Football History is a library of umbrellas, each covering its own special area in time. The story of this game, of this league, is a tale as old as time... and each teller has a unique way of expressing it.

I like to consider myself a student of NFL History. I enjoy few things more than speeding my DeLorean to 88mph, traveling back in time to see where this league has come from. My "DeLorean," as in the magic of books - they're beautiful. I've read many a different book, watched many a different documentary, my brain soaking up everything it can in the process.

As a Staff Writer for Inside The Star, it's no secret that beyond the love I have for the NFL is a special place for one of its most storied teams, the Dallas Cowboys - America's Team.

The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the greatest franchise to ever exist, not just in the NFL, or North America, but in the world of sports. Theirs is a story well worth telling, and one which invokes a full gamut of emotions. From laughs and sighs, to fist pumps and tears.

Recently, I recounted the great history of the Dallas Cowboys via the works of prize-winning sports writer, Jim Reeves. A longtime sports columnist for the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Jim has a new book...

Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America's Team

"The hapless victims -- again -- were the Buffalo Bills, 30-13. What Troy Aikman had done through the air a year earlier in a 52-17 rout at the Rose Bowl, Smith had done on the ground this time around. The (counterfeit) Bills lost their fourth straight Super Bowl."

~ JIM REEVES, PROLOGUE, DALLAS COWBOYS: LEGENDS OF AMERICA'S TEAM

To call this 192-page journey just a book doesn't do it justice.

Jim Reeves has managed to intertwine the wealth of knowledge an encyclopedia brings, with a story only a great author can pen. He guides you year after year, season after season, Super Bowl after Super Bowl, all through his very own DeLorean. Mr. Reeves touches on every aspect of Cowboys Ownership.

What was the environment like with Clint Murchison?

Where was Bum Bright's heart all along?

How is Jerry Jones a saint/Santa to many?

All of those questions, and many more, are answered inside.

The Cowboys Coaches are summarized all the way from Tom Landry's square-chin mannerisms to Jimmy Johnson eating at Mia's on The Saturday Night Massacre's eve. How did Jerry Jones manage to bring in a coach like Bill "The Big Tuna" Parcells and relinquish control?

The legendary stories are all here.

Each Dallas Cowboys Legend is featured and expanded on. Roger Staubach and the story of how he climbed to the 11th story window, Troy Aikman and the palpable tension he experienced with Barry Switzer. Michael Irvin's stories are too many to list. Current Cowboy Dez Bryant, and many more are here for you to learn about.

The best part about Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America's Team is that it's told through an incredibly objective lens.

Jim Reeves' impartial perspective is well-established here as he tells you all about the most glorious days the Dallas Cowboys have ever seen. The Ice Bowl, The Catch, and all eight Super Bowl appearances by the Cowboys are all expanded upon for you to re-live in an epic fashion.

This book is perfect for any fan of the Cowboys, and football in general. Jim's superb writing gives each page the same level of energy as a Roger Staubach comeback drive, or one of Michael Irvin's speeches, or a Tony Romo spin-move.

Dallas Cowboys: The Legends of America's Team

''Who better to tell the 'Legends of America's Team' than Jim Reeves, one of the most trusted and reliable sources for your Cowboy news and history.'' -- Daryl ''Moose'' Johnston, former star Cowboys fullback (Sept. 6, 2016). Meet the characters and relieve the games and controversies that captur...

You can purchase your copy at Silver Star Mercantile in Carollton, Texas Star Trading Book Store in Abilene, Buc-ee's in Forth Worth, The Last Word Book Store in Forth Worth, Amazon.com (click here), Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops, or in E-book Kindle/Nook versions. It's also available from Great Texas Line Press, the book's publisher who is also based out of Arlington, and from Barnes & Noble.

I also encourage you to reach out to the author and show your love of the Cowboys with the man who has spent a lifetime documenting the team, by visiting and liking the book's Facebook Page. Jim Reeves will even be doing a book signing/sale on October 10th from 6pm-9pm at Legal Draft Beer Co., 500 E Division, Arlington, TX. If you buy a book, you get a free beer!

Get the book today. It'll be the best $9.95 you've spent on your passion for the Cowboys yet.

I'd like to offer a special thanks to Great Texas Line Press for giving us an early look at the book, and the opportunity to tell our readers about it.

Tell us what you think about "New Book Is A Must-Read – Dallas Cowboys: The Legends Of America’s Team" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Smiley N. Pool / The Dallas Morning News

Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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