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Is It Time To Give Up On DE Randy Gregory?

Kevin Brady

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Is It Time To Give Up On DE Randy Gregory?

To win in this league you normally need two things: a good quarterback, and an explosive pass rusher.

Games are won at the line of scrimmage, and if you can beat the other team's left tackle with an explosive speed rush and get to their quarterback, you will always have a chance.

This is precisely why the Dallas Cowboys took a chance in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As defensive end Randy Gregory slid to them, they simply could not pass up on his elite natural abilities, despite the drug issues he so clearly had.

The idea was simple. Draft Gregory, get him into a healthy and structured locker room, and see if you can't help change his behavior. But, here we are two years later, and nothing has changed.

In fact, things seem to have gotten worse.

Last week, TMZ reported that Gregory failed yet another NFL-sanctioned drug test, making it at least his seventh failed test of his young career. Gregory was already suspended for all of 2017, due to previous failed drug tests.

Now, the Cowboys are left with what seems to be an easy question to answer.

Is it time to simply give up on Randy Gregory?

I want to say no so badly.

As a player, Randy Gregory has proven he can be special. When he was available the last few weeks of 2016, Gregory showed flashes of how good he can be, beating Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters around the edge with his speed multiple times.

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But, the flashes have been so few and far between, mostly because of his suspensions.

Going into the offseason, I was totally on board the "why not just wait it out with Gregory" train of thought, but yet another failed drug test has made me re-evaluate my stance.

It is getting clearer and clearer that Gregory is probably not going to play for the Cowboys, let alone in the NFL at all, again. His career seems to be over, backed up so far with suspensions that he may not even be available for 2018.

It might be time for the Cowboys to handle Randy Gregory like they did Rolando McClain, and simply cut ties.

To be honest, the fate of Gregory may depend on if commissioner Roger Goodell decides to re-work the league's policy on marijuana. But Goodell doesn't seem to want to bring about change any time soon.

What do you think the Cowboys should do with Randy Gregory? Leave a comment below and have your opinion heard!



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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7 Comments
  • Charles Freddie Smith

    Bye Randy!

  • Randy Martin

    Technically he isn’t costing us a roster spot and Jerry says he isn’t giving up on him. That being said, sometimes you have to protect your team integrity and wipe the egg off your face. At this point Gregory is a messy omelette! Wipe it off!

  • Travis Diggs

    This is the problem with these NFL players We give them long leashes because of their talent This guy has done NOTHING in Dallas to gain the fans respect or interest. Why is this guy still on the roster??? At least with Martavis Bryant we’ve seen his possibility but What have we seen outta Randy to make us believe otherwise. Get rid of this guy already This shouldn’t even be a question Doesn’t a certain amount of dirty urines get you banned for life anyway ???

  • Russ_Te

    4 Strikes and you’re still on the Cowboys if you have speed to the QB… ;^)

    Some of the question revolves around cap hit if at all. Is he getting paid? Because I want such a deal…

    If Gregory was on his last strike with Jones, I don’t know why the release would not have been immediate after this last test.

    If he were to actually rehab as an addict and a player – meaning production in 2018 or something – it would be the most improbable one I’ve ever seen in sports.

  • Russ_Te

    I will say it was flat unfair IMO of the NFL to let Gregory resume for that last 2 weeks of 2016 regular season, and then cancel his playoffs on penalties not yet served.

    When Tom Brady lost his appeal for cheating in the 2014/15 AFC Title Game, his playoffs for 2015/16 were not cancelled. He was allowed to serve it at the start of the 2016 season.

    Now look at the play Aaron Rodgers made scrambling left and hitting an impossible throw to set up the Packers winning FG against Dallas in the playoffs last year. If Gregory is suited up, he’s
    likely in the game at RDE on that down, and the one player with the speed to run Rodgers down before he could unload that ball.

    The next week at home against Atlanta would have been a toss up, and then look how poorly the Patriots played in the Super Bowl before Atlanta imploded down the stretch. Sacking Rodgers on that throw or forcing a bad throw, might have been the difference for the Cowboys winning their 6th Lombardi.

    And then the Gregory adventure would have had a payoff to it… ;^)

  • dallas1966

    Kevin, I heard Stephen Jones, speak on this topic on pro football talk, this am.

    Stephen is in step with his Dad, by saying the decade old Marijuana policy need to be re-evaluated. My opinion is that it’s the 21st century, and public perception of Marijuana has changed, to were several states, including, the district of columbia, has legalize Marijuana.

    Since the NFL sponsors saturated the games by bombarding it’s customers, with ads on pharmaceuticals and alcohol ads, both can be abused and can be addictive, yet the NFL, turns a blind eye, but yet wants to be the morality police.

    I’m agreeing with Jerry and Stephen on this one. If Gregory, is smoking for theropudic reeasos, to assisting him with his bipolar, the I say , Gregory needs to be on the football field. Enough said

  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    Gregory would rather be stoned than play football. Cut him now and he can smoke as much weed as he can afford.

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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