The Dallas Cowboys are a hard football team to watch right now, particularly on offense. At 1-2 on the 2018 season, it may not be long until the Cowboys are forced to start digging into the problems that have diminished Dallas from an NFC contender in 2016 to relative obscurity this season.
Recognizable faces like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have been replaced by lesser known counterparts. Yet, if the Cowboys season does indeed go further south with a home loss to the Lions this week, they'll be staring at removing even more familiarity.
Some of the best advice I was ever personally given by a college professor when it came to writing was to "make your subject weird". Being able to take a step back from things assumed to be understood is a great way to discover new ideas and often fix things.
This is exactly what the Cowboys must do with their coaching staff if Quarterback Dak Prescott is going to be the future of the team on offense. The team's current personnel on offense, young and unproven, should not be in the hands of coaches that underachieved with more established talent for years.
Head Coach Jason Garrett wants the right kind of guys to play for the Cowboys, those capable of beating the man across from them. This in and of itself is problematic.
There certainly was a time in recent Cowboys history where an emphasis on character was needed throughout the roster. Garrett provided the stability many had hoped for, and to date the disappointments we never asked for.
Claiming the Cowboys shortcomings as part of a process is fine, but repeating this process with Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan's archaic approach is insane. In a league that rewards progress and favors the bold, the Cowboys are only progressively becoming more dysfunctional.
The Cowboys are second in the NFL in first-down run percentage this season. Although they're averaging a league-high six yards per carry as a team, the Cowboys inability to change their approach on offense has resulted in drives regularly stalling.
Opposing defenses are assured that Prescott cannot beat them at this point, at least in Linehan's offense. Ignore what other dual-threat quarterbacks are doing around the league. Keying on Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have not established any new receiver on the outside enough to sustain offense with only Elliott.
It was Elliott himself that had to claim responsibility for the team's week three loss in Seattle, turning the game with a costly touchdown-turned-penalty and lost fumble. Yet, if the Cowboys are to take inventory of players and coaches doing their jobs well so far in 2018, Elliott would make the shortlist.
The Cowboys can't get away with this anymore. And they won't.
Excuses are already running thin for the Cowboys under Prescott, who enjoyed one blissful season followed by a barrage of said excuses. Take Elliott's suspension or Tyron Smith's injury and extend it into the offense's ineptitude at full strength this year, and the Cowboys problems are suddenly much deeper.
The innocence of 2016 feels like a decade ago. Jason Garrett playing catch with his third-string quarterback in hopes that his career could someday be tied to Prescott like it was Tony Romo have turned into a separation of interests from both fronts. Garrett going on record to defend Linehan doesn't make sense, and there's nothing anybody at The Star can tell you to make it sensible.
Factor in a quarterback that requires a near perfect environment to succeed, and the Cowboys become a rudderless ship leading the way in revenue and merchandise sales, something that undoubtedly keeps the ship afloat.
Quarterback. Head Coach. Offensive Coordinator. These are three of the most important people in team's buildings currently, and the Cowboys are staring at a needed change potentially across the board.
If the Cowboys have been anything in the past few seasons, it is cautious. Making a reckless move like benching Prescott is improbable. Such a decision would have to come down from two coaches that have over stayed their welcome anyway.
This is Track 09 of the Who's album - Who's next. First recorded (then rejected) in New York on March 16, 1971, this became the first song to be worked on with Glyn Johns during a trial session at Stargroves with The Rolling Stones Mobile studio in April, 1971.
The Cowboys aren't fooling anyone with their approach to
winning losing football anymore. As early as week four, the team may be faced with the realization that the NFC East is slipping away. At no point this season have the Cowboys looked like a team deserving of a playoff spot, something of a potential savior for a coaching staff that's attempting to usher in a new era of Cowboys football - with nothing but blunders on their record.
"The change it had to come, we knew it all along..."
Dallas Cowboys: 3 Schedule Predictions Ahead Of Wednesday’s Release
Wednesday night the official 2019 NFL schedule will be released, and we will know the exact times and dates of each of the Cowboys' upcoming games.
We already know the opponents, however, and we know how the NFL typically likes to schedule games week to week. Based on both prior history and future opponents, here are 3 predictions for tonight's schedule release.
1. Cowboys Open Up With The Giants
I didn't say the predictions would be bold, did I?
The NFL loves to have the Cowboys open up against the New York Giants, and I see that being the case here again. Dallas/New York will always bring about solid ratings, but scheduling this game before the Giants (likely) fall out of contention is a smart move as well.
This game will be in Dallas at 4:25 eastern time, occupying that "America's Game of the Week" slot during the opening weekend. Because as much as everyone says they hate watching these NFC East games, the numbers bear out a different story.
2. Cowboys Play @ Saints Thursday After Thanksgiving
We know the Cowboys will play in an extra Thursday or Saturday night game this season. They always do.
Lately the league has liked to schedule them as the Thursday night game following Thanksgiving, and I don't see them breaking that trend this season. Dallas has played the Vikings, Redskins, and Saints in this game the last three years, with the Cowboys/Saints game being one of the best of last year's Thursday slate.
Why not run it back at the Superdome this November?
3. Cowboys Close The Season With A Brutal December
This is broad prediction, so let's narrow it down a bit. I think the Cowboys will play three critical NFC games in December, at the very least. These games will include NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins (week 17) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as a game at Chicago to face the Bears.
It's likely the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles will be fighting for playoff positioning (or playoff births) down the stretch in December. Plus, anytime a combination of these three teams play, ratings will be drawn. I think they'll have Prescott battle Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz this December, as he and the Cowboys look to clinch a consecutive playoff birth.
Cowboys en Español: Lawrence Extendido, ¿Sigue Prescott?
La saga más importante en este offseason de los Dallas Cowboys llegó a su fin la semana pasada cuando DeMarcus Lawrence por fin firmó su extensión. Tras semanas de estar en un "punto muerto" en las negociaciones, se reportó que ambas partes habían retomado las pláticas el viernes pasado y el mismo día se anunció el trato.
El ala defensiva de 27 años consiguió un contrato de cinco años y 105 millones de dólares. Esto convierte a Lawrence en el tercer defensivo mejor pagado de la liga en promedio por año, detrás solo de Khalil Mack y Aaron Donald. Con 21 millones anuales, muchos no están de acuerdo con pagarle esta cantidad de dinero a un defensivo como D-Law.
Es entendible, dado que nunca es fácil hacer a un jugador uno de los mejores pagados en la liga. Sin embargo, DeMarcus Lawrence lo vale. Pidió dinero del calibre de Von Miller y otros defensivos elite porque ha producido a ese nivel.
No sólo eso, sino que realmente se ha perfilado como el mejor en su posición contra el juego terrestre. El valor que aporta al equipo logra justificar lo que se le pagará. Además, la estructura del contrato realmente ata al equipo solo por tres años a Lawrence. Esto es una victoria para la administración de los Jones.
¿Quién Sigue? Dak Prescott.
Como bien sabemos, DeMarcus Lawrence no era el único jugador que necesitaba recibir una extensión. Pero ahora que está fuera de los quehaceres, Dak Prescott es el centro de atención en Dallas.
En sus primeros tres años en la NFL, los Cowboys han ganado dos veces el título de la NFC East. Ha demostrado ser un líder capaz de dirigir al equipo y ganar en los momentos importantes. De hecho, Prescott es el quarterback con más series ganadoras desde el 2016, cuando entró a la liga. Por si fuera poco, ningún mariscal de campo ha conseguido tantas series así en sus primeras tres temporadas.
DallasCowboys QB Dak Prescott * Most game-winning drives (14) since 2016 * Most game-winning drives in first 3 seasons (14) of any QB since 1950 @dallascowboys @dak
Y no hay que confundirnos. La pregunta no es si lo van a extender o no. La pregunta es: ¿Cuánto le van a pagar al quarterback de 25 años? Sabemos que la administración confía plenamente en Dak para ser el futuro. Le van a pagar. Para darnos una idea, veamos los mejores pagados actualmente según Over The Cap (en promedio por año):
- Aaron Rodgers - $33.5M
- Matt Ryan - $30M
- Kirk Cousins - $28M
- Jimmy Garoppolo - $27.5M
- Matt Stafford - $27M
Muchos ven a Dak como un jugador que merece menos de 25 millones al año, pero no es así como funciona el mercado. A mi parecer, el contrato no bajará de 25 y se acercará a los 30 al año. ¿Mucho? Quizá. Pero en esta liga, si te quieres quedar con un mariscal franquicia, tienes que pagarle bastante para evitar que llegue a la agencia libre.
Y sí, Prescott sigue bajo contrato en 2019 pero la extensión seguramente vendrá antes. El valor por un QB sube cada año al igual que todas las posiciones y con un jugador como Patrick Mahomes en la AFC, habrá un brinco considerable el próximo offseason.
Cuando Prescott firme una extensión, habrá mucha división entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Personalmente, veo a Dak como un jugador franquicia. Por ahora, estemos contentos porque Lawrence se queda en casa.
Cowboys Come Out In Full Force To Support Dirk Nowitzki In His Final Home Game
Last night was a major one in the NBA, with two legends and future Hall of Famers playing in their last respective home games. Of course, the legend which means the most to Dallas-area sports fans is Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki, who gave a teary-eyed farewell to the Dallas faithful on Tuesday night, finally admitting "it's time."
It's no secret that Nowitzki has been supportive of all DFW teams while apart of the Mavs organization, and last night the Cowboys returned the favor, showing up in full force to support Nowitzki in his final game.
Dallas Cowboys at tonight's Mavericks game: Jason Garrett, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Connor Williams, Joe Looney, Jeff Heath, Travis Frederick, La'el Collins, Randall Cobb, Allen Hurns, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Tavon Austin https://t.co/546B30dqPY
Dirk Nowitzki put up 30 points and 8 rebounds in the Mavericks 120-109 win, an excellent way for the future Hall of Famer and fan favorite to go out in front of his home fans.
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