Are the Cowboys primed for an even better year in 2019 with a bunch of new faces?
Comparatively, this year heading to Oxnard, Calif., on Thursday, pffft, this must feel like a piece of cake, health willing.
The questions are minimal, and most not as critical to furthering the success of last season.
Let’s see, as the answering will start unfolding once the pads come on that last week of July. So . . . .
Will Robert Quinn become the three-down starting right defensive end, a guy who has collected 15 sacks over the past two seasons for the Rams and Dolphins, along with 18 tackles for losses and 27 QB hits?
Is Travis Frederick ready to perform at least at 80 percent of his previous four-time Pro Bowl level after missing all last season with Guillain-Barre Syndrome that he appears to have recovered from – but as he says, we won’t know until the pads come on?
While DeMarcus Lawrence seems certain to be ready for the start of the season following offseason shoulder surgery, the lingering question hovers over Pro Bowl corner Byron Jones, if he’ll be ready following offseason hip surgery?
Four months after bar fight, former Boise State star makes deal to get charges dropped – Rachel Roberts, Idahostatesman.com
In exchange for completing the program, the former Boise State standout will have his misdemeanor charge of unlawful assembly dropped.
“According to terms of the program, Crawford will attend counseling, complete a life class titled ‘Choices, Chances, Changes,’ and be under supervised probation for the next six months,” the ESPN story said. “An anger management assessment and follow-up will be scheduled at the end of that time period.”
On March 15, TMZ obtained video of Crawford fighting security inside the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Florida. Witnesses also said Crawford continued to fight responding officers outside the bar.
The Cowboys group in San Diego last weekend was apparently working on their speed – RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys
There is no offseason as a professional athlete, and some of the Cowboys offensive players were in San Diego over the weekend working on their speed.
These are all, as mentioned, offensive players for the Cowboys which means their purpose is to score points. In order to do that you have to be efficient and fast, and thankfully Les specializes in speed. A bit about him and his work for those unaware:
The Spellman Performance story is personal – as is every element of our approach to helping athletes transform their approach to speed.
His passion for speed has its roots in his own experience as a young athlete who fractured his femur at 17 years old in a near-death car accident. He was left debilitated with a metal rod in his femur and forced to learn how to walk again.
Les wasn’t satisfied with simply walking – he wanted to run – to fly! He immersed himself in the study of advanced biomechanics and speed training techniques. He learned. He reengineered his speed skills. And he more than walked – he ran his way on to the elite Division 1 program at Temple University.
Les is now sharing his years of INSIGHT and achievements to inspire a new generation of athletes – personalizing training programs to teach them how to master their own skills and speed; how to transfer skills to their sport; how to ACCELERATE THEIR DREAMS.
Kellen Moore for president!
Bryan Broaddus: Jason Garrett is betting his job that Kellen Moore can fix this offense. There are those that believe that Moore might not be the answer and when push comes to shove Moore will just revert back to what we’ve seen previously with Scott Linehan. I am going to take the approach that Moore will take this collection of talent on offense and in fact make things work. While in Green Bay, I was with two future head coaches that were sharp offensive minds: Jon Gruden and Andy Reid. Both Gruden and Reid were young coaches at the time and were looking to make a mark in the game, so each day they were studying opponent’s scheme around the league. Both Gruden and Reid were stealing ideas from those schemes and bringing them forward for Mike Holmgren to consider. I see Moore in a similar light. He’s too young to have all the answers but smart enough to know that he needs to develop his own identity. This offense will have some similar base concepts we’ve seen in the past, but the majority be Moore’s ideas, and that will lead to an overall improvement.
A Philadelphia media member giving Dallas some credit? But don’t worry, there are still many excuses in the article.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Let’s get something straight at the outset: The Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFC East. Let’s also get something else straight: It’s July. The Eagles will have seven months to prove it.
As of right now, the Dallas Cowboys are the defending NFC East champions and realistically the only team that can get in the way of the Eagles winning a second NFC East title in the last three years.
But here are some facts: Regardless of the situation, the Cowboys are 6-3 against the Eagles in their last nine games. The Eagles haven’t beaten Dallas since Nov. 19, 2017, 37-9, during the Super Bowl season.
Dallas beat the Eagles in two meaningful games last season, 27-20 and 29-23. Carson Wentz is also 2-3 in a small sample size against Dallas.
Could Demarco Murray have an effect on a possible Ezekiel Elliott holdout?
The way it all turned out seemed to validate the Cowboys’ decision. Perhaps Murray’s big year in 2014 was more about adding Zack Martin and Ron Leary to the offensive line than DeMarco himself. He certainly didn’t look like the same player at any other point in his career.
But Ezekiel Elliott and his agent may not be too worried about all of those nuances. They may be looking at the simple fact that the Cowboys allowed one of the most productive RBs in football in 2014 to just walk away in free agency.
Zeke may be worried that Dallas will allow him to do the same.
Zeke has also been faultlessly durable, missing no games due to injury. Murray had already missed 11 games his first three years before we even got to 2014.
Would the Cowboys really let Byron Jones walk after a Pro Bowl season?
The Dallas Cowboys have changed the way they populate the secondary these days. Ever since Kris Richard came on, Dallas has essentially devalued the secondary. Some of that has to do with the players who were already in place (Richard inherited Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown) but it also has to do with Richard’s overall philosophy regarding DB value.
Two weeks ago we talked about how the Dallas Cowboys are now targeting traits over talent. If you don’t fit those traits, they probably won’t take a chance on your talent. Since Richard has come in, he’s brought in four notable CBs and not one of them has been shorter than 6’1” or have arms less than 32 inches long. It follows the blueprint he executed in Seattle.
The Seahawks, who run a defense strikingly similar to Dallas’, had a reputation for drafting long and lean corners later in the draft: Richard Sherman (5th round), Byron Maxwell (6th round), Jeremy Lane (6th round), and Brandon Browner (undrafted) were all Day 3 picks who boasted arms longer than 32 inches.
You see, what Seattle valued – length – didn’t require draft pedigree or traditional coverage skills. Someone like Byron Jones just doesn’t fit that profile. Last week we pointed out that Byron was excellent for Dallas last season, but he’s nowhere near the level of Richard Sherman.