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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 am currently a college student. Lets get going.

  • Paul Marino

    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

      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.

  • Ethan Chazin

    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

  • Mark

    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’ Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

Say what you want about Randy Gregory and his past struggles, but he might just be turning into the player the Dallas Cowboys envisioned when they drafted him in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. All I can say is, it's about time!

Randy Gregory is just one of many players Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has gone out of his way to help in the hopes of improving his football team, but very few have received as much patience and personal attention as Gregory. Jerry has continued to stand by him through all of his off the field issues and suspensions, despite not getting much in return.

It's been somewhat confusing for a lot of Cowboys Nation. Many fans have been ready to move on from the troubled defensive end, but not Jerry Jones. This was his pick back in 2015 and he was bound and determined to see it through. That's exactly what he's done and he might actually see some return on his investment.

Randy Gregory isn't exactly blowing things up like Linebacker Leighton Vander Ecsh or some of his other defensive teammates, but he's quietly strung together some good games these past several weeks. In the last four games he has three quarterback sacks, three quarterback hits, and a tackle for a loss. That's not even mentioning how he's consistently applying pressure to the QB as well.

Randy Gregory

Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

I know it doesn't look like much from the outside looking in, but to me he's starting to look like a player who's finally finding his groove. I don't know about you, but I will take any silver lining I can get when it comes to Randy Gregory. Even if it is the small sample size.

We all knew it might take him a while to get things going after missing all 2017 and parts of 2016 due to suspensions. That's a lot of football to miss for a young player and it's kind of hurt his development. That's probably one of the reasons the Cowboys brought him along a little slowly this season.

I don't think there's any reason to pull back the reins any longer though. Gregory looks as if he has acclimated to the game once again and is ready, willing, and able to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence from here on out. The Cowboys defense is just better with him in the lineup.

Randy Gregory has had to overcome a lot of personal demons to reach this point in his career, and for that I commend him. It couldn't have been an easy road to go down, but the work he has put in is paying off and he can finally see the fruits of his labor for himself. That could pay huge dividends not only from a confidence standpoint, but also as a sense of validation.

Now, he just needs to keep his nose to the grind stone and continue to do what he's been doing. I think everything else will work itself out and both he and the Cowboys will be better for it.

Do you think Randy Gregory is finally hitting his stride?

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QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations

Kevin Brady



Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.

Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.

There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.

One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.

Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.

This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.

Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.

He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.

For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez



Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

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