Silver Lining in the Off-Season From Hell for Cowboys

Dak Prescott

There are no words left to say at this point, the Dallas Cowboys have had an embarrassing few weeks leading up to the rookies reporting for the start of training camp. The list of crap that’s happened in the last 15 days alone doesn’t need to be repeated and the level of stupidity is mind boggling.

However, you know who hasn’t done anything wrong? The quarterback, and he’s been more in the limelight than any other player this off-season. Somehow, he has avoided any of the negative news that others haven’t escaped.

That seems extremely noteworthy. In the NFL, games are won or lost because of quarterback play and teams need a quarterback capable of making the right decision in those crucial moments. When the heat is on, you need your quarterback to remain calm and control the moment, not let it get too big for him. Instead of losing his cool, you need someone with good judgement to help you win games.

If we’ve learned anything in this past year, Dak Prescott is that man. He has stayed as far away from trouble as much as Zeke has gotten into it, and when the Cowboys need a leader, its Prescott the team will be following. Not any of the knuckleheads who seems to be in the news every other day for losing their tempers.

Some players may miss games because of their actions, but none of them are as important as Dak, Elliott included. Players follow their leader, for the Cowboys, that’s Dak Prescott. Dallas will go as far as Prescott leads them.

Ezekiel Elliott might be the more talented player, but he isn’t more important to the Cowboys. Although not anyone can run for 1,600 yards behind their offensive line, Darren McFadden did manage to hit the one thousand yard mark a few years ago, but it was the quarterback play that crushed the team during their 4-12 season. If the Cowboys lose Dak for an extended amount of time in 2017, expect a 2015-like year.

None of this can wipe the disgust of the off-season from the Cowboys’ face, but knowing your leader has taken care of business and has prepared for the year makes a big difference. There shouldn’t be any parties thrown for staying out of trouble, but it’s comforting to know that Dak Prescott is focused on football.

Training camp is here and the emphasis is now about what happens on the field. For some, that has always been the case. It’s just too bad the same can’t be said for the entire team.

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Ben Grimaldi

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21 thoughts on “Silver Lining in the Off-Season From Hell for Cowboys”

  1. Please tell me what I going on with Tyronne Crawford! First he is drafted at DE. Then he is moved to DT and signed a huge contract. Then he returned to DE due to depth issues and SAYS he is really comfortable at DE. Now some writers are saying he wants to move to DT permanently while others say he wants to stay at DE. Can you please sort out all this information and misinformation. I think he would probably have to take a paycut to move to DE but does that lengthen his career and lessen the chance of injury?

    1. Think they like him as a swiss army kinda guy, he bounces around where they need him. That said, he’s gonna play mostly inside unless injuries dictate otherwise.

  2. Football Mensa

    Ben , Dak just has cool hand Luke aura about him. He may very well be one of those guys who usurps mediocre coaching.

    1. I think Dak gets his fair share of good coaching. The Cowboys have a quality QB coach, an OC who is a former QB, and Garrett to help Dak along. He is surrounded by quality coaching.

      I worry about everything else.

    2. Senovio Rodriguez

      As long as he has some guys around him…it seems he will will them to win.

    1. Lee, we have Steve on-site, Connor will be there for a short time as well. And follow @YumaCactus on twitter or o his youtube page to get some great videos from practices.

  3. I’m honestly shocked that more of you aren’t taking a stand with the behavior from these guys. It’s been embarrassing.

    1. What kind of stand can you really take? I’m disappointed in their behavior but I remember some of the stupid things that I did at that age and I didn’t have their money. Zeke’ incidents are fairly harmless other than punching out the guy if he’s guilty but some people need an ass kicking.

      1. LOL. Does nobody remember those 90’s teams??? I mean Irvin STABBED a guy over a haircut. (allegedly) Not saying I couldn’t do w/ out all the headlines, but… (& thank god there was no cel phones/social media back then, Dallas would have barely been able to field a team most weeks)

        1. You’ve got that right! There would be jail time for some of those infractions today.

    2. Senovio Rodriguez

      Embarrassing. But what can fans really do when Jerry or Garrett are in charge? …and yes, most fans probably know or guess what these guys will say or do.

      Me: would have cut Randle after his stealing…and mouthing off in practice. And team paid for it in 2015.
      The same goes for Wilson: don’t need any choir boys but I would have cut. Then and there. But can sign or trade for a LB and then cut in TC. Even if he was doing well.

      Young and dumb. But with lots of money. What do you really expect.

      Now, if Jerry were to sign a turd like Hardy…well, then, that would be another matter.

      Before people get all huffy, (and pardon the cliches) but I don’t know about the drafted DB that is going to court. Tried to listen to radio and guys around draft. But I thought I heard that there was more in the nature of arguments… but then again, I don’t know.

    3. Paul Michael Karam

      The one thing we KNOW that Zeke did is the speeding tcket. Everything dose is he said,she said stuff and law enforcement refuses to get involved. Enough said!

  4. Senovio Rodriguez

    Disgust? maybe a little harsh… but the water has been preheated from years of FO boneheaded moves and player missteps.

    When it seems that the team is this close (2014 and 2016) and just making a play and winning and then moving on and then…. so close and yet so far. Yeah, with those expectations, the margin for stoopidty is very small.

    Zeke: time will tell if he can avoid major mistakes. But how in the hell do you appeal 100 mph. “That radar was wrong, I was only doing less than…”.

    [hopefully just will go through a period like one Dez. all smoke and no fire…]

    Wilson: charges get dropped? everybody gets amnesia? But still something happened and something “concrete”(unlike Zeke at bar) and Commish does bring down the hammer.

    Jaylon: until he plays … oh well.

    But the thing at TC to worry about: after 3 starters (Lee, Hitchens, Wilbur), who do the Boys really have? And please no 5-10 220 lb LBs. Don’t see Dexter Coakley or Dat Nguyen out there.

    [okay maybe as the sixth LB on team and great for special teams…but]

    And, yes, I would rather see 6-2 240 lb LB out there…if he can move of course 😛

    1. Football Mensa

      I remember Jerry being so proud of the Coakley pick during his rookie training camp. Coakley and Dat are the kind of players that stand out on losing teams. Like being the tallest midget. See what I did there ?

      1. Senovio Rodriguez

        Well actually I do remember that Dex could cover WRs in slot. (Then again, it has been awhile). But both guys had subpar DLs to help them out. Well besides Ellis and L.Glover they had …

        And Dat was serviceable. BJames needed how long to get ready to man the middle? And then seemed to not make plays when he had more talent around him than Dat.

        Tallest midgets…well how about short giants 🙂

        But they did have the speed or seemed to be at the right spot…however, their size would be a disadvantage.

  5. Everyone looking to see if the rookie corners can hold up, whether Jaylon can fulfill some of his promise, and will the DEs generate any consistent pressure? It is all about the defense if we are to contend………especially against elite QBs

    In most cases, QB play is what separates contenders from pretenders, even with a monster at RB………

  6. Other than Damien Wilson’s idiot move, I have not been disgusted with the Cowboys off season. I am ready for TC, because I want to see how LG and RT shake out. What the Taco and Tapper show. How good is Jaylon going to be at speed in pads? Will Thornton and Paea step up as a force at the 1? Who will be the pet cat this year? I want to see if the defense appears to be better. I’m ready.

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