Cowboys news: Why it takes “11 guys to slow down” Ezekiel El

Cowboys news: Why it takes “11 guys to slow down” Ezekiel El

Beitragvon panxing18 » Fr 9. Nov 2018, 04:23

Texans GM Brian Gaine knows Ezekiel Elliott is one of the NFL’s best players - Matt Mosley , SportsDayMuch like any opponent, Gaine knows that Ezekiel Elliott must be prioritized because he’s one of the league’s most elite players.How Ezekiel Elliott surprised teammates, sparked Cowboys last Sunday - Jon Machota- SportsDayElliott sparked his teammates prior to their week four victory with his energy and leadership.Ezekiel Elliott stepping out of his comfort zone for Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPNThis team needed someone to fill the pregame leadership role occupied recently by folks like Jason Witten or Sean Lee. Elliott ran with the opportunity.Silencing Houston’s home crowd key vs. Texans - Margaux Gill, DallasCowboys.comThe Cowboys are 0-2 on the road this season, which is unlike the Cowboys teams of the Jason Garrett era. Cowboys know offense still needs to improve and especially on the road - Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-TelegramWe’ve seen that this offense can find some juice at home but now they have to prove it on the road against the Texans.Cowboys defense will have to step up their game on the road against the Texans - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The BoysTexans QB Deshaun Watson is poorly protected but Dallas only averages 2.5 sacks on the road. That’s not good for a defense that is predicated on pressure being their strongest attribute.Cowboys defense must shake habit of allowing chunk plays - David Helman, Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys defense is among the best against the big play but have seen an uptick in that category over the last two games.Resetting the NFC East: Has Eagles’ slow start opened up the division? - ESPN StaffThe assumption was that the Philadelphia Eagles would run away with the East, but that ain’t happening.Cowboys have the best pass rusher no one talks about - Stephen White, SBNation.comRetired NFL defensive end Stephen White takes a closer look at Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence, one of the league's best pass rushers.Two Cowboys players named to PFF 2018 first-quarter All-Pro team - Michael Renner, Pro Football FocusNo, it's not the league leader in sacks.It's also not the league leader in rushing yards.So who does that leave?Bill O’Brien: DeMarcus Lawrence can “wreck a game” – Josh Alper, ProFootballTalkLawrence may not get credit from PFF, but he's sure getting credit from the Texans head coach.David Irving and Randy Gregory expected to play Sunday despite missing practice - David Moore, SportsDayIrving and Gregory were not at practice Thursday for different reasons but both still plan to play against Texans.Why did Randy Gregory and David Irving miss Thursday's practice? - Clarence Hill Authentic Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , Fort Worth Star-TelegramNo need to panic, two of the Cowboys pass rushers missed practice but they weren't for troubling reasons.What will Cowboys do to make room for David Irving? - David Moore, SportsDayWho can it be now?Cole Beasley, Scott Linehan seem to indicate that Dak Prescott needs to trust his arm and receivers Are you ready for another take on the Cowboys offensive woes? This one comes from inside the team, not outside analysis. In fact, this take suggests that a lot of outside analysis has been wrong.Cole Beasley dropped these comments about the Cowboys receiving corps and their performance so far on the 2018 season.To some extent, Beasley is right. I have watched the game tape for each performance by the Cowboys in 2018, specifically focusing in on the offense. There have been opportunities in the passing game that are not being exploited. Beasley’s comments suggest it’s happening all the time, which would be somewhat of an exaggeration, but his underlying point holds - the receivers are creating opportunities. He even mentions the “s” word, a buzz word for the Cowboys ever since the offseason.There it is - separation. That’s been the key word applied to the Cowboys receiving corps and a big reason for the revamp this offseason. The natural logic that would follow this goes something like: if the receivers are getting open, then the problem must be with the quarterback. Beasley tries to cover for that, but there is some implied finger-pointing here, no matter how much Beasley tries to be the good teammate and not go there. So following the logic chain of “a lot of variables” there are only really two here. Either Dak Prescott is not seeing or throwing accurately to the receivers, or the offensive line is failing to provide protection. In the Cowboys case, there is a little of both. We’ve documented the problems the Cowboys offensive line is having, but they aren’t the sole source of the problem. Scott Linehan adds another piece to the puzzle with his recent comment. He doesn’t come out and say it Womens Joe Looney Jersey , but he seems to imply the same thing Beasley is getting at, Prescott needs to trust his arm, and his receivers, and “sling it.”If you have watched the game tape (the All-22 version), you would likely come to similar conclusions. For whatever reason, Prescott is not trusting himself to throw it deep or intermediate. There are times you can see him looking at a receiver, who by NFL standards is most definitely open, and not pulling the trigger. Other times, you can see a receiver will be open once he makes his break, but Prescott is not trusting that situation and so he doesn’t attempt the throw. Prescott is the anti-gunslinger in 2018. He wants to protect the ball at all costs and will take the checkdown all too often, even to the team’s detriment. He’s not trusting his arm or the receivers and just slinging it.Those who think that Prescott’s and Linehan’s comments yesterday about slinging it meant that the game plan is to come out and throw 50 times against the Lions (who have the top pass defense and the worst run defense), are likely misinterpreting what they are saying. More likely what they mean, and it’s the logic that runs through all of this, is that when the opportunity is there, Prescott must sling it, he must trust himself and let the ball go. Obviously there are things that Linehan can do to help Prescott. As has been noted in other places, most notably an article in The Ringer , Dallas should start incorporating more play-action into the play-calls. Prescott seems to get a better rhythm on these, and the play-action, especially with Ezekiel Elliott rounding into form, will slow the pass rush and help fool the coverage. The other thing Linehan needs to do is increase the amount of stack/bunch formations to give the receivers cleaner releases, and combine that with rub routes to open things for yards after the catch. Prescott’s natural tendency is to throw short, so give him some opportunities to hit guys and let them run after the catch. The Cowboys most effective play in the passing game so far seems to be slant/crossing routes to Beasley, let’s get more guys involved in that and get more confusion in the coverage in hopes of breaking some of those into big plays with yards after catch. If you want to criticize Linehan for the offensive woes, this is probably the area that rings the most true, he needs to alter his vertical passing routes concepts and incorporate some of these types of plays.The offensive line needs to block better, Linehan needs to throw in some new stuff to accommodate Prescott and put defenses off the scent, but in the end Prescott needs to trust himself and his receivers. There’s a joke that says in the NFL if you’re single-covered, you’re open. That’s an exaggeration, but what it implies is that NFL receivers should beat single coverage enough times that the quarterbacks have to trust their receivers. They have to sometimes throw before the receiver makes his break and trust he’ll be there. The quarterback has to take some chances and trust that his receiver will make them pay off even with a defender nearby. The Cowboys don’t need to sling it 50 times a game, but when the chances are there, Prescott most definitely needs to sling it.
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