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Ray Lewis

After a season full of depressing rumors and poor performance, we finally heard a good rumor yesterday. Apparently the Dallas Cowboys have made it known that they plan on applying the full court press to acquire Ray Lewis! The story broke yesterday by the Baltimore sun you can read that story here!

I am sure as this story gains more momentum their will be plenty of stories out there claiming that this is just a move by Jerry to collect another “name” or that it is just Jerry at work again trying to make headlines. All of this may be true, but with the state that the Cowboys locker room is in right now, this one guy could do more for the mentality, and repairing of the locker room fracture than anyone currently employed by the Dallas Cowboys. So would it not be worth whatever it took to get that guy? I absolutely think it would!

Ray Lewis is a football player, that is all he knows, and that is all he wants to know! There is not another player in the league that plays the game with more energy, fierceness, and enthusiasm. From the moment this guy steps into the locker room he is all business! He does not allow his teammates to give excuses, and he holds them all accountable. Take a look at what I wrote again! Tell me one player on the Dallas Cowboys roster that can even pronounce those underlined words? You can stop looking because you will not find anyone!

All we heard, all year long from the individuals in the Cowboy locker room were excuses and a whole lot of he said, she said crap! Not one player stood up and said “it is not anyone’s fault but our own, we the player’s did not do our jobs!” Instead all we heard was “I am not getting the ball, when I get the ball things happen”, or “I don’t know what happened we just did not make the tackle” or “I don’t call the plays”. I would love to see someone talk that kind of garbage on a team that Ray Lewis was on.

The rumored offer that the Cowboys are willing to give is somewhere around 3 years and 27 to 30 million with 25 of it guaranteed. That is a big figure for a 34 year old linebacker. With that kind of guaranteed money the Cowboys would be taking a large risk.

I am tired of looking at stats and trying to determine whether someone would be a good statistical player for the Cowboys. This group of individuals on paper is the best team in the NFL and what has that gotten us? Absolutely nothing! It is now time to look at players from a different vantage point. How about we start looking for specific attributes? How about we start looking for players that bring things like enthusiasm, energy, fierceness, locker room presence, accountability, maybe one that does not make excuses, maybe even one who is all about business! Wow that would be a novel idea!

Through this entire article I have not mentioned one time about Ray Lewis’ actual football record. While everyone wants to say that the guy is on the downhill slide, I see quite a different picture. The picture I see, is one of a outstanding football player that is still as good as any other inside linebacker on the team currently. Here are some stats to prove my point!

The following stats are career averages of two 2008 Dallas Cowboy ILBs and Ray Lewis. Which one is Ray?

  Sacks P/Y  Int. P/Y  Pass Def.    FF   TKL.   Assists   Total Tkl
Player A     2.25   0.166     3.16   1   54.6      24      78.6
Player B     1.57    1.3     2.92   1.23   85.1      48.2    133.3
Player C     2.5    2.1     4.8   0.9   96.5      29.3    125.8

For those of you who said “Player A” you would be incorrect! Player A is none other than Bradie James.

For those who said “Player B” you also would be incorrect! Player B is Zach Thomas.

The correct answer is “Player C”!

Ray Lewis on an average is better than both of those players in almost every category! Now for those of you who will say things like “those are not good comparisons because of the length of Thomas and Lewis’ careers” look at this. The following stats are the average of the last 3 years of each player, this is the truest measure of each player. If you also remember the year that Zach Thomas led the NFL in tackles, that year is in these figures.

  Sacks P/Y  Int. P/Y   Pass Def.    FF    TKL.   Assists    Total Tkl
B. James      3.6    0.33     4.33   1.66     70     36.6    106.6
Z. Thomas      1.6    0.33     4.33   0.66     70     33.6    103.6
Ray Lewis      3.5     2.3     9.00   1.66     82.3     31    113.3

As you can see Ray Lewis can still play football! Will he play for another 10 years? Not a chance! Can he play 3 more seasons? Yes and at a high level! Ray Lewis is better than any other option we have on the current roster, and in many ways!

The signing of Ray Lewis would be one of the smartest moves Jerry Jones has ever made. It is time to get a voice for the locker room, other than the slime that is already in their! Some of you may disagree, and you have every right to! All I ask is that before you criticize, take a second and really think about it. Then let me know what you think!

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3 Comments
  • aj

    please dear god let us have this man,next we need a quaterback and and offensive line.

  • bags030404

    O line help and a veteran QB to push Mr.Simpson!

  • Pierce34

    I saw somewhere that a lot of people think he would head to the Jets,to play for his old D coordinator, before he would come to Dallas.

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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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 https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

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

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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.

Cowboys at Raiders: La'el Collins Faces Toughest Test Yet In Khalil Mack 1

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 Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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