Cowboys comfortable with where Aldon Smith is in reinstatement bid

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The Cowboys had Robert Quinn opposite DeMarcus Lawrence last season. They don’t have Quinn anymore.

They also used the Tampa Two with Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard last season. Now, with Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator, the Cowboys will run a four-man base defense with “the ability to have some variation there,” new coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday.

Aldon Smith will fit perfectly what the Cowboys want to do with a designated pass-rusher if he earns reinstatement and still can play after so long out of the game.

Smith hasn’t played since 2015 and remains indefinitely suspended.

“Aldon has been in the process of re-entering as an active player in the NFL for several months now,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. “I would say first-hand that I know that he is very diligent in his work to do the things the NFL looks at to reinstate. It was important to us to look eye to eye and see where we are with our conscientiousness.”

McCarthy first met Smith in December. The now-Cowboys head coach was visiting his daughter, an aspiring actress, in Los Angeles when he went to work out at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym.

“I was up there on a personal nature,” McCarthy said. “I was very impressed with everything that he’s done and his path. I’ve always admired him from afar. Very impressive young man, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The Cowboys are awaiting word from the NFL on both Smith and Randy Gregory. Even though the new labor deal softens the punishment for positive street drug tests moving forward, it changes nothing regarding the status of indefinitely suspended players.

“I wouldn’t dare get into where the league is and how they will go about this process for both of those players,” Jones said. “I will say this, as a league, we really are bent toward the medical aspect of many of these problems or many of these things that have been in consideration when a player has to have some type of suspension. We’ve made it more medically oriented to where you can have good grades from doctors, and that weighs into being a player in the NFL. Those guys are certainly adhering to those tests in their rehab efforts.”

11 responses to “Cowboys comfortable with where Aldon Smith is in reinstatement bid

  1. Sure, they are comfortable with Smith. They are used to having players on the suspended list.

  2. I’m never surprised by anything Jerry Jones does.
    That said, Jerry wields a certain level of power and standing among the owners and the commissioner. I suspect he had some reasonable assurance prior to signing Aldon Smith that he would be allowed to return, either immediately or after a relatively short suspension.

  3. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to not apply the new standards retroactively – two different players who do the same “offense” being treated substantially differently. Seems like a fail by the NFLPA.

  4. Who exactly is Jerry UNcomfortable with?
    Maybe Jesus?
    I wish Aldon health and clarity.
    But Dallas sucks.

  5. Can’t always trust her reporting on the Cowboys. A year ago she was talking about Gregory being reinstated for the 2019 season after just being indefinitely suspended in Feb 2019. Made no sense and was obviously in accurate.

  6. skmad2014 says:

    April 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to not apply the new standards retroactively – two different players who do the same “offense” being treated substantially differently. Seems like a fail by the NFLPA.
    ——
    Well although I’m fine with wiping out suspensions your scenario isnt correct. The 2 players arent both making the same offense,1 made an offense the other did nothing wrong because there was no rule. To put it in context of daily life, if your going 60 mph and the speed limit is 50 mph your breaking a rule/law and may get a speeding ticket. If 2 weeks later your going 60 mph on the same road but the speed limit has changed to 60 mph your doing nothing wrong currently but it doesnt change that you had previously.

  7. He wasn’t allowed to play for the Raiders,so why would he be able to play for the cowboys?

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