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Simple Solution On Offense, Embrace The Nasty!



Cowboys Blog - Simple Solution On Offense, Embrace The Nasty! 1

Allow me to announce some breaking news, the Dallas Cowboys Offense is struggling.

If you pay attention to mainstream sports coverage, that's the message being repeated. Yet, they seldom offer any substantial solutions aside from the obvious... Wait for Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to get healthy.

While both would make a glaring difference, certain problems still remain even if their injuries never occurred. To not mix words, currently we're seeing play calling that calls for physical domination while the Offense is simply playing...


Harsh? Yes.

Honest? Yes.

Looking over film of this offense, far too often you see the lack of desire and mental toughness that is needed to be a physically dominating offense imposing its will on the Defense. The Offensive Line isn't moving the line of scrimmage, Running Backs are going down far too easily, Wide Receivers are getting bullied, and the Quarterback has played tentative.

Isn't That Why Changes Were Made?

La'el Collins, Matt Cassel, and Christine Michael are all either starting or have been alerted that their playing time will increase (Michael). Which is exactly what this offense is in desperate need of.

Last week I made it clear that the Cowboys needed to play up-tempo in order to move the ball against the Patriots.

Jason Garrett decided that a physical running approach was the best strategy, which was a grave mistake. The offense came to a screeching halt against an average - at best - Patriots Defense.

If the Cowboys are going to continue with this strategy the Offensive Line and Running Backs will have to Get Nasty. If listening to Janet Jackson's 1986 hit Nasty will help with the mindset, I encourage them all to listen to it on repeat.

Tyron Smith.

La'el Collins.

Travis Frederick.

Zack Martin.

Doug Free.

Embrace the Nasty, each one of you is capable of playing far beyond what you have shown in the first five games of the season. Even Frederick, who has been the best of the unit, can improve upon his play.

Go out and maul people. Stay on your block until the play is over. Dominate whoever stands in front of you. This team does not have any more time to waste while you figure out how to play as you did last season.

The New York Giants are coming, and they aren't going to back down.

It Isn't All On The Offensive Line Though Right?

Early on, I made the argument that I felt Darren McFadden was the best option at Running Back. Over the past few weeks, he has not even feigned physicality or focus. Yet, Joseph Randle has left a lot to be desired as well. He is not the same player that excited Cowboys fans last year either. He is not a lead back.

Christine Michael should start and get the bulk of the carries and I'm not concerned with Randle's mental state. If he wants to play in the NFL then he has to be a professional. If what Coach Jarrett tells us about C-Mike is accurate, he's hungry.

Very hungry.

His forte is his physical style... running with a nasty attitude that looks to punish defenders.

That's welcomed on the field because it energizes the offense and the entire team. It's time to give Michael the ball and let him run.

Is There Any Hope For The Receivers?

The outside receivers need to stop being bullied against the jam.

They have played against press coverage before, they know it's coming, and Derrek Dooley has worked with them to defeat it. They need to take what they do on the practice field and apply that when it really matters.

Terrance Williams has got to step up, whether or not Dez returns against the Giants, Devin Street has to have more than one catch every other game, and Bryce Butler has to get open down the field.

The Giants Secondary isn't great, but they haven't shown the ability to defeat average players with consistency thus far. They have to dig deep from within and show they have what it takes to make some plays for this offense.

Is Playing Nasty Enough?


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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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