A mid-season trade brought the former Detroit Lion wide receiver to the Cowboys. After that not much was heard or even seen of Roy Williams! Until Friday! Then Roy Williams went on the offensive. Roy Williams spoke on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Friday morning and had some very insightful things to say about the practice habits of our beloved Dallas Cowboys, you can read those remarks here. With all the talking the Cowboy players seem to be doing, my first thought was "Oh No! Why can't you guys just keep your mouths shut?" Then Roy called in to Galloway & co. Friday afternoon, and my opinion changed.
I was a big advocate of bringing Mr.Williams to Dallas, and still am! If used properly, This guy adds a large element to this team. Unfortunately for him and us he was not only not used properly, but was hardly used at all!
I remember saying several times this year that this team needs to run more slant, crossing, and out routes. You cannot just run the same routes every time and expect different results! This however is what Jason Garrett and the offensive coaching staff repeatedly did.
At one point during the Galloway & Co. interview they asked Roy about how he or any other player on the Cowboys roster could be critical of the coaching staff, for the players failures. Roy had the best comeback you could ever ask for, "I agree with that for some players, but with other players like myself, sometimes your not put in a position too win on the field".
The questioning followed with this from Galloway; some very credible football people say that no one can be blamed for your failures except you. Roy drops this bit of knowledge on us; "you tell your NFL whoever it is that when your running the same route, every game and not being able to move and not being a part of the game. That's why you did not see much from me!"
Well now, does this sound familiar to anyone? Sounds an awful lot like another receiver we have! Now Roy's statement carries a little more weight with me just because Terrell was saying these same things even though he was being looked at 15 - 20 times per game!
Not much further along in the interview Roy makes a statement that really caught my ear, "I continue to have opposing teams corners ask me, why do they keep having you run this same pattern over and over again?" So let me get this straight, the Cowboys went out and made a trade for another receiver to take the pressure (double teams) off of T.O. then we completely refuse to get him involved. Does this make any since to any of you? Now some of you will say "Roy did not know the offense that well" and "well Roy was hurt" and on some levels you might have a point, but he was not hurt enough to not play and Roy himself said "the only difference in this offense is the terminology, it is the same I have been running in Detroit!".
I hope Jerry,Wade, and Jason were all listening to this interview. Why? All of those people spent all year long telling us that nothing was wrong with the offense, and we all spent the entire year agonizing over their piss poor play. Then in one sentence Roy Williams tells them what the rest of the league thinks of their offense, "why do they have you running this same pattern over and over again".
Translation? The Dallas Cowboys will run the same play, with the same formation the entire game, just play these routes and you can stop them! How can I come to that conclusion from one statement from one player? Well I can promise you if they are having one guy run the same route over and over again, they are doing the same to everyone else!
I have spent all the time I am going to spend on bashing this teams piss poor decision making. I am officially climbing down from my soapbox! With the season officially ending last night, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. It is now time for not only us here at A Cowboy Nation, but for everyone who are followers of the Cowboys to turn our attention to next year.
This team has all the tools to turn the ship around, and get things back going in the right direction. The interviews that Roy gave on Friday could have been taken many different ways by many different people. I however took them this way. Roy Williams wants to win and he is willing to do whatever is asked of him to make that happen. I think these players are tired of being called losers,quitters, and failures. I have asked all year for someone to stand up and fix the things that they have control of. I finally got what I was asking for from Roy Williams, when he said "when I first came here I would say for the first week or two during practice when a receiver or back caught the ball I was continuing to block until the play was dead. I looked around and no one else was doing that. So I stopped, but this year I do not care who is or who is not doing it, I am going to do it! and hopefully others will come with me. It is time for us to just shut up and play, and for me to take a larger roll in leading this team."
Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?
February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.
DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.
Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.
After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.
There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?
Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.
For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.
In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys
What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?
First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.
It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.
It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.
Dallas Cowboys OL Fails To Crack NFL.com’s Top 10
Often considered a top unit in football, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line seemed to take a step back in 2017. Mostly due to injuries and free agent departures on the left side, the Cowboys were unable to form the same solid unit we have seen in years past.
Despite their struggles, most would still consider them a top 5-10 offensive line in the NFL. At least, that's what I'd expect considering they still feature three All-Pro caliber players upfront.
Matt Harmon of NFL.com put together a list of the top 10 offensive lines in football based on performance in the 2017 season. The list was strictly developed through the use of next gen stats, which defined pressure as "pass-rushing play in which a defender gets within 2 yards of the opposing quarterback at the time of the throw or sack." In addition, "yards gained before close" was taken into account. This metric is meant to measure "the amount of rushing yards a running back gains before opposing defenders come within 1 yard of the player."
After compiling all of these stats, the Cowboys offensive line was left off of the list completely. Maybe even more surprising, however, was that the Philadelphia Eagles' line failed to crack the top ten as well. That's two lines with 3-4 Pro Bowl caliber players each missing the cut.
According to Matt Harmon the Cowboys allowed a pressure on 28.6% of Dak Prescott's dropbacks, 12th highest in the league. Dallas also ranked 20th in the league in YGBC in 2017.
While I do have some issues with the methodology of these statistics, the final result is actually hard to argue with. Down the stretch the Cowboys offense was downright pathetic at times. Regardless of how highly we thought of them prior to the year, the offense didn't perform to their standards, or the standards of a top ten unit.
Heading into 2018, however, I do expect this offensive line to begin to regain form. La'el Collins should continue to improve on the right side, and he is already an adequate starting right tackle regardless. I also expect Dallas to address their left guard spot, potentially within the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
In the end the success of this line may hinge on the health of Tyron Smith, though. When healthy, Smith is the best left tackle in all of football. But that "when healthy" caveat has certainly hurt the Cowboys offense.
The way the front office handles their offensive line this offseason will play a huge role in the success, or lack thereof, of the Cowboys in 2018.
Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: CB Bene Benwikere
After playing sparsely for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, veteran cornerback Bene Benwikere is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Could he stay in Dallas, or will he have to find work elsewhere?
Dallas was concerned about its CB depth with heavy reliance on young players and Jourdan Lewis barely participating in the offseason. Therefore, the Cowboys traded a sixth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for Benwikere just before Week One.
After a stellar rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2014, Bene had suffered a steep fall before landing in Cincy. Injuries and poor play got him cut midway through 2016 by the Panthers, and then Benwikere bounced from Miami to Green Bay before finally signing with the Bengals in the 2017 offseason.
Though a few years removed from being an All-Rookie Team standout, Bene Benwikere is still just 26 and may still draw interest from scouts who remember his better days. He is likely counting on that, because the Cowboys' secondary is starting to fill up.
The Cowboys currently have exciting sophomores Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis expected to start in 2018. Anthony Brown is back for his third season and will be active on game days.
Orlando Scandrick's future is cloudy, but Dallas won't get much cap relief from releasing him this season. They may elect to keep the veteran for one more year, which would all but fill out the CB depth chart.
Even if Scandrick leaves, talk that Dallas may move Byron Jones back to corner from safety would only leave Benwikere in the same disadvantaged position for finding work.
The best chance that Bene Benwikere has to stay with the Cowboys is if new Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard remembers him from 2014. Coaches often feel that can get more out of a player than the last guy, and Richard may see potential in Benwikere that his last few teams couldn't unlock.
Four years ago may be too long, though, and especially with a fresh new crop of young players coming into the league. Especially if they keep Scandrick, Dallas may want to use the rest of their roster spots on younger prospects.
As it stands, Bene Benwikere is unlikely to return to the Cowboys. However, given the flashes of potential he once showed in the NFL, you can't be certain that Dallas won't want to give him one more chance.
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