At least simulations are more credible than Texas Governor Greg Abbott's football suggestions. Those who believe that the popularity of a player makes their play quality should allow Will McClay and his staff to do their jobs.
McClay did his due diligence; not only did the team try out four Quarterbacks yesterday, they made a trade for Matt Cassel once they realized none of the tryouts were worthy of a contract. Yet this is still not enough for some fans, they still want the team to sign...
Tim Tebow. Yes... That Tim Tebow...
The entire Tebow to Dallas movement is understood perfectly by examining the following. Cowboys Break and Talkin Cowboys on DallasCowboys.com have a specific caller - Mike From Florida - who in weeks past has scoffed at the notion that Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassell, and Kellen Moore are all better options than Tim Tebow. He even questioned the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Stephen Morris instead of keeping Tebow on their roster. Yet, is Tebow even remotely close to being the Quarterback that Stephen Morris is? He must be furious that they cut Morris and decided to sign Thad Lewis as their third-string signal caller.
I thought he was a Cowboys fan? If he believes Tebow is so good, why would he want the Eagles to keep him?
Yesterday on Talkin Cowboys Mike admitted that he does not watch College Football, stating that he does not have the time for it. So it is reasonable to assume that he does not have time for "meaningless" preseason games either. It is almost certain that Mike has never broken down film on any of the players he gives evaluations on either.
Do you see where this falls apart?
Allow me to go a little further. Will McClay has a vision for this roster, through his guidance this team has built a dominant Offensive Line, a relentless Defensive Line, and the depth that allows the team to not panic with the losses of Dez Bryant and Tony Romo.
With that being said who would you rather trust with this team; fans who only watch games and believe every word spewed from ESPN, unless it is negative towards the Cowboys, or The Architect that has built the team?
I will just go ahead and state that my trust is going with Will McClay.
I know the Tim Tebow fans reading this will quickly point to the 2011 Denver Broncos season as to why he is worthy of starting for the Cowboys, so let's take a look at that season.
Tim Tebow started 11 games that year, the team went 7-4, but that does not tell the entire story on how Tebow played. In those 11 starts, the Broncos only averaged 18.5 points per game. Only the Colts, Jaguars, Browns, and Chiefs averaged fewer points per game for the entire season. Which places an enormous amount of pressure on the defense.
Tebow's numbers from that season are also not that exciting.
His 46.5% completion percentage ranked last out of qualifying Quarterbacks for the 2011 Regular Season. He was also the only qualifying Quarterback to complete less than 50% of his passes. Blaine Gabbert finished 32nd with a 50.8% rating.
What about drops?
The Broncos were credited with 28 drops during the 2011 season. If we assume all of those were on Tebow passes it would move his percentage up to 56.7%. But, we would also have to adjust for the number of passes his receivers had to bail him out of as well, so that would also not make up for his lack of accuracy as a passer.
For example, the average completion percentage among the 33 qualifying Quarterbacks in 2011 - with Tebow included - was 59.7%.
Tony Romo was 3rd in the NFL at 66.3%. Remember, Tebow completed 46.5% of his passes; how can this standard be acceptable with the incredible year Romo had? It is hard to believe this case would ever be made unless it was indeed for Tim Tebow.
I know there is also the argument that he simply wins. The issue with that argument is that it is a fan argument. We are not speaking of the NBA or - to a lesser extent - the MLB.
One player does not win or lose games in the NFL.
For example, let's take Rex Grossman.
He was the starting Quarterback for the 2006 Chicago Bears that went 13-3 and went to the Super Bowl. Grossman's Quarterback Rating was 73.9, a full point higher than that of Tim Tebow in 2011. Much like Tebow, Grossman began falling to the wayside after his lackluster performance. Grossman was replaced as the starter during the 2007 season and for some odd reason there was not a national outcry for him to be given another chance.
If only Rex Grossman was as popular as Tim Tebow is today, perhaps he would have the endorsements and the following to allow him to charge absurd amounts for speaking engagements.
His popularity is what probably turned him into a first round draft pick. There is no question that the Denver Broncos were aware of his limitations as a passer, but they were hoping his intangibles would in some way make up for his poor footwork, terrible release, and remedial knowledge of reading a defense (which he still has yet to improve upon), not to mention his accuracy issues. They also hoped they could develop him while taking full advantage of his jersey sales and national popularity.
Dan Mullen - the current Mississippi State Head Coach - was Tebow's Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach during his tenure at Florida. What is interesting is that I just finished scouting Mullen's current Quarterback Dak Prescott, who is a more refined version of Tim Tebow. Yet, there is still little chance that Prescott will be selected in the first round. Prescott is much better at reading defenses and is a much better passer than Tebow was coming out of college.
I do not see very many fans screaming for Dak Prescott in the way they were for Tim Tebow, which is a shame. I feel Prescott has a better chance at developing into an NFL Quarterback than Tebow ever had.
Again, this is the difference between those that will simply take what the national media states as fact and those that will either research for themselves or trust those that have. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I am slightly surprised so many fans are buying into the national media hype around Tim Tebow.
These are the same outlets that told you Tony Romo sucked for years! They are doing this for ratings and no other reason!
Does Tim Tebow Have A Chance?
Instead of sitting on a cushy production set repeating lines fed to him about college football matchups for the week, he will make the move that both Doug Flutie and Hall Of Famer Warren Moon did and join the CFL. This may be hard to hear for some but...
Right now Tim Tebow is not an NFL caliber Quarterback, and every team in the NFL agrees with me.
No matter who Tebow may work with off the field, that does not replace getting live game experience.
The CFL is a throwing league, giving him ample opportunity to improve his glaring weakness. He has refused for several years to go to the CFL, time that he would have indeed been able to improve as a Quarterback.
If he made the move to the CFL he would have the opportunity to play for the Montreal Alouettes and be coached by Anthony Calvillo: professional football's all time leading passer, who is currently the Alouettes Quarterback Coach. That could perhaps help Tebow progress as a Quarterback.
If Tebow wanted to simply play in the NFL, I am sure teams would salivate to have him play Fullback or Tight End. He would be similar to Mike Alstott at Fullback, he even has the ability to lineup at Running Back with a blocking Fullback in front of him, which would allow him to run down hill and punish defenders.
I will read between the lines for you.
Tim Tebow only wants to play Quarterback. If he will not commit to improving his craft in the CFL as a Quarterback and he refuses to play another position in the NFL, he is writing the story for himself.
If he truly does want to become an NFL Quarterback he will spend time in the CFL and prove that he can become a polished passer. He is unbelievably marketable to any NFL franchise, he just needs to show he can be average at the position to earn a roster spot.
Conspiracy Against Tebow?
The most ignorant argument has to be that the NFL is in some way biased against Tim Tebow for his beliefs. I will simply direct readers to click here and here to put this argument to rest. I also highly doubt those making that argument were pulling for Michael Sam in the same way they pull for Tim Tebow.
Hypocricy? Just a bit.
Lack of understanding? Yes.
The NFL is a business based on performance, teams actually have an incentive to have Tim Tebow on their roster from a marketing stance, yet he provides an unneeded distraction if he is a third Quarterback. Believe me, if teams felt Tebow had any chance at producing on the field he would be given every opportunity to do so.
Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, Kellen Moore, and Jameill Showers are all better Quarterbacks than Tim Tebow.
Don't make the mistake of believing that Tebow is a better fit than the former Pro Bowler Matt Cassel.
Definitely don't believe that Tebow is a better answer than Brandon Weeden, who has been in this offense for over a year and has received numerous repetitions during practice. Even if Weeden plays poorly, Tebow is still not a better solution.
If Weeden plays poorly against Atlanta, Moore will be the next best solution since he is familiar with Scott Linehan's offense. After Atlanta, Cassel will be the best solution.
At no point is Tebow the solution if your concern is the Dallas Cowboys winning football games.
If you would like to see Tebow he will more than likely remain with the SEC Network, if that is not enough there is the possibility you may catch him on the speaking trail with Dinesh D'souza again.
Just please stop with the constant questioning of why he is not in the NFL. I kindly answered that for you in the body of this article. If you want to speak more about Tim Tebow I welcome your responses - @TheRealSmoothG on twitter.
Tony Pollard is Just What the Doctor Ordered in Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys have what many believe to be the best running back in the NFL in Ezekiel Elliott. However, you can never undervalue the importance of depth at any position. When the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft came around, the Cowboys added another weapon to the backfield by selecting Tony Pollard out of Memphis.
If you’re looking for a dynamic player maker with the ability to take it to the house at any given moment, Pollard is your man. The former Tiger averaged a touchdown every 13 touches in college. That’s an absolutely insane statistic when you think about it. He also tied an NCAA record with seven kick returns for touchdowns. Long story short, he can get you six points at the blink of an eye.
The versatility in his game is outrageous and undoubtedly the reason why he was drafted. In addition to running for 941 yards on 6.8 yards per rush, he also had 104 receptions for 1,292 yards. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has to be salivating about the possibilities with his new toy. Having a running back that can not only carry the load as a runner but also line up at receiver keeps the defense honest. You never know what angle the offense is going to come from.
This has to be a sigh of relief for Ezekiel Elliott. Now, the Cowboys don’t have to overexert him and can bring Pollard in on third downs if need be. Not just to give Elliott a breather but to change the pace of the offensive attack. You can hand the ball off, throw it to him or run jet sweeps when he is on the field. This sets up a potential combo at running back that could be the leagues very best shortly.
Speed, quickness, and agility are all wrapped up in the Tony Pollard package. The Cowboys now have a running back that can line up at multiple positions if need be. Also, this prevents a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the body of Ezekiel Elliott. This combination has all the potential to set the NFL on fire in 2019.
CB Byron Jones Not Expected To Return Until Week 1 Against NYG
Coming off what was clearly the best season of his career thus far, Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones underwent surgery to hopefully fix a nagging hip injury.
While he earned both his first All Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2018, his first season as a full-time cornerback, Jones still has a lot to prove in the upcoming season. Some still criticize him for his lack of interceptions, and there's no doubt his stellar play slowed down a bit towards the end of the year.
I'm willing to wager that the slight decline had a lot to do with his hip troubles, but nonetheless he must come up with his elite level play once again to earn himself a nice contract somewhere in 2020.
Oh, did I forget to mention it's also a contract year for Byron Jones? As it is for so many important Dallas Cowboys, it seems.
So when will Byron Jones be able to return to the Cowboys' lineup? Well, the initial date reportedly set by Jones and the team was late July, giving him a chance to practice and play a bit before the season opener in September. But, according to the Team Site this week, that date may be pushed back a bit, and we might not see Byron Jones until that season opening game against the Giants.
"As for Jones, all along the Cowboys have been targeting his return for the season opener, but hopefully at that. So, don’t expect to see much of Jones in training camp, and if so, certainly no more than individual and walk-through drills." - Mickey Spagnola
Ultimately, as long as Byron Jones is good to go when the regular season starts, that's all that matters, but the fear of rust when Jones returns is a real one.
It's tough to go from no live football straight to the meaningful games, but if anyone would be able to do it it would be the guy with the freakishly athletic traits. The guy who can get out of the bed in the morning and set athletic records at the Combine.
And, of course, that guy is Byron Jones.
Dak Prescott: Calm Under Pressure
When the 2016 NFL Draft came around the Dallas Cowboys were in search of the heir apparent to Tony Romo. Unfortunately, coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season, Romo would find himself on the shelf again after suffering a broken bone in his back during a preseason game against the Seahawks. However, the Cowboys had an ace in the hole, in the form of Dak Prescott who they drafted in the fourth round.
The idea was the groom him for a few years before taking the keys to the car so to speak from Romo, but fate had another idea in mind. Prescott would be thrust into the starting lineup against one of the Cowboys most hated rivals to start the season, the New York Giants. Added to that, was the pressure of living up to Romo's stellar resume as the franchise's all-time leading passer. After struggling in a tough 20-19 loss, no surprise there for a rookie quarterback, Prescott began to take flight.
Over the next eleven games he wouldn't suffer a single loss as the Cowboys were sitting pretty at 11-1. What made this streak more impressive was the efficiency of Prescott. He threw 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions over that span. In the process, he set an NFL record for the most passing attempts to start a career without an interception with 176. This broke the previous record held by Tom Brady of 162. It didn't stop there, as he also set a rookie record for completion percentage (67.8), was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
The Cowboys would finish 13-3 and win the NFC East. With home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the franchise only winning two postseason games in 21 years, Prescott was definitely under the microscope. After the offense struggled to produce points in the first half and fell behind 21-3, Prescott lead a furious comeback. Helping the team storm all the way back to tie the game at 28 and again at 31. He finished with 302 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first playoff start against future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. Even though the team lost 34-31, Prescott proved how much of a gamer he was as he basically went yard for yard and point for point with one of the NFL's elite signal-callers. It was clear the Cowboys were in good hands going forward.
2017 started off well as the Cowboys were 5-3 and firmly on pace for another playoff run. Unfortunately, All-Pro Running Back Ezekiel Elliott lost his fierce battle with the NFL over domestic violence allegations, and Dak along with the offense struggled. After a 9-7 season and falling one game short of a Wild Card berth, the pressure on Prescott heading into the next season was immense.
Once 2018 came about Prescott had more pressure than ever with Elliott back for a full season. After a slow 3-4 start the Cowboys traded for Pro-Bowl Wide Receiver Amari Cooper, providing the team with it's first true number one receiver since Dez Bryant. Putting even more expectations on Prescott to turn things around, and boy did he ever.
He would complete 71.6% of his passes in the final eight games of the season, and the Cowboys won seven to finish 10-6. Now, with another division title under his belt, came a playoff matchup with Super Bowl-winning Quarterback Russell Wilson.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were hanging on to a 17-14 lead. They faced a 3rd and 14 inside the redone with just over two minutes left. After dropping back a few steps, Prescott scrambled for 16 yards setting up a first and goal from the one-yard line. The team held on for a 24-22 victory but here's why that scramble was so important.
If the Cowboys don't convert that 3rd and long that would've set up a field goal attempt. Assuming it would have been successful, that would've only put them up 20-14. Giving Seattle a chance to more than likely win with a touchdown and an extra point or two-point conversion. Prescott essentially won the game with that 3rd down run. Proving once again there's no situation he can't handle.
He's set an NFL record for completion percentage in the first three years of a quarterbacks career at 66.1 percent. No quarterback has won more games than him since 2016 except Tom Brady. No one has more game-winning drives than him since he entered the league. His 13 primetime victories are tops in the NFL over the last three seasons. Simply put, Dak Prescott is a winner and doesn't fold under pressure, instead, he embraces it. There are no bigger lights in the NFL than the ones that shine in Dallas. With those lights come huge expectations and pressure, and it's clear this young man is made of the right stuff to handle it.
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