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Ware Not The Only Cowboys Great To Blaze A Trail To Denver

Brian Leatherman

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Inside The Star Side Lines - Ware Not The Only Cowboys Great To Blaze A Trail To Denver

With DeMarcus Ware blazing a trail to Denver, he’s leaving as the team’s all-time sack leader as well as a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

Millions of fans were shocked and saddened by the move. Most of those fans knew there was a possibility this day could come, but it was still a shock to the system, and the thought of him wearing another uniform was just sickening to most. So with reading and hearing the emotions of so many young fans I couldn’t help but think back to another Former Cowboys great who, at the tail-end of his hall of fame career, blazed his trail to Denver as well.

In 1977 the Cowboys made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to choose Tony Dorsett as the second overall pick in that year’s draft. Dorsett came in with much more fanfare than Ware did, but most of that was because he just won the Heisman trophy in his last season at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dorsett came to a team that was loaded with all pros and future hall of famers; he didn’t have the same pressure like Ware or other high draft picks would normally have. But like Ware, he still busted his tail and gave everything he had.

Tony helped the Cowboys win their second Super Bowl his rookie year and went on to make the playoffs for seven straight seasons after that. Along the way he was putting up 1,000 yard seasons one after another, and of course let’s not forget about the 99 yard TD run in Minnesota in 1982.

Once the middle of the 1980’s rolled around you could see a change, and it’s a change all the greats go through after playing for so many years. And while this was happening, the team decided to bring in Herschel Walker who was supposed to pick up where Dorsett was leaving off.

Cowboys fans knew it was coming.

Fans were excited because of the explosive and younger Walker, however there was sadness because they knew the days of seeing greatness from number 33 were numbered.

Then on June 4th, 1988 that day came and Tony Dorsett was traded to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were a Super Bowl contending team then and felt like Dorsett could get them to where they wanted to go.

I was watching my 20 inch TV - rabbit ears and all - when it was announced on CBS that he was traded. This was my hero, the guy I use to impersonate while playing football outside with my friends. This couldn’t be happening. I remember looking up at my Tony Dorsett poster on my wall and a tear coming down my face; I was devastated.

The only news about the trade I could hear back then was from my Dallas Cowboys Weekly and Sports Illustrated. But I didn’t need a Twitter account or Facebook page to know people were upset about the move. I could feel it, so I knew Cowboys Nation felt the same.

Fast forward 26 years later to March 12th, 2014: Fans everywhere heard the news Ware was leaving the Cowboys and another Cowboys great had blazed a trail to Denver. DeMarcus Ware was more than a favorite player, he was an idol, and he was the player kids wanted to be while playing football with their friends.

And just like that day on June 4th, 1988, I’m sure there were some tears rolling down a few faces and some were devastated. Even though most people have Twitter and Facebook to read and hear about how upset everyone is, like me over 25 years ago, you didn't need to have any of those things to know the hurt Cowboys Nation was going through - you could just feel it.



Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.

A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.

Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.

Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.

Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Quinn

¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?

Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.

Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.

Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.

Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.

Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb" 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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

https://t.co/9H9xfApFqe

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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