The Dallas Cowboys are currently leading the NFC East division with a 7-1 winning record through their first eight games of the 16 game season. Yes, that means that we are officially at the midway point of the 2016 season.
It's funny how time flies when your team is winning. It is the complete opposite of what we all experienced last year during the miserable 2015 season.
So far, the 2016 season for the Dallas Cowboys has been an enjoyable roller coaster ride that has fortunately had more ups than downs. Let's just all be hopeful that they can carry this impressive performance all the way through the second half of the season as well.
Since the Cowboys are officially halfway through their season, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you who I believe should receive mid-season awards.
Please feel free to agree or disagree with any or all of my choices.
It would be easy to say that Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott has been the offensive MVP so far for the Dallas Cowboys, but their transition into the NFL has gone smoothly in large part due to the Cowboys offensive line.
It may be cheating a little bit, but I'm going to make this a group award and name the entire O-line for the Cowboys as MVPs.
The Cowboys have invested heavily in the offensive line and it is paying off big time. They are opening up running lanes for Elliott, as well as keeping Prescott upright with their pass protection.
Honestly, I don't know what more you can ask of them.
Defensively the Dallas Cowboys have performed better than anyone could have possibly predicted through the first half of 2016 season. They have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher or a 100 yard receiver.
That's pretty impressive considering that they only have one Pro Bowl player on the defensive side of the ball. That would be none other than linebacker Sean Lee, my defensive MVP.
To date, Lee has 77 tackles and is on pace to finish the year with 150+ tackles. If that is the case, you can bet he will earn his second trip to the Pro Bowl. Of course, that all depends on if he can stay healthy the entire season.
I thought it was worth mentioning that Morris Claiborne was a strong consideration. He has been playing like one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The time of his injury is truly unfortunate.
There been quite a few surprises halfway through the 2016 season, but I don't think anyone could have guessed Cole Beasley would be the leading wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.
Beasley may be one of the smallest receivers in the entire NFL, but he is making a big-time impact on the field for the Cowboys offense.
Beasley's best year in the NFL was in 2015 when he caught 52 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Through eight games this year he has already caught 43 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.
If he can keep this up, he will be close to doubling his 2015 production and will finish the year as one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL.
Being a huge Tony Romo fan, the most disappointing thing for me this season was seeing him get injured once again in the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Don't get me wrong, Dak Prescott has been phenomenal the first part of the 2016 season, but Romo is still the better QB of the two.
I'm not going to sit here and speculate about what the coaching staff should do once Romo is back to 100%, but I do believe that he makes this offense better.
I would love to see what he could do with this dominant running game to help him out. He had his best season in the NFL in 2014 when they followed the same type of blueprint.
Unfortunately, it will remain a mystery for now though.
Rookie of the Year
Honestly, how can I go wrong choosing either Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?
Both players have been among the best at their respective positions in the entire NFL, and that is good news for the future of the Dallas Cowboys.
I decided to give the mid-season Rookie of the Year award to Ezekiel Elliott though.
Although Prescott has been playing above anyone's expectations, Elliott gets the nod because not only is he leading the league in rushing yards, but is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record.
Elliott has been everything the Cowboys had hoped for when they drafted him #4 overall and is a HUGE reason why they have only lost one game through the first half of the 2016 season.
Who would win your Mid-Season Awards for the Dallas Cowboys?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with all of us your thoughts and opinions on this topic.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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