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NFL’s “Brice Butler Rule” Now Set To Come With Warning

RJ Ochoa

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You know people like to say “better late than never”? This isn’t for those people. This is for those of us that have been harboring resentment at NFL officials pretty much since the beginning of time since January 15th, 2017.

You see it was on that day, with 5:55 left in the first quarter and the Cowboys trailing the Packers 3-7, that the NFL flexed their long arm of stupidity once again. Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler was inexcusably charged with an Unsportmanlike Conduct penalty, but don’t worry… they’ve fixed it so that it won’t happen to anyone else. Yay.

Charean Williams on Twitter

NFL clarifies “Brice Butler Rule,” will now issue a warning https://t.co/ZBtpxjFeV4

The “Brice Butler Rule” is about as silly as the one that says you have to wait thirty minutes to swim after eating. I don’t care what type of nutritional science backs that other one up, it’s dumb alright? Dean Blandino, Worst Judge, Juror, and Executor of NFL rules, oh wait I mean Senior Vice President of Officiating, even went as far as saying that this is a penalty that you don’t see very frequently when discussing the upcoming changes to this monstrosity. No kidding, Dean.

“So there’s language in the book that allows for a change in a coaching decision where a player or a group of players may come on the field and there’s a change in the decision and they go off the field without participating in a play. We want to maintain a team’s ability to do that. So we did discuss it and looked at the language, and we feel comfortable with the referee giving a warning if he feels that the team is trying to manipulate the situation, allowing the defense to match up in that situation and only penalizing if it’s a subsequent act after a warning.” per Charean Williams of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram

Apparently now officials are going to be allowed to warn a team of a potential violation of the Brice Butler Rule and ultimately penalize the team after said warning is given. I have two big problems with this personally, one phrase in particular. The phrase “if he feels” was part of the jargon used when this was news was announced by Charean Williams of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

“If He Feels” Isn’t Objective, Rules Are Meant To Be Objective

Why why why are we going with a referee’s feelings now? This isn’t a This Is Us marathon, this is a world of finite details and parameters. There shouldn’t be a subjective line drawn to where the referee is trying to measure a coach and their intentions with substitutions. I know this is minority opinion around Cowboys Nation, but I have no qualms about the Brice Butler Rule… if it’s enforced that exact same way all the time.

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Here’s the exact exchange between @TroyAikman, @Buck, and @MikePereira on call and the furthest that Brice got into the huddle.

This whole mess is because Brice Butler supposedly “got into” the huddle, when you can see exactly how far he didn’t go in. If there is any change that’s necessary in my humble opinion, it needs to be the definition in terms of what’s “in the huddle”. If a player enters that the way Brice did, which I don’t believe that Brice did (Confused? Read that again.), and is in violation of the set parameters… go ahead and throw your little flag. That’s fair.

“If he feels” is opening a can of worms, and we’re already trying to mop up the ones that spilled out when Dean Blandino’s Dam of Non-Logic broke open once again, coincidentally during a Cowboys/Packers Divisional Playoff Game. Under the new intention of the rule it’ll only be a matter of time before a referee throws a flag because he feels that a coach is trying to manipulate the situation via substitution, when he actually isn’t.

This isn’t hard, NFL. Just don’t do dumb things.

Tell us what you think about “NFL’s “Brice Butler Rule” Now Set To Come With Warning” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • deal with it

    in the Dallas game it was an honest mistake but if the rule changes I’m sure Bill Belichik would use it to his advantage if a warning is the penalty.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

Kevin Brady

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” 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 Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/950846277071396864

In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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