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3 Things The Cowboys Need to Clean up Before Next Season

As we know, Dallas has more than just three things they can clean up to make them a better football team, but I wanted to highlight some I took away from last season that could help them improve. 

First, the most obvious need for improvement is . Cowboys sat atop of the league last year in total flags.

According to NFL penalties, Dallas was flagged 168 times a season ago.

I am sure many would agree that this was the most frustrating thing to watch last season. The number of times opposing teams had a drive extended because of them became remarkable.

Dallas overcame most of those penalties throughout the regular season, but we saw a few of these that changed the outcome of the playoff matchup with the .

The and , the two teams featured in this past , were only flagged 218 times combined. Top to bottom, Dallas needs to be more disciplined and stop giving away free yards.

Secondly, according to team rankings, Dallas finished 20th in rushing a season ago. They surrendered 115.9 yards on the ground per game. The NFL is a passing league. Letting teams gash you running the football is not ideal.

If Dallas has one person I trust to make changes going into next year to slow some of these teams down, it is .

Lastly, find a rhythm that works. The Cowboys are going to have to fill the production of . By rhythm, I mean having an identity. I am going to point to for this one.

It felt like Moore went away from certain things that brought success on a game-by-game basis. Maybe because they saw something on film, but everyone knows the makeup of this football team. They have two very productive running backs waiting to open up the playbook. Both need to be involved every week.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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Question, are the overabundance of penalties a byproduct of insufficient coaching OR bad execution by the players on the field?


Good news: Connor Williams (17), La’el Collins (10), Randy Gregory (7), and Damontae Kazee (4) are all gone.

Bad news: Trevon Diggs (11), Tyler Biadasz (10), Tyron Smith (10), Terence Steele (8), Anthony Brown (5), Nashon Wright (5) and C.J. Goodwin (6) are all still here (for now) and Connor’s replacement has a history of penalties in college. Here’s hoping his former coach is right and most of those flags were because he was too dominant.

Even Micah Parsons was flagged 6 times (4ea offsides/neutral zone infraction, 1ea roughing the passer and 1ea horsecollar).

There were also 6 delay of game penalties, which are on the coaches and/or Dak.

When there are that many players with 5+ penalties, it points towards bad coaching and over matched players.

Stephen Gregory Abel

Called it like it is. Very good post. Doesn’t give a lot to be optimistic about until the players on the field stop with the penalties.

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