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Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for June 3rd

Welcome in to the first tweet break for the month of June here on Inside The Star. For Cowboys Nation, the start of the month means just one thing, and that’s the fact that – as a fan base – we are inching closer to Dallas Cowboys football! For now, the team is still working through OTAs, which has brought the Twitterverse tons of great silver and blue content. Let’s dive into this week’s best. As I mentioned moments ago, the Cowboys and every other team around the league are pretty early in their preparations for the 2016 season.

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Cowboys Headlines - Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for June 3rd

Welcome in to the first tweet break for the month of June here on Inside The Star. For Cowboys Nation, the start of the month means just one thing, and that's the fact that - as a fan base - we are inching closer to Dallas Cowboys football!

For now, the team is still working through OTAs, which has brought the Twitterverse tons of great silver and blue content. Let's dive into this week's best.


Ed Kracz on Twitter

Eagles have 2 players wearing red pinnies No. 82/88. Speculation is they are doing scout team stuff, simulating Cowboys Bryant and Witten

As I mentioned moments ago, the Cowboys and every other team around the league are pretty early in their preparations for the 2016 season. This did not stop the Eagles from using some OTA time this past week to "get ahead" on understanding the Cowboys offense.

As we have seen with the Cowboys' practices so far, the focus has been dominantly on making internal improvements. Meanwhile, Philadelphia realizes that a healthy Dez Bryant is ready to torment them once again and is already looking for potential solutions.

We'll check back next week to see if they've figured anything out, but don't hold your breath on that...

Michael Kay on Twitter

Heads up, Odell. https://t.co/lO9tAwHqou

While we're in the NFC East, let's visit the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. - who always seems to be in the news for things unrelated to the game of football. Apparently the team's best offensive weapon has begun dating Khloe Kardashian, which is also apparently newsworthy.

Moving on, we have a team that's actually focused on the football that lies ahead for them, and that team is none other than our Dallas Cowboys.

Brice Butler on Twitter

Tony, where u get all them dimes from!?" State Farm reference.... BUT ILL ADD IT TO THE PIGGY BANK ... #du...

The competition all over the field for the Cowboys has been evident, with one of the primary battles taking place across from Dez Bryant at the WR2 position. Brice Butler is looking to bounce back from his injury and replace Terrance Williams on the outside.

Butler's best chance to do so will be to make every play possible when working with Tony Romo. So far, as you see in his own tweet, this has not be a problem for the former Oakland Raider - as Romo has his own history of maximizing the production from all of his targets.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

For #Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, the positive news on his X-Ray doesn't mean he's back. But football drills is the next step. He's in the clear.

Dez Bryant has been mentioned a few times in this article, and #88 is progressing nicely in his return to action. While he is still being cautiously limited by the team in practice, it is nice to see Bryant doing everything he can to set himself up for a big year here in the early stages of June.

If Bryant needs added motivation for his preparation, he can also look at his recent "NFL Top 100" ranking, which saw him come in at #51. You can read all about how claiming there are 50 football players in the National Football League better at the game of football than Dez Bryant is absurd by clicking over to this piece by Staff Writer RJ Ochoa. 

However, it's also worth bringing this tweet in one more time to show the respect that Bryant has around this league as a play maker.

https://twitter.com/nflnetwork/status/738172877543858176

A player that will help the passing game out this season on offense is rookie Ezekiel Elliott. So much has been said and tweeted about when it comes to Elliott, but not often has he done his own writing about his current situation in Dallas' backfield.

It may be brief, but it's to the point and only further shows that Zeke is the right kind of guy for this team.

Ezekiel Elliott on Twitter

Getting instructions from #9.. #CowboysNation Here are my thoughts on OTA's.. https://t.co/VZKmLR3BYm


That will do it for another edition of Tweet Break! If you enjoy this weekly post, share your thoughts about it by commenting below or emailing me at sean.martin@insidethestar.com.

You can also follow me on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ! Go Cowboys!

 

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for June 3rd" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?

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Was Sunday A "Wake Up Call," Or A Flashback To Reality?

Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.

Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.

Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.

The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."

Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?

Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.

No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.

The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.

All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.

After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.



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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

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Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?



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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

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What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.



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