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2017 Pro Bowl Prediction: Dallas Cowboys Edition

Brian Martin



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Have you cast your vote yet for the 2017 Pro Bowl? Anyone? Hello…Is anyone out there?

Well, it’s not too late. You might not have even known that the voting had started. I myself just voted recently and as you can imagine I went a little bit heavy on the players I am most familiar with, the Dallas Cowboys.

Go cast your Pro Bowl ballot now.

Now, I didn’t vote for these players just because they play for my favorite team. I voted for them because they deserve the right to be named to the 2017 Pro Bowl.

The Dallas Cowboys are no strangers to sending several players to the Pro Bowl each year and I think we will see plenty of them in 2017. Of course, only if they’re not playing in the Super Bowl.

In all honesty though, I think a lot of the players that get voted into the Pro Bowl make it on name alone. It’s kind of like a popularity contest. The players with the well-known names receive more votes because they have a larger fan base. Fair or unfair, that’s the way it works.

The 2017 Pro Bowl is being held in Orlando, Florida this year after being played the past several years in Hawaii. I personally like the idea of of a new location, but that’s just me.

Below are the Dallas Cowboys players that are the closest to being locks for the Pro Bowl.

2017 Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Players

Player Position Previous Pro Bowls
Tyron Smith OT 2013, 2014, 2015
Zack Martin G 2014, 2015
Travis Frederick C 2014, 2015
Ezekiel Elliott RB
Dak Prescott QB
Sean Lee OLB 2015
Dan Bailey K 2015
L. P. LaDouceur LS 2014

It should really come to no surprise that Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick  should once again be among the Dallas Cowboys to make a trip to Orlando for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

They are the reason that the Cowboys have such a dominant offensive line and all three of them are arguably the best players at their given positions.

Another no-brainer would be seeing Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott make their first Pro Bowl appearance. These two rookies have come in and helped lead the Cowboys offense to a 10 game winning streak, while also becoming some of the best players at their position.

Both Sean Lee and Dan Bailey to me should both be locks, but there is still some uncertainty there.

Sean Lee is listed as an outside linebacker on the Pro Bowl ballot, not an inside linebacker. So, he is competing with the likes of Von Miller and other pass rushers of his kind. It’s a little difficult to believe he will receive more votes, but he definitely deserves them based on the way he has been playing this season.

Dan Bailey on the other hand is one of the best kickers in the league, if not the best. Justin Tucker might be the only one that comes close to being better. I personally think Bailey should be a lock, but again it all depends on the voting.

L.P. LaDouceur is someone you might not have ever heard of. He is the long snapper for the Dallas Cowboys and is an afterthought because he is so consistent. I personally think he is the best at what he does in the entire NFL.

Who is on the fringe?

Not all players get recognized for the work they have done during the season and are left on the outside looking in when it comes to who makes the Pro Bowl or not.

I think the Dallas Cowboys have several players that fit into this category this year.

Jason what is no stranger to playing in the Pro Bowl, but unfortunately I see him on the outside looking in this year.

We have seen the game change and the receiving type tight end has gained in popularity. He could realistically still get voted in, but the odds are against him with players like Jordan Reed and Jimmy Graham likely to receive more votes.

Injuries and a slow start have hurt Dez Bryant’s chances to get voted in, but he is performing like one of the better receivers in the NFL once again. He could become an injury replacement, but I think we all hope he is playing in the Super Bowl instead.

Cole Beasley has been simply remarkable this season and is putting up numbers like a #1 receiver. It’s unlikely that he will receive the votes to get in, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them.

Ronald Leary wasn’t a starter when the season kicked off, but is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He is in his last year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys and an appearance in the Pro Bowl will definitely earn him a hefty contract in the off-season.

You may have noticed that there aren’t very many defensive players for the Cowboys outside of linebacker Sean Lee, but the one person playing at or near a Pro Bowl level is safety Byron Jones.

This is Jones’ first year as a full-time free safety and he is one of the reasons why the  Cowboys defense has performed better than anyone would have ever expected.

Jones isn’t a well-known name in the NFL just yet and even Dallas Cowboys fans might not really know the impact he has had on the defense, but given time they will.

Jeff Heath has been a good reserve a safety for the Dallas Cowboys, but he could possibly make the Pro Bowl as a special teams player. It’s an area of his game where he excels and one of the reasons why the organization signed him to a long-term contract.

Who are your Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl players?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with us who you think makes the Pro Bowl for the Dallas Cowboys.


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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie



Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.


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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.


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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job

Sean Martin



Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job 1

By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be.

Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success.

One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed.

Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason.

Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job

Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders.

Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson.

Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin.

Mike Solari and Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach.

Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches.

Goodberry on Twitter

Paul Alexander better be gone

Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88.

From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned.

He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position.

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Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin

Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track.

Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search.

Tell us what you think about “Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job” in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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