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With Smith Questionable, Chaz Green Should Do Fine For Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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A lot of things were wrong with this Dallas Cowboys football team before the bye week. A 2-3 start left that clear. The defense suffered a couple of injuries and it wasn't even decent. But even the offense struggled. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest problems was the offensive line.

After losing Doug Free and Ronald Leary during the offseason, new faces were fighting for the two starting vacancies left by the veterans.

To open the season, Chaz Green was named the starting left guard only to eventually lose the job to Jonathan Cooper. Cooper, a former first-round pick, has been one of the biggest difference makers in the Cowboys' last three wins.

The running game has improved, and he's made a few key blocks for Ezekiel Elliott. Overall, the offensive line looks entirely different. After Cooper became LG1, this offensive line is looking more like it did in 2016.

Sean's Scout: Cooper's Improvements at LG Sparks Cowboys Run Game

I'm convinced that Cooper's promotion has been one of the best decisions this coaching staff has made in the season. And now, there's yet another reason why this will prove fortunate for the Cowboys.

Tyron Smith has been dealing with back and groin injuries for a while now and was taking a lot of practices off. This time, the left tackle didn't practice all week. With lingering injuries all season, sitting 77 out this Sunday might be the best decision by the Cowboys.

Luckily for Dallas, Chaz Green made more than a decent job covering for Smith in 2016, and he should do just fine in Atlanta.

Now, don't get me wrong. Obviously, going from arguably the best left tackle in football to Green is obviously a downgrade. But with 79 on the field, the offensive line will not become big concern as some would think.

Green will do just enough to keep this offense working.

Last year, he started in two games covering for Tyron Smith. One versus the Bears and the other at San Francisco. His performance impressed Cowboys Nation, and there's no reason to think it won't this time around.

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In the above play, the run by Elliott isn't an enormous gain, but look at Chaz Green. That's a solid block right there. That's what Green will get you. Maybe he won't dominate all game, but he won't be a liability.

In the run game, his blocking is pretty consistent. Surely, the running back corp will need help from the offensive line as the Cowboys get ready to play their first game without Ezekiel Elliott since 2015.

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Chaz Green also did a good job in pass protection. He's not the most flashy LT ever, obviously, but he gets the job done. While I didn't like him as a LG1, it's fair to say he's a solid backup tackle.

He rarely struggles, and the Falcons don't have a premium pass rusher to take advantage of Green. This would've been chaos for the Cowboys if Green was still starting at left guard. However, there's enough reason to be confident on this offense without Smith.

It'd be wise in my opinion to let Smith sit this one out. The Cowboys have tougher games ahead. They face the Philadelphia Eagles in week 11 and having Tyron healthy for that game will be more important than having him this weekend.

The Dallas Cowboys are facing a lot of adversity as they get ready to possibly play without three of their biggest stars. Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith.

Will they get through it?

Tell me what you think about "With Smith Questionable, Chaz Green Should Do Fine For Cowboys" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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12 Comments
  • Russ Kennedy

    Mairicio, it’s the 4th quarter. He couldn’t have been much if any worse.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Yeah, I truly was proven wrong. Had hope on the guy, he did a decent job last year covering for Smith. I was blatantly wrong, and I apologize.

      • Russ Kennedy

        No problem I was hoping too. you were right to hope if he filled in that well last year. I just can’t remember! Looks like he just gets off balance a little too easy . Maybe a little more playing time few more repetitions may help. Sometimes I do think Dak needs to step up into the pocket like a Brady does.

        With Tyron it probably hasn’t needed to be an issue but with these guys playing left tackle it may need to be looked at

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          Yeah, it’s one of those things that you hope come with experience. Dak is good at pocket awareness, and has been getting better over his career. I think he’ll do nothing but improve. The kid is special.

  • Tyler Ayers

    Yah…this is not so “fine”

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      I was proven wrong, I apologize. I truly believed he’d do a decent job.

      • Tyler Ayers

        no apologies! Just busting your chops.

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          Haha, it was a tough performance to watch.

  • Chris Webster

    Tough game for Green.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      It really was. I was so wrong. I looked at his 2016 tape and he wasn’t bad. Thought that’d be the case today… clearly, it wasn’t. I apologize.

      • Chris Webster

        I agree…..he would not have been on the team if this bad. 2 or 3 sacks today I would put on Green, but after that, it was a coaching failure for not getting him help. Appreciate your Cowboys analysis.

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          As always, thank you for reading. I love my job so much. Sometimes, wrong takes happen. Appreciate the comments, Chris.

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Cowboys G Marcus Martin Needs Surgery; Impact on 53-Man Roster

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Marcus Martin, the veteran guard Dallas signed as a free agent last March, suffered a potential season-ending injury in the team's preseason opener last Thursday night. Just how long he'll be out is still be determined, but it still should impact the Cowboys' final 53-man roster this season.

Martin tore ligaments in his right big toe against the 49ers. However, as of yesterday, it was not decided if he would pursue surgery.

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The Cowboys don't expect backup OG Marcus Martin to play this season after he tore ligaments in his big toe in the preseason opener, but he's seeking a 2nd opinion before deciding whether to have surgery. Martin signed a 1-year deal with Dallas as a free agent this offseason.

A former third-round pick in 2014, the 24-year-old was brought in as a potential reserve at both guard at center. He was still in competition with Joe Looney and others for a roster spot, though, and his minimal one-year contract suggested nothing was guaranteed.

Even if Martin doesn't have surgery, he is almost sure to miss the start of the season. Dallas would likely place him on injured reserve, but still have the option to recall him after Week 8.

Marcus' absence all but guarantees that Looney will return in 2018. This will be his third year in the system and his ability to play center is critical.

In my 53-man roster projection last week, I had both Looney and Martin making the team. So if I had that right, that means a spot has opened up for probably fifth-year veteran Kadeem Edwards, who was playing with the second unit in the preseason opener.

The notorious Chaz Green, who has played guard at times, could also be the beneficiary of the open roster spot.

Damien Mama, an undrafted free agent in 2017 who Dallas added this offseason, is the only other guard currently on the roster. We should get to see more of him as the preseason continues.

Marcus Martin's availability, or lack thereof, and how it ultimately impacts the roster will be determined in the coming weeks.



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LB Jaylon Smith 100% Healthy Entering 2018 Season

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If you need any more reason to be excited about the Dallas Cowboys upcoming 2018 season, then look no further than their 2016 second-round draft pick, Jaylon Smith. His comeback story from the devastating knee injury he sustained in his last collegiate game at Notre Dame has been well-documented, but recent news suggests his journey has finally come full circle.

Once considered a top-five pick, Smith saw his draft stock plummet due to concerns he may never be able to step foot on the field ever again. Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys were willing to gamble he would be able to make a full recovery and once again become the player he was with the Fighting Irish.

The long and grueling rehab process couldn't have been easy to endure. Jaylon Smith was forced to pretty much redshirt his rookie season and played on a pitch count Year 2 while he continued to rehab, waiting for nerve regeneration that may never fully heal.

Luckily for him, he joined a team with a really good support system both on and off the field. A support system that just so happened to include his brother, Running Back Rod Smith. It's that support system that could have made a huge difference in his approach to rehab. An approach that may have finally paid off.

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All reports indicate Jaylon Smith is 100% healthy once again, or as close to it as possible. Rod Smith, his brother, said Jaylon is back to being as good as he was at Notre Dame. Jaylon however said he is even better than he was. But, they are not the only ones weighing in on Smith's health.

Scouting Director Will McClay went on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio Monday morning and declared LB Jaylon 100 percent healthy from the injury he suffered in college that kept him out his rookie season in 2016 and had him on a pitch count in 2017.

Will McClay isn't the only one that has noticed a difference in Jaylon Smith. Head Coach Jason Garrett has said Smith has grown leaps and bounds from last year and are treating him like a player with no limitations.

"Again, he worked hard in his rehab. Coming into this off-season he was able to take that brace off. I think that's freed him up a little bit," Garrett said.

"And he just looks much more natural. So again, you'll have to ask him that very question, but from our point of view, he looks like he's moving around really well, changing direction really well, making a lot of plays. I think he's gaining more confidence with each day. We really don't have a plan for him right now. He's full-go and ready to practice every day with no limitation."

All of these accounts certainly make it sound like Jaylon Smith's arrow is trending upwards and that he is as healthy as he has been since joining the Dallas Cowboys.

Luckily, we don't have long to see him in action. I don't know about you, but Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Week 1 of the NFL Preseason can't get here soon enough.

Are you excited to see a 100% healthy Jaylon Smith this season?



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Anthony Brown’s Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys currently have two players competing for one spot on their defense. They are third-year Cornerback Anthony Brown and second-year Cornerback Jourdan Lewis, both looking to earn the starting position in the slot.

What makes this a tough, looming decision for the Cowboys is the development of both players. Brown and Lewis have both appeared to play well beyond their years at times. For Lewis, this was last year's rookie campaign, and for Brown you have to go back to his first season in 2016.

The progression of Brown and Lewis is a reflection of why the Cowboys should be so excited about the addition of Kris Richard. Great coaches need equally talented players to truly be successful, as the Cowboys building a top secondary has been in the works for years.

To discredit Brown's role in this turnover because of Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones' presence on the outside would be unfair to not only him, but a Cowboys coaching staff criticized for not knowing how to utlize their players best. Once Brown was moved to the slot last year, he was able to regain the form that made him a sixth round steal back in 2016.

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Two-straight days with a pick for Anthony Brown. Just cut in front of a comeback route to intercept Cooper Rush #cowboyswire

Brown is coming into his own out in Oxnard. From "the player keeping Jourdan Lewis off the field" to the cornerback Richard and the Cowboys want out there, both young players are hungry to prove themselves further.

It may very well be Lewis' physical limitations that are keeping him from getting the same opportunity that Brown has earned. The ball skills and awareness that Brown displayed in his first year were rare to Dallas at the time, but not anymore thanks in large part to Lewis.

Even with a culture built on competition firmly in place before adding Richard, the Cowboys new passing game coordinator has found a way to bring his trademark passion and intensity to coaching this defense. A player that's always needed confidence instilled in him, Brown is thriving under Richard while Lewis should be expected to not trail too far behind.

Wearing his third-round draft status as a chip on his shoulder (I'm choosing to forget that Brown has a literal tattoo of a chip on his shoulder), Lewis was an exuberantly confident player a year ago. As far as anyone can tell, this hasn't changed at training camp.

Having too much depth at cornerback is rare in today's NFL. Only when considering long shots like Donovan Olumba, Kam Kelly, and Charvarius Ward does this become the case for the Cowboys. I expect both Brown and Lewis to make this team's roster and contribute in 2018.

In their short time with the team, both defenders have dealt with injuries that make depth in the slot more important. It's also possible that Brown and Lewis will be on the field at the same time together in Dime packages.

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Animated Kris Richard coaching up Anthony Brown. https://t.co/B8mRhDahB8

Still pretty early into training camp, Brown's resurgence is a great problem for the Cowboys to have. It could be the key to getting the absolute most out of this secondary, given Brown's experience paired with the young talent around him.

Such talent was absent during Brown's best season yet, meaning the best may be still to come for the Purdue product that's been tough to beat all summer on the practice fields. If this holds up in game action, like the Cowboys will see Thursday at the 49ers, the Cowboys defense is going to live up to their hype and then some.

Tell us what you think about "Anthony Brown’s Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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