For my first article, I wanted to write something that would grab the attention of all Cowboys Nation readers, but also introduce myself to them in a powerful way. I have a pretty big arsenal of scouting reports that I’d be more than happy to publish, but I was trying to come up with a better, more meaningful approach. Then it hit me. Write about how much you love this team. Write about how you love it so much, that others would find it crazy how much you love them. No, write about how you hate them because you love them so much.
I feel like if we were to poll Cowboys Nation about all of the things they’ve endured while being a fan of this team, we’d receive varying results depending on how passionate they are.
For example, if you’re a casual fan (like I am about baseball), you may say something like, "I hate it when we lose, but once I get a bowl of ice cream, I’m usually fine." Whereas if you were a die-hard, like I consider myself to be, you could venture to say that the Dez catch was a deep burning in your soul that has since scarred over, but has never really, truly healed.
I mean, seriously, how is this not a catch?
If you’re on this fanatical level that I live on, the world of Cowboys fandom is a cold place. I was born in the early 90s when we were the best team in the league. Since then, through all my years of being a fan, we’ve never been able to return to that level of prestige.
I hate the Cowboys for constantly making me look forward to a season, and then letting me down. I hate feeling like we constantly remain in the race to win the East, and then lose in week 17.
Please don’t think that this is only a feeling I get in the last week of the season. Far from it.I hate that before EVERY game, I get that roller coaster feeling in my stomach and can’t stop making paths in my carpet from incessant pacing. I’m still bandaging the rug burn. I hate the anxiety that I feel when this team is kicking off and they take the field for the first time in the game.
I can’t remember the last time I did anything else on a Sunday afternoon in the fall besides watching the Cowboys play. I catch so much crap from some of my non-football watching friends (I call these type of people "insane"). I hate that I have to plan my life around this passion.
The winter of my first semester in college I worked as a sales associate at Best Buy. When the work schedule came out for the holidays, I saw that I was scheduled to work during a Cowboys game. Even though I was able to catch the first 15 minutes of the game, it wasn’t the same. I tried my best to keep up with the game throughout my shift, but between the constant bitching from my manager, the absolutely awful cell signal I got in my section of the store, and the crap Wi-Fi that Best Buy had, I wasn’t able to.
That was the last day I worked at Best Buy.
I’ve missed weddings and ended relationships because of the Cowboys. I’ve quit a job and planned my life around this team. I hate that I’m a prisoner of my passions, but at the same time they’re who I am. They’re what I love to do.
I’ve had a girlfriend for seven years, and I want to get married in Cowboys stadium (she’s down, we’ve already talked about it), on the star at center field. I make new friends all the time from my passion of covering this team. I worked my butt off in college to get a good degree so that I could get a Monday through Friday job that supplies me with an income which allows me to surround myself with this team.
I watch the Cowboys every Sunday because it’s what I love to do. I get my hopes up every fall because it’s what I love to do. My hatred is my love, and the Cowboys are my passion.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I hate the Dallas Cowboys because I love the Dallas Cowboys.
I hope this article gives you a good idea of who I am, and what I’m about. I hope I grabbed your attention and that you’ll continue to read my posts. I pour hours into watching scouting tape and doing everything I can to educate myself about this team. I'd love to hear your feedback, talk Cowboys football, NFL football, the Draft, or whatever!
You can hit me up on Twitter @BleedingTheStar.
So, from one Cowboys fan to another, thanks so much for reading my
first second post, and HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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