All this talk about Terrell Owens feeling betrayed by Jerry Jones is just a waste of everyone's time. Now I've said for a long time that Owens has issues, but that his production usually outweighed his issues by enough to keep him around. I've said that this team could move into the 09 season with Owens and be just fine. But obviously it didn't and they won't.
The problems Owens caused were usually rather trivial and didn't amount to very much until the media got a hold of it, then suddenly every fan had an opinion of it as I'm sure each player and coach did as well. Never mind whether or not these coaches and players knew the whole story or witnessed it and knew things about it each time that the media did not, the media was able to color every story to their own needs. Often, the media was given an extra push by the words of some of the players.
And when it all came to a head earlier this month and Owens was released by the Cowboys, we all figured it would only be a matter of time before Owens started talking about the whole situation much in the same way he talked about McNabb after signing with the Cowboys.
He waited until he got a new gig in Buffalo, and then a bit longer until a lot of questions had been settled about his move and new team, but he did start talking. Whether we've seen the height of his ramblings or not remains to be seen.
What he has said though is that he feels like Jerry Jones betrayed him, like Jerry Jones allowed the influences of few to affect his decision to keep Owens on the team. It was an issue before he was cut in that nobody believed Jerry would let him go because he was "his boy" so to speak.
As it turns out, he wasn't, though. As it turns out, some of the media reports that Garrett and Stephen Jones were lobbying to get rid of Owens may have been right. The truth is that we don't know now, and probably never will, exactly why Owens was released.
What we do know is that Owens was a problem to be dealt with at all times. Maybe he wasn't any bigger of a problem than any other #1 receiver is by wanting the ball and expecting to be the featured receiver on the team, but he was a problem. He did good his first couple of years in Dallas to keep his mouth shut and not stir the pot whenever he had a chance like he had done at previous stops.
But in 2008 he began his campaign for more balls and better ball distribution and ultimately, whether he realized it or not at the time, his departure from the storied franchise. Obviously it wouldn't have been smart for him to act the way he did if he really believed that he would or could be cut since his options are so limited due to his reputation in the league, and nobody will argue that he got a better deal leaving Dallas for Buffalo. He didn't.
So it lends some credit, along with the fact that he is pretty smart about his career most of the time, to the notion that he felt a strong enough bond with owner Jones to keep him around even with him running his mouth to the media.
We do know what Jones gave as the reason for cutting Owens, and it's a good reason that was delivered in a way that almost totally dropped the bottom out of the stories that Owens was nothing but a trouble maker and chemistry killer in the locker room and on the field.
To say that the younger receivers on the team can actually replace Owens seems a bit naïve, but the idea is a good one to have since Owens will likely play only another year or two before retiring. There always comes a time when a player must be replaced. It can be from age or production or money, but it always happens.
But for a player, especially a 13 year veteran that has been through the stops that Owens has been through and for the reasons he's been through those stops, to say that he feels betrayed by an owner for releasing him is just insane. It's a business, and no matter how you look at it, Owens was good for two things; 1) having big plays, and 2) getting media attention.
We all know that Jones is a media whore, it is anything but a secret after 20 years in the league, and Owens did have a lot of big plays in his time in Dallas, it was about all he could get running fly routes every down.
But there comes a time when the media attention is too much, when one player's following can affect the followings of other players. Terence Newman hasn't been the best at boosting his own image in the media lately with his comments, but his new rep didn't surface until Owens grew more vocal in 2008. Yes, one probably has nothing to with the other, but the coincidence is there and it's apparent enough to mention it.
It could very well be that we all have it wrong with regards to Owens, but even if we are wrong and Owens was a model player and teammate, even his own teammates bought into the hype and that makes it a problem.
It's like driving down an old country road in a Ferrari, not enough room for a u-turn and turning around is going to be a bit bumpy. Once Owens' publicity spread amongst the team there was no going back. The only reasonable end to it was to end his run in Dallas.
And that is why Owens is a fool for saying that Jones betrayed him, because in the end, it was Owens in the drivers seat.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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