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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

Brian Martin

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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

I kind of hate myself for writing this, but I think the topic of Johnny Manziel and the Dallas Cowboys has to be at least discussed. After all, there was a mutual interest between the two and one point, but a lot has changed since then.

Once upon a time, Jerry Jones wanted to make Johnny Manziel the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, but was fortunately convinced otherwise. The Cowboys ended up drafting Zack Martin instead, and the rest is history… Or is it?

Johnny Manziel ended up getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but we all know how that turned out. He pretty much did everything in his power to end his NFL career, whether it was intentional or not. I honestly don't know if I've ever seen someone dismantle their career as quickly as he did.

Johnny Manziel

QB Johnny Manziel (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

We all know how "troubled" Manziel was since entering the league, and probably back to his collegiate days at Texas A&M. It's all well-documented and he seemed to be a regular on TMZ. With his past troubles, it didn't really look as if he would get another chance in the NFL. But, it's funny how things can change with time.

Believe it or not, Johnny "Football" is back in the headlines as he tries to make his comeback. He has already thrown passes to receivers at University of San Diego's Pro Day, and will throw again at Texas A&M's Pro Day.

It certainly looks as if he is serious about turning his life around. He is doing and saying the right things, which is a step in the right direction. But, can he be fully trusted? That's the ultimate question teams will have to answer for themselves.

With all of that in mind, should the Dallas Cowboys consider him, again?

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

I don't know about you, but I'm personally on the fence. I used to love watching Manziel play during his time at Texas A&M. The argument could be made he is one of the most exciting collegiate players to play the game, at least in my lifetime.

Unfortunately, things didn't work out for him at the next level. His demons finally caught up to him and might just have ended his career before it really began.

The Dallas Cowboys don't really have a clear need at the quarterback position. Like it or not, Dak Prescott is their starting QB and their future. Behind him, Cooper Rush has shown he's worth keeping around and could become a really solid QB2.

The Cowboys will still likely bring in another QB or two as a camp arm, or someone else they think they can develop. Could Johnny Manziel be that type of player?

Well, if he's serious about making his return to the NFL, it might be his best and only shot.

He is already publicly stated he is willing to play for free on the practice squad in order to prove himself, and I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly show some interest.

This would definitely be one of those risk/reward situations we have seen the Cowboys take in the past. It's not something that needs to happen, but it could end up paying off.

Would you take a chance on Johnny Manziel?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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17 Comments
  • Stuart Brereton

    I totally disagree with bringing Johnny Manziel on to the team. The team needs no further distractions, we have two young quarterbacks that are the future of the team. If we want to bring in another arm for practice situations, we could sign a veteran back up that don’t bring the issues that Manziel would.

    • Brian Martin

      Stuart, I can see the positives and negatives of both sides. I don’t think I would personally bring Manziel aboard if I was the Cowboys, but I would understand why they would.

  • Randy Martin

    Animal cruelty is one of the chief reasons that the 3-ring circus is dying across America. Johnny Manziel is another 3-ring circus and we don’t need him to come to town. Did you draw the short straw in this one? Every team in the league has staffs that cover their team and I’m sure similar articles will appear especially after A&M’s pro day. Jerry has done some things over the years that made us scratching our head. This would make me question my loyalty. I’m happy for the man that he “seems” to be getting his life together saying all the right things but NO we don’t need the distraction he would bring. Sorry that you had to be the one to write this.

    • Brian Martin

      I didn’t draw the short straw, but I thought the topic should at least be discussed. I don’t think the Cowboys will bring in Manziel, or should, but some team may be willing to take the chance. I wouldn’t be terribly upset if the Cowboys did take a chance on him though. He’d make a good PS QB.

  • Raggedy Ann

    Hope Cowboys call Manziel and give him a shot….YES!

  • Reggie Ward

    What happened to second chances in America? Make a mistake and it is suppose to be over. No matter the sport. At least it seems that way to me. I am a TAMU fan and huge Johnny Football fan. I am also a Dallas Cowboys fan. So the idea of a QB from my favorite college team playing for my favorite pro team is a dream. But, reality is…I’d want to see Johnny play, not ride the bench.

    In turn, signing with the Boys is not ideal in my opinion. If we did and maybe our coaches can put in the good word for Manziel then it is worth it.

  • Matthew Harrell

    Mullenax!!! Stop hacking Brian’s account!

  • freeradio

    Dez is enough for any one team … let Johnny Football be someone else’s problem child.

  • ghetto eskimo

    Brian, IMO, we just don’t need those distractions, we have finally gotten the Zeke noise to die down, lets just focus on NFL, not TMZ!!!

  • KillaKlown210

    This kid is done, stop wasting time on this guy. He had his shot and blew it.

  • NastyShug

    Nope! Hell no! F#%k no! And don’t ask that again!

  • David Castle

    Jerry is known for giving players 2nd chances . We are suppose to be able to forgive and move on with our lives . we were put here to love each other and help each other if needed and have the capacity of doing so . We could use a 2nd/3rd string QB on our team but i would prefer one with a little NFL experience . But wouldn’t be shocked if Jerry see’s it as getting 1st round talent in the 6th round or 7th . Thats Jerry , a gambler !

  • David Allgood

    If people believe Dak is the answer they are clearly delusional. He is at best a backup. Take Manziel or bring Romo back if the defence is fixed and we can win now

    • Stuart Brereton

      Yeah right!
      Manziel was 3-7 as a starter. Dak is 13-3 and 9-7.
      Romo’s days are over, he’s retired, get over it!

      • David Allgood

        Teams put pressure on Dak he will turn it over . He doesn’t have the arm strength and he can’t read defences. He’s a Donovan McNabb choker By the way Romo can still play. And I would love to see Manzeil in Dallas so would the majority of the Dallas Fans. Dak is boring to watch. Scared to throw downfield. Jerry is getting and as l on the field pushes his chances further away. Understand this! He’s not a playmaker

    • Homer Price

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Johnny Manziel leads Dallas to the Super Bowl. Crazy things do happen.

  • Homer Price

    The Cowboys have nothing to lose. Johnny Manziel had no offensive line in Cleveland and took a lot of hits. He has a better arm than Dak Prescott and he is elusive in the back field. Could be the best move they make all year. I have lost all confidence in Dak’s short passes!

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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

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Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

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Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

https://twitter.com/TheSupremeTaco/status/1072203745868554240

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.



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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC" 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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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival" 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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