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She triumphed in the past four slalom

Messagepar chenyan94 » Sam 11 Août 2018, 10:18

Head coach Jason Garrett unveiled a new idea to reinvigorate the Cowboys offense this week: lining Cole Beasley up as an outside receiver and making him a go-to guy.Note: We said new idea. Not good new idea.Beasley鈥攁聽5'8" Shaquem Griffin Seahawks Jersey , 180-pound, 29-year-old鈥攊s about as much of an outside threat as Dez Bryant is a goodwill ambassador for the Cowboys organization.聽He caught 75 passes during a breakout 2016 season, but those were mostly from the slot and came during a year in which defenses so feared the Cowboys offensive line that every play-action fake looked like sorcery to them. He regressed for just 36 catches at 8.7 yards per reception last season, when defenses spent less time crawling out of the mud between plays and noticed just how thin the Cowboys playbook really is.Still,聽per聽Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, when asked聽if Beasley was lining up outside more often in camp,聽Garrett said:聽"I think he's always been able to handle it. You've seen him have a lot of success at different times as an outside receiver."It's not as if Garrett read last weekend's #DezRant on Twitter about how "everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks" and thought, Oh yeah? Well I'll fix his little red wagon by lining everyone up in the most counterproductive formations imaginable! The Cowboys are just this thin at receiver, so Garrett must move Beasley outside to accommodate newcomer Tavon Austin, who is hypothetically a slot receiver. (After all, who ever heard of a team with multiple quick, undersized playmakers in the slot, besides the Patriots鈥攜ou know, the team that wins everything but also has other good receivers and a great tight end, assets the Cowboys lack).The real issue here Cheap Shaquem Griffin Jersey , though, isn't the miscasting of Beasley, the petulance of Bryant or even the smoldering craters of bad ideas and wishful thinking that pass for the Cowboys wide receiver and tight end depth charts.聽The issue is Garrett: the much-maligned, oft-misunderstood middle manager of a head coach whom team owner Jerry Jones insists is not on the hot seat this year.Jones issued an emphatic endorsement when asked about Garrett's job status for this season and beyond. "I think it's as logical as watching my step as I walk off this stage that Jason is better and the right man for this job," said Jones, a man not known for watching his step. There's no Super Bowl or playoff ultimatum for Garrett, just as there somehow never has been.Gus Ruelas/Associated PressGarrett is now the second-longest tenured head coach in Cowboys history. He's won 67 NFL games but reached the playoffs just twice, winning just one playoff game. According to Football Outsiders Almanac, only two other coaches since the AFL merger have won so many games with so few playoff appearances: Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche. Both Gregg and Wyche at least led teams to the Super Bowl. Garrett peaked with a non-catch in a playoff game by a wide receiver who spent the weekend dragging him across the Internet.Garrett's greatest asset is his usefulness as an intermediary between the Jones family and the Cowboys players. Don't underestimate the difficulty, and value, of that role. It takes a low boiling point and a grounded ego鈥攖wo things NFL coaches are not known for鈥攖o take orders from Jerry and Stephen Jones and give them to the likes of Dez. This weekend's Twitter eruption demonstrates what happens when there's a tiny miscommunication.It's easy to sympathize with Garrett as he endures fallout from a Bryant-Jones meltdown and tries to make chicken soup out of the receiving corps Jones and Son left him with after cutting Bryant loose (with no cap space left for a quality replacement) and pretending that Jason Witten would never get old. It's also easy to look to 12- and 13-win seasons in the past four years, despite massive roster churn, and point out that Garrett must be good at more than getting Jones'聽coffee order just right.The problem is that the 2018 Cowboys don't have the talent of the 2016 or 2014 Cowboys. Those Cowboys could win games with an Ask Madden playbook. These Cowboys need to be coached creatively and definitively.The Cowboys 2018 receiving corps, as pointed out repeatedly, is abysmal. No amount of rugged running or play-action faking is going to get the likes of Deonte Thompson or Terrance Williams consistently open against NFL coverage Derwin James Jersey , and longtime security blanket Witten has been replaced by a blank space on the depth chart.聽Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan need to coach players up, figure out what newcomers Austin and Allen Hurns can really do after multiple disappointing seasons and find ways of getting the ball down the field. And no, lining Beasley up outside against defenders like Josh Norman is not a viable solution.The Cowboys defense is dependent on the development of lots of young players: Taco Charlton, Randy Gregory, Jaylon Smith, Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones, Leighton Vander Esch and others. That's a mix of big personalities, guys with personal issues and injury backgrounds, potential breakout stars, guys bouncing between positions and rookies. It's a group with great potential but few veteran leaders (other than Sean Lee, the only person who got it worse than Garrett during #DezRants). Garrett needs to be a tone- and expectation-setter for the defense, not a functionary with a whistle.Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesJones has dragged the Cowboys out on a limb with his unique interpretation of the NFL's ever-devolving national anthem policy. At some point this season, the Cowboys will be at the epicenter of a protest controversy that's likely to blitz them from multiple angles. Garrett will have to be much more than the designated organizational boiling chip if Cowboys players begin to stray from the party line.Garrett, in other words Vita Vea Youth Jersey , can't just wind up his offensive line and front-line players and get out of their way this year. He must actually elevate the Cowboys beyond their talent level this year, something he has never proven he can do.The
Four years ago Mikaela Shiffrin had a ”crazy” dream of winning five gold medals at the 2018 Olympics. That aim is seeming less and less unrealistic.

Just after becoming the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games, the then 18-year-old Shiffrin dreamed aloud ”of the next Olympics (and) winning five gold medals.”

Right away she admitted her ambition ”sounds really crazy.”

However, less than five weeks ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics, that number seems more obtainable than ever before.

Shiffrin probably won’t win that handful of gold medals, but mainly because she is unlikely to enter five different events in South Korea.

She will only decide on short notice which events she is going to enter at the Olympics.

Unlike at previous games, this time the technical races of GS and slalom are the first events on the women’s Alpine Olympic schedule, enabling Shiffrin to compete in her core disciplines before making up her mind on possible starts in the speed events of downhill and super-G, and the concluding combined and team events.

Developed into a potential winner of every race she competes in, and even triumphing for the first time in a downhill in December, Shiffrin has been dominating the Alpine skiing World Cup for months.

Her win in a slalom in Slovenia on Sunday was her ninth of the season, and seventh out of the last eight races, boosting her career total to 40.

That number leaves her one short of the all-time record for most World Cup wins by a 22-year-old, set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell in the 1970s.

With the World Cup season approaching the halfway mark, Shiffrin is leading the overall standings as well as every single discipline except for super-G Marcedes Lewis Youth Jersey , the only event she hasn’t won yet.

Her season stats are even far exceeding her achievements from last year, when she became the third American female skier after Tamara McKinney and four-time champion Lindsey Vonn to win the overall title.

Though winning is not all what Shiffrin is after.

”It’s a good way to put it that I am not competing, I am just enjoying every turn that I make, to make every turn aggressive,” Shiffrin said. ”Right now I am just enjoying that so much, the skiing, that it’s even more important than the winning.”

Still, the wins keep piling up.

With 100 points for every victory, Shiffrin has racked up 1,281 World Cup points after 18 of this season’s 38 races and looks set to break the record for the most World Cup points in a single season – 2,414 by retired Slovenian great Tina Maze, a record many deemed unbreakable.

In her main event, Shiffrin is not just winning, she is crushing the field. She triumphed in the past four slaloms by margins of 1.64, 0.89 Cheap Darius Leonard Jersey , 1.59 and again 1.64 seconds – a country mile in the sport.

Having won 20 of the last 25 slaloms she entered, it’s hard to see past Shiffrin for gold at the Pyeongchang Games, even if the American doesn’t regard herself unbeatable by any means.

”Every single of the competitors can match,” she said. ”That makes me even more motivated to keep moving forward.”

While a night race in Flachau on Tuesday will be the penultimate slalom ahead of the Olympics, Shiffrin will be eager to keep her momentum going in weeks to come.

After Sunday’s race, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden praised the American for ”taking the sport to another level.”

But Shiffrin, who usually refrains from keeping track of her records and statistics, said ”it doesn’t feel like it’s something crazy that’s happening.”

This time, she said, ”it’s not like dreaming. And that’s really cool.”

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