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Should Cowboys Address QB2 Via Trade?

Kevin Brady



Cowboys en Español: Cooper Rush
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If one thing has become abundantly clear during the preseason thus far, it's that if Dak Prescott goes down, the Dallas Cowboys are in big trouble at the quarterback position.

Of course, this is true of virtually every team in the league, as the game's most important position is also the most barren in talent. But for the Cowboys, they have looked a special kind of dreadful on offense when Prescott exits the game.

Yes, Ezekiel Elliott and much of the offensive line have also been out, causing the team's running game to be weaker than usual. But the fact of the matter is if the Cowboys have to give Cooper Rush or Mike White any real playing time, they'll be out of contention rather quickly.

So now the question becomes, should the Cowboys address the backup quarterback position via trade?

Well before looking for trade options around the league we first have to evaluate the Cowboys QB room internally. Obviously there is a lack of reliability behind Dak Prescott, but some fans and writers would argue that the lack of reliability actually begins with Dak Prescott.

While I certainly see him as their quarterback for the long haul, this is a prove-it-year for Prescott. And if he is unable to prove it, and looks more like the November 2017 version of himself than the 2016 version, having a reliable backup quarterback would be a necessary luxury.

Still, Prescott is the unquestioned leader in the locker room. The players seem to really respect him, and the coaches all sing his praises constantly. Prescott is the "guy" in Dallas for however long as his play dictates, and bringing in an outsider wouldn't change that. Even if that outsider is a veteran quarterback type.Cowboys 2018 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 3

The problem with trading, though, is that you don't want to give away assets which could aid Prescott in a championship chase. These assets should be used to build around Prescott, giving him any and all the firepower he needs to win games, and trading them away for a backup quarterback probably doesn't help accomplish that goal.

With all that being said it's still fun to shop around the league, right?

The obvious quarterback everyone seems to be looking for in a trade is current Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater. Coming off what looked to be a career ending injury, Bridgewater has played some of his best football during this year's preseason. There's an argument to be made that he's best quarterback the Jets have, but they have placed their future on the shoulders of rookie Sam Darnold. Darnold is the guy for the Jets moving forward, meaning that Bridgewater could be on his way out via trade.

A second, and potentially cheaper, option for the Cowboys is Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin. Though plagued by injuries throughout his career, Griffin can now serve as an above average backup, giving the Cowboys some more depth behind Prescott.

Like the Jets, the Ravens could be looking to deal Griffin because of a first round rookie quarterback. Lamar Jackson has been relatively impressive during the preseason, though he does need some work before taking over the QB1 role. Still, Jackson is a solid backup option for 2018, meaning that Griffin could be available via trade.

All in all it's hard for me to imagine the Cowboys making any trades for a quarterback. I think the most realistic option is that they bring in someone after final cuts, like they did in 2016 when they signed Mark Sanchez prior to the start of the regular season.

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.



  1. Paul Marino

    August 28, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Funny how when Prescott plays bad last year everyone rushes to defend him by pointing out that he had to play some games without Elliot or T Smith.
    Now when Rush has one bad game playing without any starters practically the same people that didn’t have the heart to criticize Prescott are telling us Rush is no good and we are in big trouble if he has to play. What a joke!

    • Ervinlang318

      August 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

      People forgot Dak was the QB of a 13-3 #1 Seed Team in 2016 and was ready to throw him out like garbage last year. Rush has no skins on the wall and no other teams are trying to trade for him.

  2. Ethan Chazin

    August 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    the team has made a conscious choice to approach roster building at the QB position by NOT going after proven pros with prior experience. They wanna roll with the young guns regardless of what Rush or White have/haven’t done in OTAs, training camp and pre-season. So be it! Hind sight will prove 20-20

  3. Mark

    August 28, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Should they go get Bridgewater? Yes, OF COURSE they should. Getting ANY kind of deal on such an incredible talent is a complete no-brainer.

    If not Bridgewater, should they go get RGIII? Yes, OF COURSE, they should. Highly competent, mobile QB with renowned accuracy on deep throws…and for a low price? Total no-brainer.

    Will they? OF COURSE NOT. They just keep making the very same dumb decisions over and over. Who needs a good backup QB?! Who needs a good nose tackle?! Does size, speed, and giant glue-like hands matter at TE?! Naaah…Go with the slow, weak, butt-kissers.

    I’d love to believe that Stephen or Will McClay would be able to convince JJ and JG to not be stupid. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches
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.

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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



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



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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