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3 Things Cowboys Should Learn From the Super Bowl Champs

Brian Martin

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3 Things Cowboys Should Learn From the Super Bowl Champs

Like it or not Cowboys Nation, the Philadelphia Eagles are now the latest Super Bowl champions after their 41-33 victory of the New England Patriots. Despite a close game, things just fell the Eagles way. It's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of Dallas Cowboys fan, but swallow it we must.

Although I wasn't personally rooting for the Eagles, I'm not all that upset they were the Super Bowl victors. They've been one of the best teams in the entire NFL throughout the 2017 season and were able to overcome several obstacles placed in the way.

Now, I don't want to give the Eagles too much credit, because there were a few touchdown catches that probably should've been overturned. Luckily for the Eagles though, the officiating thought otherwise. We as Cowboys fans could only sit back and watch in disbelief plays that were oddly similar to the Dez Bryant "catch" against the Green Bay Packers a few seasons ago.

But, I'm not here to rehash what should've/could've been. I'm more focused on the Dallas Cowboys and what they can possibly learn from the now Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Continue to read below to see the three things I believe the Dallas Cowboys could learn from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Become more of an Aggressor

Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles

The Philadelphia Eagles had the mindset of being the aggressor against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and it ended up working in their favor. It was really no surprise because that's just the way the Eagles played the entire season.

Doug Pederson was aggressive all season with his play calling and didn't back down against the Patriots in the Super Bowl either. His fourth-down trick play touchdown pass to Nick Foles was proof of that and it was arguably the turning point of the game.

On the other side of the ball, Jim Schwartz operated an aggressive/attacking defense. The Eagles defense was one of the better units the entire season, and they eventually wore down the Patriots and started getting to Tom Brady.

The Dallas Cowboys could definitely adopt some of this aggressiveness in all phases of their game. They have been pretty simplistic and predictable on both offense and defense since Jason Garrett has taken over as head coach. It might be time to take a page out of the Eagles book and incorporate it in Dallas.

This also spills over into the Cowboys approach in free agency. They need to be more aggressive going after free agents who can actually contribute to the team. They can't continue to sign players who don't even make it through the season.

Adequate Roster Depth is a Must

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

One of the most important things the Dallas Cowboys could have possibly learned from the Philadelphia Eagles is how important roster depth is in order to overcome injuries.

The Cowboys 2017 season was pretty much derailed when some of their key players were out due to injuries. They didn't have an adequate replacement in place for Tyron Smith, which caused a breakdown in protection and it had a ripple effect throughout the offense. The same can be said for Sean Lee as well.

The Eagles however were able to overcome injuries to quite a few of their key players and not have it affect them negatively. They lost their starting left tackle (Jason Peters), starting linebacker (Jordan Hicks), and their franchise quarterback (Carson Wentz) and didn't really skip a beat.

The Dallas Cowboys absolutely have to do a better job of addressing their depth, especially at key positions. It's unfathomable to think that injuries to just a few players can derail an entire season, but that's what happened. It can't continue!

Play Calling Should Highlight Strengths of QB

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys play calling was obviously an issue this last season. It was still pretty much the same offense Tony Romo operated, with a few run/pass options (RPOs) thrown in here and there. This is something that absolutely needs to be addressed this off-season.

Doug Pederson did a masterful job playing to Carson Wentz's strengths in 2017 and it was one of the reasons he was in the MVP discussion prior to his injury. Pederson incorporated a lot of RPOs and even added a few of Wentz's favorite plays he liked from college. He did the same thing once Nick Foles took over.

The Cowboys need to follow suit and do the same thing with Dak Prescott going forward. They need to get back to the drawing board and sit down with #4 to figure out what he likes and what he doesn't.

I think it should look much more like a college style offense where they spread things out and run a lot more RPOs, while still relying heavily on the running game. Prescott is at his best when he is throwing on the run and using his legs. That hopefully means moving the pocket much more in 2018.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys will learn anything from the Super Bowl champs?


Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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14 Comments
  • William Pep Hatcher

    I hope that they sign Jarvis Landry and draft two speed WR’s and a Speed TE. It’s rd must be a DT and second rd must be an OG.

    • Brian Martin

      I think there is a 0% chance they sign Jarvis Landry. They already have more than enough slot WRs. I kinda doubt they draft a TE either. As far as a speed WR, DJ Chark is on my wish list for the Cowboys. I can also see them drafting a DT or OG/OT in the first couple of rounds.

      • William Pep Hatcher

        We have to sign Jarvis Landry if we are to be Dak Friendly. He’s a great route runner that knows how to make the smart read. Dez has to go because we can’t afford both. Witten should be TE asst coach but he is too slow to continue to start. Swarm and RICO should be the first options to replace Witten. He can go get sized for his gold jacket.The TE from Penn State should be available in the third as long as we don’t use it to trade up in the first or second round.

        • Brian Martin

          Dez isn’t going anywhere this year. The Cowboys will likely draft a WR, but no chance Landry ends up in Dallas. 82 will also remain the starter because there’s nobody to challenge him. Swaim and Gathers simply aren’t good enough. I’m not even sure the Cowboys coaching staff trusts Gathers. There are several TEs in this draft class who could eventually replace Witten.

  • Hector Espindola

    I think the play calling would be adjusted, but anything so far to be labeled as “aggresive”, It is not in the nature of our OC. However, I believe firstly it would be “friendly” for Dak, in order to rebuild his confidence. And talking on roster depth, I doubt any splash signing at FA, they will keep buiding from the draft. My wish list says: 1st round OG Isaiah Wynn, 2nd DT Da’Ron Payne and 3rd WR DJ Chark.

    • Brian Martin

      I doubt we have any splash FA signings either, but they definitely have to do a better job of signing players who can actually contribute. Also, your wish list looks pretty much like mine. I would absolutely be on board if that’s the way the first three rounds turn out for the Cowboys.

      • Hector Espindola

        Hope the team can have an outstanding draft (with or without trades). The needs are pretty much clear.

  • Hobbes49

    I agree with all three of those things. It was easy to see the difference between the ‘Boys and the Eagles through this playoff season. The Eagles covered every player loss adequately, made great in game adjustments, and were aggressive start to finish. We have the roster for the most part to maintain that aggressive nature, we need to stock the roster and get Dak friendly quickly.

    • Brian Martin

      I think the roster is already “Dak friendly”, the playcalling just needs to help him more. They are pretty much operating the same system is when Tony Romo was QB. Need to play to Prescott strengths more moving forward.

      • Hobbes49

        That’s fair, maybe what I should have said is the offensive play calling and diagramming needs to be more suited to Dak.

  • William Pep Hatcher

    The Eagles free agent signings made plays in the Super Bowl. If we refuse to utilize free agency as an additional option to get better then we won’t be able to catch the Eagles.

    • Brian Martin

      The Cowboys definitely need to do a better job bringing in FAs who can contribute. But, they don’t have to necessarily break the bank to do it. They need to find that happy medium.

  • William Pep Hatcher

    We lack speed at the TE, we lack speed at WR and we lack speed in the slot with our starters. I don’t see how you win a Super Bowl like that.

    • Brian Martin

      Unfortunately, that’s just the way things are right now. We will have to wait and see what they do in free agency and the draft. But, adding speed doesn’t necessarily correlate with winning the Super Bowl. With the exception of TE, the Eagles don’t have a lot of speed on offense.

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Should Gregory’s Potential Reinstatement Alter Cowboys Draft Plan?

Sean Martin

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Cowboys en Español: Buenas Noticias para Jaylon Smith, ¿Fin de Randy Gregory?, ¿Adiós a Lucky Whitehead?

A lot has happened with the Dallas Cowboys roster in a short period of time leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Just four days away now, the Cowboys are still adjusting to life without Dez Bryant, and may be preparing to welcome back Randy Gregory this season.

After months of speculation about the Cowboys' exiled pass rusher turning his life around for the better, the end result may be Gregory triumphantly returning to the field and filling a considerable position of need in Dallas.

Through Gregory's numerous absences from the Cowboys, the team has searched for temporary fixes at his right defensive end spot until drafting Taco Charlton in the first round last year. In his rookie season, Charlton looked much better at left end behind DeMarcus Lawrence than he ever did rushing against left tackles.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

ALERT: Sources offer me very positive reports on #Cowboys DE @RandyGregory_4 coming bid for NFL reinstatement, as @BobbyBeltTX also notes. Randy Gregory has a chance to be a terrific story.

Randy Gregory can beat left tackles with speed and bend, but also has more career suspensions than he does sacks. Finding another defensive end with these traits in the draft could put the Cowboys defensive line over the top, but doing so with this year's class could cost them a pick better spent elsewhere.

Of course, this will be the case if Gregory does complete a comeback that the Cowboys have been understandably quiet about until recently. Stephen Jones has said the plan for Gregory is to apply for reinstatement following the draft.

The Cowboys "smart" approach of rebuilding their front four on defense as if Gregory would never see the field again has yielded them plenty of success - at all but the spot Gregory would line up at. DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Maliek Collins, and Taco Charlton should all inspire hope for this unit in 2018.

This is more than we were ever able to say about forgotten defenders like Benson Mayowa, who remains a free agent RDE.

Sean's Scout: Cowboys Can Fix RDE Problems with BC's Harold Landry

The same can be said about prospects like Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport. At this point though, it feels like a priority draft pick spent at DE is a sudden sign of nervousness about Randy Gregory's return by the Cowboys.

This team has plenty of depth to deploy Rod Marinelli's patented "waves" of pass rushers, finally entering a season with an elite talent at DE too. The opportunity to have DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory attack opposing quarterbacks from opposite sides is a reality the Cowboys are prepared to work towards.

They should do so looking elsewhere early in the draft, coming back to defensive end if a developmental player they like falls.

Tell us what you think about "Should Gregory’s Potential Reinstatement Alter Cowboys Draft Plan?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys Quarterback is playing Moneyball

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Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott?

A Fully Focused Ezekiel Elliott can Carry the Cowboys into 2018 PlayoffsMoney talks, and no one talks louder than the Dallas Cowboys. It’s hard to find a more affordable Pro Bowl player than Dak Prescott. A former fourth-round pick from Mississippi State, Prescott is only scheduled to make around $680,000 in 2018. It’s only his third year, but it may be his most important when it comes to his future with the Cowboys.

When a team drafts its franchise quarterback, they usually only get about two seasons to prove they’re "the guy."

Every year, teams draft someone, usually in the first round, with hopes that he'll be their sought after franchise quarterback. However, by being drafted so high, there’s little margin for error afforded to them.

In Dak Prescott’s case, being drafted outside the first round, he wasn’t expected to contribute near as much in his first two seasons as he has. A day-one starter for the then injured Tony Romo gave him his opportunity and he has made the most of it.

In two seasons, Dak Prescott has a 22-10 record, made the playoffs and Pro Bowl, completed 65.2% of his passes and has added a new dimension in the Cowboys offense thanks to his mobility in and out of the pocket. However, I wouldn’t be the first to tell you that his year two wasn’t as good as his year one was. Prescott lost four more games, completed fewer passes and more interceptions in year two.

To be fair, some of his issues attributed to the injury of Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and many of his receivers dropping more passes than we’ve previously seen. These issues will have to be cleaned up not only for the team, but for Dak Prescott’s future.

According to Spotrac.com, Dak Prescott’s market value today is around $25 million a year, which would make him among the most paid players in the league. In comparison, Kirk Cousins will be paid the most in the league at $28 million this year, while Aaron Rodgers will make $22 million.

So, the Cowboys quarterback's market value is among the best in the league.

Cowboys fans everywhere are rooting for him to succeed but year three will be crucial. If he can improve on his play from a year ago and keep winning games, he would likely see his extension happen sometime around his fourth season.

People have already seen Prescott at his highs and lows. Going into 2018 with a new receiving core, the return of Ezekiel Elliott and a new left guard will get rid of any excuses.

If Dak Prescott really is who he believes he is, and who fans know he can be, then the Cowboys have their quarterback. If not, then the search will continue.

Prescott should be plenty motivated to be the Cowboys quarterback for the present and the future. Also, he should be motivated by how much money he could get it.

It is a game, but it’s still a business. And C.R.E.A.M.


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Cowboys Expected to Pick Up Byron Jones’ Fifth-Year Option

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Film Room: Cowboys DB Byron Jones Is A Vital Piece To A Rebuilt Defense

2018 should be a huge year for the Cowboys' 2015 first-round pick Bryon Jones. After being used all over the secondary, it seems like he'll finally find a position to stay next season. The announcement was made that heading into his contract year, Jones would be moved to the cornerback position full-time.

Fortunately for him, the Cowboys are now expected to pick up his fifth-year option. This may come as a surprise for Cowboys Nation, given there haven't been any hints by the franchise to do so. However, it definitely will be a wise decision.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys are expected to pick up the fifth-year option for Byron Jones, source said. That should give him $6.17M salary for 2019, one that is guaranteed for injury. The 2015 first-round pick should benefit from a full-time move to corner.

Since he played most of his snaps as a safety in 2017 (his third year in the league), Byron's fifth-option will be less expensive than one from a cornerback. This is obviously good news for the front office since it means more cap space will be available in 2019.

Hopefully, Byron finds success under the new secondary coach in Dallas, Kris Richard. With him moving to cornerback full-time, we might just see his incredible athleticism translate into consistent impact on the field.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Byron Jones said ever since Kris Richard was hired as the Cowboys' new DBs coach he talked about moving Byron back to CB. "I think it will be a good move for me and the team.

Jones has a ton of talent but bouncing from one position to another is not good for player progression. Heck, we talk about how hard it is for many talented prospects to come into the NFL and adapt, now imagine a player who's played in different spots in the secondary all through his first three years.

If #31 becomes a quality starting cornerback in 2018, the CB room will be loaded in Dallas.

Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis showed us they could become the next great CB duo for the Cowboys in their rookie seasons. Anthony Brown had a rough 2017, but can still play at a decent level if he's not asked to be CB1.

Add Byron Jones to the mix, and Cowboys Nation should be really comfortable with how this position will look next season.

Picking Byron's fifth-year option will be a wise decision for Dallas, and Cowboys fans should be happy about it. Let's go!

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Expected to Pick Up Byron Jones’ Fifth-Year Option" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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