DISCLAIMER: The following edition of Tweet Break can only be enjoyed as fully intended if you are wearing a polo in celebration of Cowboys Nation's fifth straight #VictoryPoloMonday. If you are, which you should be, tweet us your pictures to @CowboysNation!
On that note, what a Monday it is! The
best team in the NFC Dallas Cowboys just went into Green Bay and defeated the Packers on the road 30 to 16. In yet another statement win, young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did their thing in support of a defensive effort that saw David Irving force three fumbles and Barry Church intercept a pass.
This team is for real, but you already knew that. To help spread that message around, plenty of Cowboys' fans and media members have took to Twitter to share their thoughts on America's Team. As is the case following every victory, I gather the best tweets to help you enjoy #VictoryPoloMonday that much more!
Away we go!
Cole Beas(t)ley Doing His Thing
Cole Beasley has become not only a favorite target for Dak Prescott, but one of the better slot WRs in the NFL this season. Elevating his game to the next level, Beasley caught two more scoring passes from Prescott in this win.
Of course, the Packers entered this game depleted a bit defensively, but Beasley was not going to be denied in an offense that once again was without the services of Dez Bryant.
So... @DCBlueStar @DraftCowboys @CowboysNation
Speaking of Dak...
The Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback is better than Tom Brady. Get on our level, America. Although he did throw his first interception in this game, Prescott made it through his first eight pass attempts without throwing one to the bad guys, surpassing Tom Brady for the longest streak of attempts to start a career without a pick.
Dak Prescott is now statistically better than Tom Brady. It's a fact.
This fourth round rookie, wearing #4, has led the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East, adding to his resume with a win against Aaron Rodgers' Packers - with Brett Favre watching and having his name put in the Ring of Honor at halftime, the only other QB to wear #4 and beat Rodgers at home besides Dak.
Per @rjochoa: Only two QBs that wear #4 that Rodgers has ever lost to at Lambeau are Favre (with Vikings) and Dak today.
Dak is ours, and we are lucky to have him. The kid gets it.
one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play football, and Brett Farve
How 'Bout That Defense??
For as much attention as Prescott and Elliott have rightfully earned, Rod Marinelli's defense has done its job all season long - despite all of the doubt and negativity they entered the season with.
@dallascowboys did their part to honor Brett "Interception" Favre by forcing four turnovers #TweetBreak
In a four turnover performance, the Cowboys did much more than simply bend but not break, coming up with timely stops to never allow this game to slip away despite losing top CB Morris Claiborne before the half.
David Irving was a beast along the defensive line, forcing three fumbles as a rotational player that the Packers had no answers for.
DAVID IRVING IS A GOTDAMN MONSTER SENT FROM THE SEA TO EAT CHEESE
Marinelli has his guys buying into his philosophy on the defensive side of the football for Dallas, and the results have been incredible through six weeks.
Elliott Running to the Record Books?
This means Zeke needs 1105 more yards to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record of 1808. He'll need 110.6 per game to do so.
Entering this game, the Packers had allowed 42.8 yards a game on the ground. By the end of the game, the best running back in football had put up 157 rushing yards on them - as Cowboys' rookie Ezekiel Elliott imposed his will to keep his league lead in rushing.
110.6 yards per game seems reasonable, considering he just became the first rookie to go over 130 yards on the ground in four straight games.
Ezekiel Elliott becomes the first rookie in NFL history to rush for 130+ yards in 4 straight games https://t.co/oRG1oMangM
Eat, Zeke. And maybe put some pants on for your next interview? Maybe not? Whatever works, superstar.
That will conclude another edition of Tweet Break - on our fifth straight #VictoryPoloMonday! The 5-1 Cowboys will be on their bye week before hosting the Eagles in week 8. This gives you - the fans - plenty of time to use the #TweetBreak and make a case to be featured right here at Inside The Star!
Its that simple. Use the hashtag. Tag me @ShoreSportsNJ. Enjoy ruling the football world and the Twitterverse with our first place Dallas Cowboys!
Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten’s Game?
Jason Witten is 37 years old, retired from the NFL after the completion of 2017 season to try his luck as an announcer in the booth, but has now decided to come out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys? It seems a little unrealistic to think he can come back after a year away from the game and pick up where he left off, but it sounds as if he's like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Jason Witten has been the talk of Dallas Cowboys OTA practices so far. These practices are unpadded and basically just an opportunity to do install some of the offensive and defensive plays, but that doesn't make them any less important. One of the things that has been somewhat surprising though is how talked up the future Hall of Famer has become.
Here is what Head Coach Jason Garrett had to say recently about Jason Witten's return:
“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.”
The main thing that stands out from Garrett's quote to me is how Jason Witten looks just as good, if not better after not playing at all in 2018. To think that his testing numbers are possibly even better is unfathomable. We typically don't see NFL players in their mid-30s retire from the game and then return just as good, or maybe even better than they were before.
Maybe that's just what Jason Witten is, a little inhuman. Maybe he's found the secret to turning the clock back just a little bit. Or, maybe he found the fountain the youth and didn't tell anybody. Regardless, there's no doubt Witten will be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys offense, especially if he's gained a step.
I don't know about all of you, but I'm hoping the year away from the game did him some good. I honestly thought he made the right decision to retire prior to the 2018 season. It just looked like father time was catching up to him in 2017. But, hopefully all he needed was a little time away from the grind he's been putting his body through for over a decade.
Whatever he's done hasn't gone unnoticed though. Even Quarterback Dak Prescott has noticed and said he's on to Witten's scheme.
“I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.”
I'm not afraid to admit I wasn't too excited to see Witten come out of retirement and rejoin the Cowboys at first. I was skeptical he could be the player he once was after a year away from the game. But, all of this talk about him looking as good as he once was, perhaps better, has me really looking forward to seeing him on the field once again.
Do you think a year away has rejuvenated Jason Witten's game?
Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva
Los Dallas Cowboys tuvieron un interesante 2018. La ofensiva dejo mucho que desear toda la primera mitad de la temporada cuando carecían de un receptor número uno. No fue hasta media temporada cuando consiguieron a Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, que la ofensiva comenzó a verse realmente amenazante. Siendo sinceros, el cuerpo de receptores de los Cowboys lucía muy débil al inicio y Michael Gallup aún no conseguía mucho tiempo de juego en el emparrillado. Incluso una vez en el equipo, a pesar de las grandes hazañas de Cooper en Dallas, la ofensiva no terminó de dar el siguiente paso.
Sí, con Amari en el equipo vimos un equipo de Cowboys que movía constantemente las cadenas e incluso se convirtió en una de las mejores unidades en tercera oportunidad en la liga, pero no fue suficiente. Los problemas en zona roja persistieron y continuamos viendo una selección de jugadas muy cuestionable semana tras semana.
Es por eso que al finalizar la temporada, la administración de los Cowboys finalmente tomó una decisión muy anticipada. El entonces coordinador ofensivo, Scott Linehan, fue despedido.
En cuanto a talento, los Dallas Cowboys no verán un cambio mayor en su ofensiva. Cole Beasley, uno de los mejores WR slot en la NFL, firmó con los Buffalo Bills durante la agencia libre. A pesar de la llegada de Randall Cobb, la ofensiva probablemente extrañará bastante a Beasley. Además está el regreso de Jason Witten al campo, quien se repartirá el balón mucho con los jóvenes del equipo, principalmente con Blake Jarwin. Por último, Travis Frederick podría estar de regreso como el centro titular. Fuera de eso, no se anticipan cambios de jugadores en la ofensiva.
Y a pesar de esto, la afición de los Cowboys espera ver un cambio grande entre la ofensiva del 2018 y la de 2019. Si las cosas salen bien, así será. Pero más que por el talento del equipo, que ya está ahí y es un muy buen talento, deberá ser por el hombre al mando.
Kellen Moore ha tomado las riendas como el nuevo coordinador ofensivo y finalmente podremos ver su potencial. Muchos han criticado a Moore, en gran parte por nunca haber sido un quarterback exitoso en la NFL. Sin embargo, hay muchas razones por las cuales deberíamos estar emocionados.
Desde que Moore salió de la universidad de Boise State, se le veía como un prospecto muy inteligente. Incluso analistas como Jon Gruden (en ese entonces conductor del programa de ESPN Gruden's QB Camp) mencionaban que Moore probablemente no sería un gran mariscal, pero que tenía la mente de un coach.
En Boise, Moore trabajaba con la ofensiva del actual coach de los Washington Huskies, Chris Petersen. Esta ofensiva es una muy complicada que le exige al mariscal saber casi tanto como un jugador profesional. Muchos han descrito a Moore como un genio ofensivo que será un gran coach en el futuro.
Para los Cowboys, Kellen Moore será una pieza clave en 2019. Si vemos una ofensiva realmente diferente, será gracias a su creatividad y filosofía que implementa a un grupo bastante talentoso en Dallas. Los jugadores están ahí, ¿sabrá el coordinador ofensivo de 30 años aprovecharlos?
NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?
The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.
Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.
Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.
The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.
Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.
For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.
Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.
Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.
The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.
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