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Road To 13-3: The Worst Cowboys Takes From 2016

Kevin Brady



Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys season has been an incredible journey. From owning the fourth overall pick just months ago, to sitting atop the NFC with a 13-3 record and a home playoff game ahead of them, absolutely no one could have seen this coming.

Despite no one knowing what was coming, plenty of people swore up and down that they knew exactly what the Cowboys would be. Well, this arrogance has produced some incredibly bad takes about America's Team throughout the season. Before the Cowboys embark on their playoff journey, we at Inside The Star thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back at some of those horrific takes.

Let's begin all the way back on draft day. With the fourth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select, Ezekiel Elliott.

Gray on Twitter

@Geoffrey_Craig should have Ramsey and Henry. News Flash: Cowboys suck at the draft.

Perry The Eagles Fan on Twitter

Just remember Cowboys took Zeke over Ramsey LMAO

Of course, an Eagles fan. But these are just fans, let's see what the "experts" had to say!

Matt Tabeek on Twitter

If Alfred Morris keeps running like this people are going to seriously start questioning why the #Cowboys drafted Zeke and not Jalen Ramsey.

Oh but don't worry these get better. In the fourth round the Cowboys select....

Skip Bayless on Twitter

Jerry Jones is covering backside by regretting not landing Paxton Lynch? He should be more worried about taking Dak Prescott over Cardale.

Colin Cowherd on Twitter

Dak Prescott is a back up in NFL. At tight end.

Okay, that one is from 2014 and was tweeted as Dak Prescott's Mississippi State Bulldogs fell to Alabama by just 5 points. Dak had a rough game, throwing three interceptions, bringing on this abysmal Colin Cowherd tweet. Ironically, his three interceptions in that game is only one less than Dak has throw the entire 2016 season.

Road To 13-3: The Worst Cowboys Takes From 2016 1Even Inside The Star Staff Writers aren't safe! Don't worry, the cold Zeke takes continue. After a tough home loss to the Giants and a gutsy win at Washington, some of you wanted Alfred Morris to see more carries.

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Let's flashback a little further than week two. When Romo went down, hell broke loose, and the sky was falling on the Cowboys.

Pete Prisco on Twitter

Romo out 6-10? See ya, Dallas.

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Road To 13-3: The Worst Cowboys Takes From 2016 5But when Romo returned, we got some even better takes.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

@timschultz99 oh I have zero doubt they plan on inserting Romo.

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Why not explore what the return of another Cowboys star brought to the internet?

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.

Skip Bayless on Twitter

NOW on @undisputed: why the Cowboys need to trade both Dez and Romo

Ah, the "TRADE DEZ" phenomenon. People really like to be loud and wrong, huh? But at the end of the day, I had the single worst take of them all.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

@dtsturner @CHQ_Jordan I think it's a 7-9/8-8 type team. Maybe Romo steals us 1 or 2 more, maybe the holes lose us 1 or 2 more. We'll see

What an idiot that Kevin Brady guy is. Anyway, thankfully all of us, including me, were very wrong about what the Cowboys could be this season. Now, it is time to focus on the playoffs, and more opportunities to prove us gasbag media members wrong. Let's go Cowboys.

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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.

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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.

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