Connect with us

Star Blog

The NFL is not on a “Witch Hunt” Against the Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

The NFL Is Not On a Witch Hunt Against The Dallas Cowboys
Alex Goodlett / Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys offseason has not been an easy one. America's Team has made national headlines a lot, and no, not in a good way. Some Cowboys players have gotten themselves in trouble, and some of them have already been suspended by the NFL.

Cowboys Nation is one loyal group of fans. I respect that so much. As a member of Cowboys Nation myself, I love that so much.

And because of that, because of that love for our team, because of that fandom for the Star, I understand when fans claim that the NFL suspending Cowboys players is nothing but a witch hunt against our team.

However, that thought is 100% wrong.

For some reason, these topics are always hot and polemical. Some people slander the player for his actions, some claim it's not a big deal. Some point fingers at the coaches, and some say coaches are not to blame for a player's behavior. 

Before we continue, let's take a look at the Cowboys that have run into trouble this offseason.

  • David Irving, the Cowboys most promising DE, received a four-game suspension after using PEDs.
  • Nolan Carroll was arrested on a DWI charge. He hasn't received a suspension yet, but is likely to at some point. He will probably miss the first two games of the season.
  • Damien Wilson was arrested on assault charges, and is in serious trouble.
  • Ezekiel Elliott is still under investigation for a domestic violence accusation. Also, there are the St. Patrick's Day and Clutch Bar incidents.

All of these suspensions and rumors of suspensions, for some reason, have made a large group of Cowboys Nation believe that the NFL is against us... That Roger Goodell is against the Dallas Cowboys.

But, why would we think that?

Irving broke a crystal-clear rule. The league literally has a list of substances a player can't consume and he did. Carroll and Wilson were arrested, why shouldn't the NFL suspend them? This happens all the time, to all the teams in the NFL.

The fact that the Cowboys have been involved in these unfortunate situations more than other teams is a different thing. It just happens.

What to Make of the Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott #21

Finally, there's Ezekiel Elliott's situation. This is by far the most important one of all, and the one that has generated most of this discussion among Cowboys fans. The NFL has dragged his domestic violence investigation for so much time, it feels wrong.

But that wouldn't be the first time the NFL pushes an investigation. Deflategate lasted for an eternity and ended up with Tom Brady being suspended for something that was "more probable than not." And they were talking about deflated balls, not domestic violence.

To be clear, I do think the way the NFL handles most of these issues is wrong and incoherent. But I don't think that they target a team and then try to pin something on its players.

If we're talking theories though, I'm picking another one. I find it more believable that the NFL is trying to scare Zeke, as Mike Fisher (@fishsports) suggested.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

What if 'NFL vs #EzekielElliott ' isn't at all about league being AGAINST #Cowboys Star ... but rather a Scared Straight warning?

He also suggested this...

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Which leads to ?: if you're about to suspend a player, why r u 1st 'making him aware of charges'? #KangarooCourt https://t.co/kQfwfRynZs

What if the NFL is not trying to suspend Elliott?

What if they actually are trying to scare him, for his own good?  When the St. Patrick's Day incident occurred, the NFL wouldn't have had a hard time finding evidence to suspend him for his poor behavior. There was a video. Would've been an easy job to suspend him. So why didn't they?

For all I know, the theory I'm sharing with you could be absolutely wrong. But so is saying the Cowboys are being hunted by the NFL.

As much as we love our Cowboys, we have to accept that.

I think it's high time we hold the players accountable for their mistakes. Not the coaches, not the commissioner, but the players themselves.

As for now, all we can do is wait and see what happens. Maybe Ezekiel Elliott is suspended for two, four or more games. Maybe he isn't suspended at all.

How do you feel about the Cowboys suspensions this offseason?

Let us know in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly live show Primero Cowboys!

Tell me what you think about "The NFL is not on a “Witch Hunt” Against the Dallas Cowboys" 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

Advertisement
7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Willie Rogers

    July 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    These player’s can have a little fun, but remember who to invite to the party, because by them being super stars and now day’s kids look for everyone except their parents to be their role models, which is very unfortunate and unfair to these professional athletes

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      July 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Exactly. This players are old enough to make their own decisions. About time we hold them accountable for their actions, thanks for reading!

  2. Pete186

    July 22, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Most of the players mentioned do deserve some type of punishment going by the league rules. ZEKE on the other hand I believe does not. He has been found innocent of any wrong doing. To punish anyone for speculation or accutations is wrong. He may be a little wild but he hasn’t broken any laws. No suspensions are called for.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      July 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      I do think, as I said in the article, the NFL is not coherent on the way they perform these investigations. My point though, if they were on a witch hunt, he could already be suspended for the St. Patrick’s Day incident. What if they are actually trying to scare him?

  3. Homer Price

    July 24, 2017 at 1:01 am

    The police and district attorneys should know the law better than the NFL. All citizens are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The NFL just goes on witch hunts ever since the Ray Rice incident embarassed the league. Tom Brady was a prime example that the league had no conclusive proof he was involved in deflating footballs and the deflated footballs had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. Since his suspension, he has been unstoppable with fully inflated footballs. The NFL investgating crimes where no charges are filed give accusers or gold diggers the forum without proof for settlements whether the player is wrong or right!

  4. John Williams

    John Williams

    July 24, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Totes agree. Nice work my friend.

    Current Conspiracy Theory.

    Is the NFL using the Elliott situation to maintain league interest during the downtime between the Draft and OTA’s and OTAs and Training Camp? I don’t know, but interesting to think about. Lol.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      July 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      This is not that crazy at all, haha. Offseason is tough, as contributor writers, we know that, don’t we?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Star Blog

2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1

Kevin Brady

Published

on

Byron Jones

Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.

Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.

Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.

The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas

Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.

Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.

The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.

Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.



Continue Reading

Star Blog

Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.

Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.

Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.

DeMarcus Lawrence, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Pues en Dallas, hoy dos  jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.

Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.

Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.

Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.

Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial" 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!



Continue Reading

Star Blog

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

Published

on

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason? 2

Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

Lock Down the Big Guns

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

@Randy81MossRetires, via Twitter

Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

Adding New Talent

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason? 1

@brkicks, via Twitter

One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.



Continue Reading



Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here

Trending