Jerry Jones responds to criticism about Dak Prescott’s contract after ankle injury - Billy Heyen, Sporting News
Dak Prescott spent much of the offseason trying in contract negotiations with the Cowboys, but ultimately settled for the franchise tag. Five games into his franchise tag year, Prescott is out for the year, prompting questions about his financial future.
“We’ve got to be reminded that to have a team, we’ve got to really manage how we dole out our resources,” Jones said Tuesday. ”Dak is deserving of anything that you want to put on a piece of paper, relatively speaking. He’s deserving of that. If you evaluate what he can do to help us win championships, you can see that it’s there. Plus, he’s a leader at the premier leader spot. We’ve got to make it work.”
“You really are vulnerable when you really put a running game in that really relies, not relies, but just really utilizes a lot the running game with the quarterback,” Jones added. ”This game is gonna get you, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Andy Dalton won’t inspire tons of confidence in the Cowboys’ odds of being competitive, but it helps that he has a loaded offense to work with, highlighted by the impressive rookie season of CeeDee Lamb.
Generally speaking, it’d be easy to think a Cowboys game that featured just two catches for 23 yards by Amari Cooper was a struggle-filled mess of a loss.
Against the Giants, it was breakout rookie CeeDee Lamb catching eight of his 11 targets for 124 yards. It was Michael Gallup inhaling all four of his targets for 73 yards. It was Cedrick Wilson grabbing all four of his chances for 22 yards.
And now it’s Lamb leading the team in receiving outright and Gallup sprinting past everyone with his per-catch average of 20.5 yards. Six different targets have at least 12 catches on the season, and five of them have at least two plays of 20-plus yards.
Andy Dalton can save Cowboys’ season and reboot his career after missing out on starting jobs last offseason - Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports
Andy Dalton was the Bengals’ franchise quarterback for the most successful period of time in franchise history, but it’s been a while since those days. Now, Dalton has a shot at reviving his career while also saving the Cowboys’ season.
Now a horrible turn of fate has granted him a chance to reclaim a reputation as a starter, while rebooting a career that has never gotten the respect it probably deserves.
This is why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones signed Dalton in May, because Jones has been through the Brandon Weeden, Kyle Orton and Matt Cassel experience. And even though Dak Prescott didn’t miss a single game in the previous four seasons, the Cowboys owner learned the hard way that guys like Troy Aikman and Tony Romo sometimes didn’t walk through that door. The resulting backup slump (aside from, say, the Jon Kitna experience) taught a valuable lesson: A quality starter on the second rung of the quarterback depth chart can be the difference between fighting through the remainder of a season or simply killing time before the NFL draft.
It’s up to Ezekiel Elliott, not Andy Dalton, to salvage the Dallas Cowboys’ season - Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News
Most people have come around to the line of thinking that quarterback play is inherently more important than running back play, but Andy Dalton’s sudden ascension to the starting job is going to make the running game rise in need.
Still, this offense must revolve around Ezekiel Elliott for the Cowboys to salvage their season and win football’s worst division. And it needs to start Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals. Got it?
As soon as you talk about building the offense around Elliott, the football nerds start adjusting their pocket protectors and screaming about formulas usually found in an algebra class. They need to settle down. The more the game has changed the more it stays the same. Ask any coach, GM or player and they’ll tell you the truth about running the football.
The best teams run it when they want to run it and when they need to run it. Making Elliott the offensive focal point isn’t about running the ball every first down, or giving him 25 carries a game. It’s about winning games.
Andy Dalton takes center-stage as Cowboys move on without QB1: Decoding Kellen - Bob Sturm, The Athletic
Andy Dalton was far and away the best backup quarterback coming into this season. Now he’s the starter, and the Cowboys have certainly done worse for themselves in the past when faced with this kind of situation.
A 7-20 record and 1-13 from 2013-2015 was, to me, a massive indictment on the coaching staff’s utter reliance on Tony Romo to be brilliant for the team to even play competent football. It did not shower anyone in glory.
But Andy Dalton is not Brandon Weeden, and Mike McCarthy is not Jason Garrett.
I think it is important to realize that Andy Dalton has been in the NFL for 10 seasons, and he has been a starter for nine of those 10. After this week, we will say he is 10 of 10, as here he comes to try and win the NFC East with a slight divisional lead and possibly the best supporting cast he has ever had. His best season was 2013 when the Bengals won 11 games and he had a young AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert as his targets with Giovani Bernard out of the backfield. It was a real offensive machine with Jay Gruden pulling the strings. I still think the 2020 Cowboys probably have that group beat, but I suppose we should see how it fits him first.
The general point here is that the Cowboys have a QB who stepped in on Sunday and, after a bit of a rocky start, made key plays in key moments.
Cowboys sign veteran backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert a day after Dak Prescott’s injury, per report - Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports
With Dak Prescott going to the injured reserve and Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci the only quarterback’s left, Dallas signed a new quarterback in former AAF star Garrett Gilbert.
A sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gilbert has attempted six passes in six career regular season games. A Texas native, Gilbert started his college career at Texas, where he famously replaced inured starter Colt McCoy during the Longhorns’ loss to Alabama in the 2009 National Championship Game. Gilbert, who finished his college career at SMU, was the Rams’ sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, Gilbert spent nearly two months on the Rams’ practice squad before joining the Patriots’ practice squad in December, where he won a Super Bowl ring after New England defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX.
Gilbert bounced around the league over the next several years before joining the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. Prior to the league suspending operations, Gilbert led the AAF with 2,152 passing yards. He also led the league with a 99.1 passer rating and was also second in the league with 13 touchdown passes.
The Cowboys may lead the NFC East right now, but their 2-3 record is anything but promising. There are plenty of areas they can improve, but not too many free agents available. Here’s a few that would be good additions.
DT Marcell Dareus
After Trysten Hill’s season-ending knee injury the Dallas Cowboys find themselves extremely thin at the defensive tackle position. Marcell Dareus is arguably the best option available right now – after Damon Harrison signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad -and someone who could help the Cowboys run defense. He doesn’t provide much as a pass rusher, but at 6’3″ 331 he should help clog up the middle and allow the linebackers more freedom to make plays.
OT LaAdrian Waddle
The Dallas Cowboys are now forced to start two undrafted players at both left and right tackle after losing Tyron Smith and La’el Collins for the season. Brandon Knight and Terence Steele performed admirably in Week 5 against the New York Giants, but there’s still a lot of football left to play in 2020. The Cowboys would be wise to find a more experienced option. LaAdrian Waddle could challenge to start at RT, but at worst could be an upgrade as a swing tackle.
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