10 Reasons The Cowboys Will Be A Dumpster Fire This Season
To note, we won’t talk about the positives of any of the Eagles’ NFC East opponents, since, well, that is unpleasant. This will be 100 percent disdainful. Also, truly, we’ll attempt to burn the Eagles too toward the finish of the arrangement.
1) It wouldn’t be a NFL offseason without capricious Cowboys publicity
With each new offseason, there’s constantly recharged avocation for why the Dallas Cowboys will be Super Bowl contenders. And afterward, consistently, for the most part in December (and at times in January) we’re blessed to receive compulsory shots of Jerry Jones in the proprietor’s container, understanding the season is finished.
Like in 2012, after Tony Romo tossed this pick in Landover, and Alfred Morris punched in a game-fixing TD run minutes after the fact. This is “clear gaze Jerry.”
Or on the other hand in 2013, when Brandon Boykin took out Kyle Orton to end something of a “NFC East Championship Game.” This is “interjection yelling Jerry.” Or did he trip while going to look at the replay, making his chest area sway forward? It’s difficult to tell.
Or on the other hand in 2015, when Jordan Matthews took this go to the house in extra time. In fact, the Cowboys weren’t going anyplace as of now this season, as this put them at 2-6, however was presumably the last nail in the final resting place. This is “walkoff Jerry.”
Or on the other hand in 2017, I had overlooked how their season finished, and it was comical re-watching it. They were down 9, and had first and objective at the 3, and afterward second and objective at the 2. At that point they got called for holding. At that point they got sacked. At that point they had a surrender play on third and long (which drew boos), lastly, a missed field objective (gourmet expert’s kiss). This is “stand up in disturb Jerry.”
Or on the other hand in 2019, when the supported Cowboys, playing the Eagles’ training crew, saw their season end when a fourth down pass was wrecked by Sidney Jones. It was diverting that they even explored this play. This was “I’m not in any event, staying to hear that this call is getting maintained Jerry.”
Side note: After it was clear the Cowboys would lose in the end of the season games against the Packers (twice, in 2014 and 2016) and the Rams (2018), the broadcast didn’t show Jones.
Anyway, that was fun, huh?
Alright, so No. 1 on our rundown was less an explanation they’ll be awful in 2020, and all the more only an opportunity to go after them. . To be resolved which “I realize the season is over Jerry” we’ll see in 2020.
2) Old man Zeke’s odometer keeps on piling on mileage
Ezekiel Elliott has just been in the group for a long time, he’s still just 24 years of age (he turns 25 in July), but, there are just five running backs right now on NFL lists with more profession contacts than him. Trust me, that is precise. Five. They are Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell, Mark Ingram, and Todd Gurley.
Candid Gore: Gore is kind of the perfect example for RB life span, however actually he has consistently declined all through his vocation. In his initial five seasons, he arrived at the midpoint of 4.8 YPC. In his next five seasons, he found the middle value of 4.3 YPC. In his last five, 3.9 YPC.
Adrian Peterson: His initial seven seasons were stunning. At that point he destroyed his knee. At that point he had one phenomenal rebound season. At that point he tore a meniscus, and has been unremarkable since.
Le’Veon Bell: Bell comprehended the beating the Steelers were putting on his body, so he waited for a season as opposed to play on the establishment tag. He marked with the Jets, and in his 6th season he arrived at the midpoint of 3.2 YPC.
Imprint Ingram: Ingram is still acceptable at 30, however he has never surged in excess of multiple times in a single season, and has found the middle value of a pitiful 169 hurrying endeavors for every season over his vocation, therefore keeping him new. By examination, Elliott’s low hurrying endeavor aggregate for any one season is 242, in 2017, when he was suspended for six games.
Todd Gurley: During the 2018 offseason, Gurley marked a four-year augmentation worth $60 million, $45 million of which was ensured. The Rams very quickly lamented that, as his play tumbled off pointedly, and two seasons later the Rams were happy to take on a dead cash hit of $11,750,000 so as to discharge him.
So’s what happens to running backs who get the show on the road a great deal in the cutting edge NFL. Note that nothing unless there are other options five players stay in the group that initially drafted them.
In his four years in the alliance, Elliott has piled on 1,358 contacts, or 340 for each season. The following nearest player over that range was Gurley, who had 125 less contacts. Also, once more, this is with Elliott missing eight games. Include three season finisher games, and he’s up to 1,433, or 358 contacts for each season.
Narratively, Elliott simply doesn’t look as touchy as he did when he entered the group. The accompanying video is of Elliott from his new kid on the block season. He despite everything runs with power, yet does he despite everything have this sort of dangerousness?
The numbers back up the eye test. In 2019, Elliott had an excellent aggregate of four surges of 20+ yards, and a long surge of 33 yards. 23 NFL players had in any event five surges of 20+ yards. A portion of the folks who had a similar number of 20+ yard surges incorporate a moderate quarterback (Jameis Winston), a wide recipient (Deebo Samuel), and Elliott’s reinforcement (Tony Pollard).
On the off chance that your counter is that huge has were never impact of Elliott’s down, that is wrong. In his initial three seasons, he had 30 surges of 20+ yards, or 0.75 per game. Clearly, his four surges of 20+ yards would be 0.25 per game, or 33% of his past profession normal.
It’s OK. You can let it be known. He’s not in the same class as he used to be. The falloff is as of now in progress. The main inquiry is whether it’s coming quick or moderate.
Anyway, how about we feel free to refresh Elliott’s Zelda-esque life meter:
3) New lead trainer, new protective facilitator, no offseason yet
A yearly reason for festivity among Eagles, Giants, and Washington group fans was the declaration that Jason Garrett would remain the lead trainer of the Cowboys. Those days are finished, as Dallas at last terminated Clappy McClapperson, and supplanted him with previous long-lasting Packers lead trainer Mike McCarthy.
Notwithstanding, Dallas has the incident of making an instructing change during a year in which there were no new kid on the block camps, no OTAs, no minicamps, and likely some degraded form of preparing camp because of the coronavirus flare-up.
McCarthy gathered a 125-77-2 (0.618) record more than 13 years in Green Bay, and won a Super Bowl in 2010. In case you’re a “glass half full” type, you may state, “Goodness hello, that is extraordinary!”
In case you’re a “glass half unfilled” fellow/lady, you may be worried about the accompanying:
McCarthy had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers as his quarterbacks for a long time, and just won one Super Bowl.
In his most recent two years in Green Bay, the group went 11-16-1, and he was terminated during the 2018 season. The next year, without McCarthy, the group went 13-3, their best record since 2011.
In a looooong, point by point article a year prior by Tyler Dunne of b/r, the tales that created the fiery features rotated around McCarthy getting looked at in his group, regularly being missing from group gatherings since he was getting kneads, lol. However, on the off chance that I were a Cowboys fan, that wouldn’t trouble me as much as the steady support in the article that his plan and his thoughts had gotten stale in an advancing NFL.
I don’t have the foggiest idea. Perhaps those back rubs cleared McCarthy’s head and he’ll concoct new material.
In the mean time, the Cowboys likewise have another cautious organizer in Mike Nolan, who has been instructing in the NFL since 1987. The last time Nolan was a guarded facilitator was from 2012 to 2014, when he ran the Falcons’ resistance. His unit went from the 24th positioned barrier in 2012, to 27th in 2013, to 32nd in 2014. Or then again in the event that you favor DVOA, his barrier was positioned twelfth in 2012, 29th in 2013, and 32nd in 2014.
In this way, the Cowboys’ mentors are either experienced or stale, contingent upon your perspective. In any case, they’ll get their first “grass time” with their players a month and a half before the beginning of the period, best case scenario.
4) The quarterback despite everything isn’t marked to a drawn out arrangement
Over a 15-day stretch in August-September of 2019, the Cowboys passed out worthwhile arrangements to a running back (Ezekiel Elliott), an off-ball linebacker (Jaylon Smith), and RT La’el Collins. By one way or another those arrangements completed before increasingly significant players like Prescott, wide collector Amari Cooper, and CB Byron Jones.
The absence of an arrangement for Prescott is very likely going to cost the Cowboys, bigly, going ahead. While the Eagles and Rams were caught up with completing new arrangements for Carson Wentz and Jared Goff for around $32 million every year last offseason, Prescott played well on his awful fourth-round new kid on the block contract in 2019, and maintained a strategic distance from injury, consequently moving influence to his side of the bartering table.
The Cowboys allegedly made a shaky proposal of $33 million every year (or possibly to some degree more?), which Prescott and operator Todd France legitimately turned down. Another report said that Prescott turned down a five-year bargain worth $175 million. While that may seem like insane cash for a marginal top 10 quarterback, actually there is rationale to turning down a five-year, $175 million arrangement.
Why? All things considered, missing another arrangement, Dallas had to hit Prescott with the establishment tag, which will cost them $31,409,000 in 2020 if a drawn out arrangement isn’t worked out by July 15. In 2021, if the Cowboys label him once more, Prescott will make 120 percent of that sum, or $37,690,800. Whenever labeled a third time, he’ll make 144 percent of his 2021 compensation, or $54,274,752. Put it all together, and that is $123,374,552, or somewhat more than $41 million for each season.
On the off chance that anytime the Cowboys choose not to continue labeling him and he hits the open market, he would show signs of improvement bargain than any of the arrangements he has purportedly been offered, as long as he’s as yet sound, and still a main 10-ish sort of quarterback.
The Cowboys had the benefit of having a legitimate starting quarterback on their cap at an extremely low number for four years, and all they have to show for it was one playoff win. Now that Prescott is making over $31 million in 2020, the Cowboys had to part with some good players to make room for that extreme increase…
5) The offense lost some good starters
• C Travis Frederick, retirement: Frederick has been the starting center for the Cowboys since they drafted him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, racking up 96 starts along the way. He missed the entire 2018 season with a rare disease, but returned in 2019. In six years in the league, he had three All-Pro nods (one first-team, two second-team), and five Pro Bowl appearances.
He’ll more than likely be replaced by Joe Looney. While Frederick was a “name recognition” Pro Bowl selection in 2019, this is still quite obviously a downgrade.
• WR Randall Cobb, signed with the Texans: Cobb was quite a productive player for the Cowboys in 2019, catching 55 passes for 828 yards (a very good 15.1 YPC as a slot receiver), and 3 TDs. He’ll be replaced by rookie first round pick CeeDee Lamb.
I think this is an apt place to mention the Cowboys’ 2020 draft haul, which was widely praised (hell, we gave it an A-). The Cowboys lost two good starters on offense, and three on defense, plus a few other not good starters, like Jason Witten and Jeff Heath. They really only replaced one of their good starters (Maliek Collins) with a good veteran (Gerald McCoy), and even in that case, it might be a downgrade. The rest were through the draft, which is fine, except that every team in the NFL also drafted new players.
A lot of teams got better in free agency (or at least didn’t get worse by losing a slew of good starters), and then also added to their roster through the draft. The Cowboys decidedly got worse during the free agency phase of this offseason.
6) The defense lost even more good starters than the offense
• CB Byron Jones, signed with the Dolphins: Jones landed a $16.5 million/year deal with the Dolphins. He was easily the Cowboys’ best and most reliable defensive back. His replacement could be anyone from Anthony Brown to Daryl Worley to Maurice Canady, to either of the two rookie draft picks, Trevon Diggs or Reggie Robinson. In any scenario, that’s going to be a downgrade.
• DE Robert Quinn, signed with the Bears: Quinn was the Cowboys’ most productive pass rusher in 2019. In 14 games, he had 34 tackles (13 for loss), 11.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 22 QB hits. He’ll be replaced by JAG Tyrone Crawford, or perhaps by a fine pair of upstanding young men in Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory, who are both on their 30th (estimated) chances in the NFL. (Note: Gregory is still currently suspended, but he might get reinstated? I don’t know. Who cares? How long will that last if he does?)
• DT Maliek Collins, signed with the Raiders: Collins, who is still only 25 years old, played 61 games (55 starts) for the Cowboys in four seasons. Over his career in Dallas, he had 84 tackles (20 for loss), 14.5 sacks, 40 QB hits, and 5 fumble recoveries. He was a young, solid starter, who signed for the Raiders on a one-year deal worth $6 million, which is less money than his replacement, 32-year-old Gerald McCoy, who got paid more by the Cowboys than what the Raiders paid Collins. I don’t understand that one.
7) Is Leighton Vander Esch the new Sean Lee?
Sean Lee will forever be known as one of those guys who was really good when he was healthy, but, you know, could never stay healthy. Lee’s starting replacement, Leighton Vander Esch, is already beginning to follow that same career trajectory. Lee’s ligaments were made of dandelions and papier-mâché, while Vander Esch is beginning to transform into Dee Reynolds (the “Aluminum Monster”) from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Coming out of Boise State, Vander Esch had medical concerns stemming from a neck injury that cost him half of the 2016 season. That injury reportedly resulted in some teams removing him from their draft boards completely, or at a minimum, caused some teams to red flag him.
Vander Esch missed the last five games of the 2019 season with a bulging disk, made worse by a genetic spinal condition that he suffers from, called cervical spinal stenosis, which the Dallas Morning News explained in detail in December.
He has cervical spinal stenosis, a condition featuring a narrowed spinal column in the neck. One consequence for affected individuals is increased nerve sensitivity to a bulging or herniated disk, which can require surgery if more conservative treatment methods do not alleviate symptoms. Those can include numbness or tingling in limbs.
NFL teams were aware Vander Esch had the condition before the 2018 draft, when the Cowboys selected the Boise State standout with the 19th overall pick.
He plays with a neck collar to help protect the area.
“From what the doctors say, I was born with stenosis,” Vander Esch said following Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “So it’s something you’ve got to deal with. Nothing was bothering me until I got hit in Week 7. I’ve got a new set of pads being built, and I’ve been running and practicing in those. So it feels good. … We were just saving up for playoffs hopefully, but it’s out of my control.”
Vander Esch had surgery to repair the 2019 injury, and is “fully recovered,” except that he’s not “fully recovered” because it’s not like his genetic condition has gone away. He is a fantastic player who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018, but relying on him to be able to play 16 games is going to be a yearly cause for angst for the Cowboys.
8) But otherwise, the Cowboys have had excellent injury luck
In fact, they were the fourth healthiest team in the league, in terms of “adjusted games lost,” via FootballOutsiders.com. And they still only went 8-8. What’s going to happen if they’re not so lucky anymore?
9) They don’t create turnovers
Over the last five years, the Cowboys have only picked off 43 passes. They have been consistently bad in that area for a half-decade now:
Year Cowboys INTs How many teams had fewer INTs?
With consistently bad numbers like that, surely part of that was scheme, and maybe those numbers will increase under a new defensive coordinator. It will be interesting to see if a more aggressive scheme will result in more turnovers, or if a roster not used to making big plays on defense just isn’t good at it, and will continue to have low takeaway production while also being more susceptible to big plays down the field.
10) Jerry Jones is speaking with his silence
In 2017, Jones suggested that players who are “disrespectful to the flag” could be benched. In 2020, should the NFL season actually happen, protests are going to occur on a far wider scale than they did three years ago.
Many NFL owners, coaches, players, media, and fans have become more enlightened as a result of protests, past and present, which of course have nothing to do with “disrespecting the flag.”
A number of teams, and more specifically, their owners, have released progressive statements about the Black Lives Matter movement, as they all should. One owner that has been silent is Jones, and Cowboys players have noticed.