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Should Cowboys Pursue Recently Released LB Mychal Kendricks?

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Should Cowboys Pursue Recently Released LB Mychal Kendricks?

After failing to find a trade partner for Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to release the six-year veteran instead. Should the Dallas Cowboys come calling?

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Eagles releasing veteran LB Mychal Kendricks, per source. Kendricks spent six years with Eagles; he's not expected to be unemployed long.

As Adam Schefter states, Mychal Kendricks isn't expected to be unemployed very long. It's very rare that someone as talented and consistent as Kendricks hits the open market this late in the offseason, but someone is going to scoop him up pretty quickly.

The Dallas Cowboys could definitely use someone of Kendricks pedigree to add to their mix of linebackers in 2018. There are a lot of questions surrounding the position and Kendricks' addition would without a doubt fortify the position moving forward.

Mychal Kendricks

Free Agent LB Mychal Kendricks

Right now, there is only one linebacker whose role is 100% set in stone, Sean Lee. He will once again start on the weak side (WILL), but we all know it probably won't be for an entire season. His struggles to remain healthy are a concern, especially now Anthony Hitchens has moved on.

There are also questions surrounding where Jaylon Smith and the Cowboys rookie first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch will play. Many believe Smith will move to the strong side (SAM) and Vander Esch will start in the middle (MIKE). But, there are still concerns about Smith's health and if Vander Esch is ready to start right away.

That is where Mychal Kendricks would definitely help. I believe he can play all three LB positions in the Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme. And, his starting experience would allow the coaching staff to take the cautious approach with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

I believe the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be interested in a player of Kendricks caliber, but in the end it's going to come down to money, as it always does. Unfortunately, Kendricks' asking price is probably going to be too steep for the Cowboys.

Dallas has been more frugal with the way they spend their money these past few years. This likely means Cowboys fans shouldn't get their hopes up that Mychal Kendricks will be wearing silver and blue anytime soon. But, it doesn't hurt to pick up the phone to see what it would take to make him a Dallas Cowboy.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys pursue LB Mychal Kendricks?



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  1. Kevin Black

    May 23, 2018 at 8:04 am

    My first reaction is no. My second is… maybe.

    Cost will be a primary factor. I doubt Kendricks will take a team friendly deal and Dallas still has a lot of steaks on the grill so to speak. On top of that, you’d have to give him multiple years and that would mean he starts. That means one of the current three sits. You don’t invest in the LB corps with 1st and 2nd round draft picks to sit them. And Sean Lee isn’t going to sit. If you got Kendricks, then Lee and Kendricks are on the field for nickel D and LVE and Jaylon are sitting on the bench 60% of the time.

    So my last reaction is… no.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      May 23, 2018 at 8:24 am

      I can see both the positive and negative of bringing in Kendricks. Like you said, he would probably have to be a starter which would cut into Smith’s and Vander Esch’s playing time (negative). Of course you could start Kendricks at SAM and then have a rotation with Smith and Vander Esch at MLB. This could be a positive as it would keep them fresh and healthier for the entire season. In the end though, I think it’s going to cost too much which will put him out of the running with the Cowboys.

  2. Stet Ross7777

    May 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

    It Is A No Brainer Sign Linebacker Michal Kendrick , Right Now!!!! . We Need Badly In Our Linebacker Unit

    • Stet Ross7777

      May 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

      # 2018 Superbowl

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      May 23, 2018 at 9:28 am

      I don’t think the Cowboys need him badly, but he would definitely upgrade the LB position. Zack Martin will eventually get signed and I don’t really think any of the other players you mentioned would be an upgrade for the Cowboys. Maybe one of the TEs.

      • Stet Ross7777

        May 23, 2018 at 10:10 am

        Safety T. J. Ward And Safety Ron Parker , Would Both Us Out Brian, Sir In The Back End Our Defense Allowing , Giving More Time To Our Front Seven Impede Put Max On The Imposing Quarterback Like # QB Aaron Rodgers , Tom Brady , Drew Bees , Etc…… We Need To Badly Improve Our Entire Defensive Unit Brian 1.Secondary Unit 2 . Linebacker Unit 3. Defensive Line Unit Sir Let’s Feed This Starving Dog If We Really And , Truly Want Win A Superbowl Anytime End The Near Future …….. If Not We Will Always Go Into Another NFL Season With Not Much Hope To Win A Superbowl An Possible Record Of 8 And 8 That Is Getting Very Old For Me We A Need A Fight Chance # Look At Roster Improvement Of The Philadelphia Eagles , Atlanta Falcons , Los Angeles Rams As Examples These Teams Are Saying To Everyone I Want To Win The Superbowl . 1 Team Has Won One , Another Team Should If Did Not Make Dump Mistake And , Los Angeles Rams Will Definitely In The For The 2018 Superbowl And , Philadelphia Eagles Could Repeat And , Dallas Cowboys Got To Do Something Right Now This Is Improve The Entire Defensive Unit ……… Brian

        • Stet Ross7777

          May 23, 2018 at 10:14 am

          # Fan From The TrueBlue Cowboy Nation

    • Stet Ross7777

      May 23, 2018 at 10:16 am

      # 2018 Superbowl

  3. oneputter

    May 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    yes 100% with out a doubt. he has been on of my favorite players since coming out of college. i hated that he went to the eagles.

    he’s a thumper who plays down hill, definitely someone we need in our rotation.

    Start him at the MIKE, sharing time with LVE. we all know 50 is a risk to play the entire season, so having a vet like kendricks would be a huge asset for us.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      May 23, 2018 at 9:26 am

      I’d like to add them to the LB group as well, but he’s probably going to be out of the Cowboys price range.

  4. Roguewave1

    May 28, 2018 at 10:12 am

    We can count on Sean Lee being out. No brainer for a quality LB.

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

It was inevitable that we would reach this point eventually. I warned Cowboys Nation back in May to prepare yourselves that 2018 might be the last time we see Cole Beasley in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, and indeed that could be the scenario that plays out. Now a free agent, Beasley is free to sign with any team of his choosing.

The Dallas Cowboys have however shown an interest in bringing Cole Beasley back in the mix. They supposedly offered him a contract extension before the start of the season, but it was a number Beasley scoffed at. To me, this suggests the two sides may have a difficult time mutually agreeing on the money amount it would take to keep him in a Cowboys uniform for what could be the rest of his career.

Being a fan favorite too many Cowboys fans, it would be hard for many of us to see Cole Beasley playing in a different uniform. But more than that, his productivity in the passing game and bond with Quarterback Dak Prescott would surely be missed and not easily replaced.

Cole Beasley, Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

As much as I hate to admit it, I have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys extending Beasley's contract. Unfortunately, he's just not at the top of the list when it comes to handing out contract extensions. In fact, he could be at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Cowboys still have to extend DeMarcus Lawrence, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, and quite possibly Ezekiel Elliott and Byron Jones. All of these players are probably more of a priority than Beasley due to the positions they play and their age. That means No. 11 is likely the odd man out.

I'm not ruling out his return to Dallas just yet though. He may find the Cowboys previous offer was more than fair to the way other teams value him on the open market. That would certainly increase the possibility of him staying put and not having to uproot his family to another city.

There is no denying the Dallas Cowboys value Cole Beasley and what he brings to the passing game. His value may even rise a little now that Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan is no longer in the picture. A new OC definitely adds an interesting twist in determining Beasley's future with America's Team.

What do you think? Should the Dallas Cowboys extend Cole Beasley's contract?



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Cowboys Chill While Pats & Rams Set to Thrill

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If you were to check out the line on the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, you might wander over to Sportsbook Review, where you could read a 5Dimes review and see what all the best online sportsbooks, first and foremost among them 5Dimes, are dealing on this intriguing matchup. Tom Brady and the Patriots, much to everyone’s chagrin outside the six New England states, are back in it – again – and are currently slight favorites over the emerging LA Rams.

In New England’s 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the Patriots did what they always seem to do, which is rally late and win in dramatic fashion. It’s become almost a ho-hum experience in New England while the rest of the country bites on a bullet, cursing the embarrassment of riches and success that has been the standard of this Patriots’ franchise for two decades. But this was supposed to be the season that the dynasty would end after viewing Tom Brady’s often mediocre performances and his All-World tight end, Rob Gronkowski, hobbling up and down the field without the same reckless abandon as we’ve seen in year’s past. And then their only truly talented speed merchant capable of stretching the field, Josh Gordon, left the team under a cloud of suspicion.

Unfortunately for the rest of the nation, the Patriots' once porous defense coalesced into a rather stout unit and apparently, the two weeks between the end of the regular season and the start of the Patriots’ postseason was enough time for Brady to heal from his rumored sprained MCL that he had been dealing with in silence all season long.

Gronkowski must have also visited the same shaman as Brady because he looked as dominating as ever in ripping the Chiefs on every critical third-down throughout the final quarter. Finally, the conduit to much of Brady’s success, Julian Edelman, is now being mentioned as a Hall-of-Fame candidate when his run is done.

It’s all a bit much for everyone else, but not for Patriots Nation.

The LA Rams will be the Patriots’ latest foe on the league’s grandest stage as they have a burgeoning superstar in Jared Goff. Los Angeles tore through the regular season off of the golden arm of Goff and his Juggernauts, winning 13 of 16 and earning a first-round bye. Their first foray into the 2018 postseason was a 30-22 win over the determined but overwhelmed Dallas Cowboys. The Rams then traveled to the lair of Drew Brees and the Saints down on the bayou and came away with a 26-23 overtime victory.

However, had it not been for an inexcusable non-call, it is far more likely LA would be watching, rather than participating in this year’s Super Bowl. If you didn’t see it or hadn’t heard about it, then the question begs; why are you reading this article?

Of course, you know that LA’s cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman steamrolled New Orleans’ wideout Tommylee Lewis as Brees’ pass was descending toward Lewis inside the five-yard line. It was a penalty without a flag and that one blown call forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that pushed them ahead 23-20. Yet, there was still enough time on the clock to give Goff and his prolific Rams’ offense one last gasp at either tying the game or putting a dagger through the hearts of Saints’ fans everywhere with a touchdown in the waning moments.

It was the former and not the latter that occurred, but an errant pass by Brees in overtime sealed the deal as the Rams picked it off and ultimately ended the contest off the thunderous foot of Greg Zuerlein.

If you want to check out the line movements over the next two weeks for Super Bowl LIII then get on over to Sportsbook Review, read the 5Dimes review, and see exactly where the money is moving the spread as well as the total in the game. Buckle up Cowboys’ fans, it’s gonna get even more interesting as February 3rd draws near.



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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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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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