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Terrell Owens Betrayed Himself

Bryson Treece

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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.

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  • http://www.cowboycards.com cowboycards

    Well thought out article. It’s not often you read a TO article where the writer is not slamming TO at every turn. TO was good for Dallas and Dallas was good for TO. Things just didn’t seem to be working out last year and they needed a change and TO was the obvious choice. I hope he continues to play well in Buffalo and I thank him for his service in Dallas!

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How Much Must Jason Garrett Accomplish to be “Safe”?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How Much Does Jason Garrett Have to Accomplish to be "Safe"?

The Dallas Cowboys will face some uncertainty this offseason but one thing's for sure: Jason Garrett will be the head coach in 2018. Whether the fans think that's the correct call or not, that's how it will be. Beyond this year though, that's something we don't know.

Jerry Jones has made comments to the media saying that Garrett is not on the hot seat. However, I'm not buying it. The Cowboys failed in 2017, and there should be no excuse for them. Not even the key injuries. After all, didn't the Eagles lose Carson Wentz and more key players? They taught this team a lesson.

Sure, Jerry's comments make it seem like Garrett's safe, but in the NFL listening to what an owner has to say and take it as an absolute fact isn't really the way to go. If the Cowboys have another disappointing year in 2018, Garrett's probably gone.

The NFL is a very intense league. 2014 was a great year for Dallas and everyone was fine with the coaching staff, only to be completely fed up with it in 2015. Then 2016 happened and Garrett was named the NFL's Coach of the Year. Just a year later, lots of Cowboys' fans are ready to move on.

That's the way it works. Naturally, Cowboys Nation is a bit afraid of ending up in a similar situation as the Cincinnati Bengals with their coach, Marvin Lewis. They always seem to be close, but they end up not doing their job to finish the season.

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Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett (Bill Streicher / USA TODAY Sports)

I'd dare say that if the Cowboys open the season losing a ton of games, we could even see the front office firing Jason Garrett midseason. I know it sounds extreme, but it happened to Wade Phillips, who knows what could happen this year.

But, Jason was given a chance. He has the opportunity to turn things around.

The interesting question is: how much does he have to do?

If they miss the playoffs once again, I don't know how they feel comfortable with this coaching staff heading into 2019. Getting to the playoffs is a must for Garrett if he wants to stay coaching the Cowboys.

What happens if they get to the playoffs as a Wildcard team, though? What happens if they're able to play in January but end up being one-and-done? Do they need to get to the Super Bowl? Obviously, these are tough questions that Jerry & Co. will have to think about once the season begins.

It may sound like too much, but if they don't at least get to the NFC Championship... what will change in the future that will get this team to win it all? It's hard to imagine it will be the case, but it isn't crazy to think of this season as the last chance for Jason Garrett.

However you feel about the coaches, it's only fair to admit that Garrett (as well as Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli) should be in danger of losing their jobs. Let's see what's in store for them next season.

Tell me what you think about "How Much Must Jason Garrett Accomplish to be “Safe”?" 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!

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Cowboys en Español: Construyendo una Defensiva de Campeonato en Dallas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Construyendo una Defensiva de Campeonato en Dallas

Por muchos años, una defensiva de campeonato ha sido un sueño lejano para la franquicia de los Dallas Cowboys. Nos hemos acostumbrado a ver posiciones defensivas como las principales necesidades del equipo temporada tras temporada, y a pesar de esto, no hemos visto nada parecido.

En una temporada en la que básicamente todos los contendientes de playoffs tenían excelentes defensivas (los Jaguars, Eagles y Vikings los principales ejemplos), es un excelente momento para reflexionar al respecto.

El dicho dice que "las defensivas ganan campeonatos", y es increíble pensar en que realmente parece una ley esta frase. Incluso los Denver Broncos del 2015 lograron ganar el Super Bowl a pesar de una ofensiva muy mediocre.

Los Cowboys, a pesar de una temporada con una dura curva de aprendizaje para Dak Prescott y un mal año de parte de los receptores, tienen una ofensiva con la cual se puede trabajar. Ezekiel Elliott es claramente uno de los mejores corredores en la liga, y la línea ofensiva quizá no es la misma que la del 2016, pero sigue siendo muy buena.

Y aunque sea difícil de creer, este equipo tiene la oportunidad de tener una defensiva de campeonato en el 2018. No será nada fácil lograrlo, pero si lo llegan a lograr, las esperanzas de triunfar la próxima temporada incrementarán dramáticamente.

Empezando por la línea defensiva, en Dallas hay dos jugadores exageradamente talentosos. David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence le dan al equipo una oportunidad de tener una de las mejores líneas de la liga.

Claro que, el problema es el tope salarial. A pesar de esto, existe la posibilidad de que logren realizar todos estos movimientos. Recientemente, John Williams escribió un detallado artículo acerca del tope salarial de los Cowboys y de cómo la administración puede jugar con él para hacer suficiente espacio.

Si logran retener a ambos, podrían jugar enseguida de Maliek Collins o algún novato que pueda contribuir desde el día uno, y si tienen suerte con un Taco Charlton mejorado. Siempre está Crawford y su versatilidad en la mesa.

Continuando con los linebackers, mucho se trata de la salud. Ya sea si hablamos de la del veterano Sean Lee, quien podría ser considerado uno de los mejores en su posición en la NFL si no fuera por sus muy constantes lesiones o si hablamos del futuro incierto de Jaylon Smith.

En esta posición, los Cowboys tienen que decidir si le pagaran a Anthony Hitchens, quien ha mejorado mucho año tras año, para que se quede en Dallas. Si lo logran, la unidad de apoyadores también se ve muy sólida, lo cual sólo deja a la secundaria.

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Dallas Cowboys DBs Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

El año pasado, Chidobe Awuzie y Jourdan Lewis fueron añadidos al equipo y en el 2017 demostraron de lo que estaban hechos. Estos dos jugadores son una de las razones por las que más emocionados deberíamos estar.

Podríamos ver un cambio de Byron Jones a cornerback para mejorar su producción y de esta manera, los Cowboys podrían invertir en la búsqueda que todos hemos estado soñando... Earl Thomas. Con la adición de Kris Richard al equipo de coaches esto parece muy prometedor, y como dije anteriormente... no será fácil, pero hay maneras de manejar el tope salarial.

Sería improbable ver que todos estos movimientos tuvieran lugar, pero realmente habla mucho de la posición en la que este equipo está de tener una excelente defensiva. Es un equipo que está casi completo, esperemos que ese "casi" se eliminé lo más pronto posible.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Construyendo una Defensiva de Campeonato en Dallas" 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!

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Will Kavon Frazier be Cowboys Version of Kam Chancellor?

Brian Martin

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Will Kavon Frazier be Cowboys Version of Kam Chancellor?

The Dallas Cowboys have been trying to emulate the Seattle Seahawks defense for several years now. The hiring of Kris Richard to become the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator could make that infatuation turn into reality.

There is reason to believe that Kris Richard will have quite a bit of influence on the defensive side ball. Rod Marinelli supposedly contemplated retiring after the 2017 season, which could indicate Richard was brought in to be his eventual replacement.

If Richard is indeed the next Cowboys defensive coordinator, then it's not a big stretch to believe we could see the defensive philosophy start to change. In fact, news broke earlier this week that the Dallas Cowboys are already considering moving Byron Jones back to cornerback. To me, this indicates certain personnel changes are on the way.

With that in mind, I started to wonder about the Seattle Seahawks defense over the past several seasons and how the Cowboys personnel could be used to replicate their success, especially in the secondary.

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of young talented defensive backs, but how they will ultimately be used is still up in the air. If Byron Jones is moving back to CB, then the Cowboys need another starting safety, possibly two.

Enter Kavon Frazier.

Kavon Frazier

Dallas Cowboys SS Kavon Frazier

Kavon Frazier has mostly been used as a special teams player since joining the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. He is more of the prototypical strong safety who is better in the box around a lot of scrimmage. That's why he hasn't received a lot of playing time on defense, because he's a liability in coverage.

Kavon Frazier did start to receive more playing time at the tail end of the 2017 season when he started splitting repetitions with Byron Jones. That playing time could increase next season if Kris Richard believes he could become the Cowboys version of Kam Chancellor.

I know it's a stretch to believe right now and there is a lot that can happen to change things between now and the start of the 2018 season, but all we can do is speculate at this point in time.

If the Dallas Cowboys are trying to emulate the Seattle Seahawks defense, then Kavon Frazier is probably the best suited to fill that Kam Chancellor role in the secondary. At least for now…

Do you think Kavon Frazier can become the Cowboys version of Kam Chancellor?

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