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A New Head Coach In Dallas

Bryson Treece

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With the latest and shameful coming out of Valley Ranch this week, it makes sense finally to put some of these pieces into place for next season. One of my favorite speculations at this point is coming from www.CowboysFanRebellion.com. MSchmidt64 is the author, and you can also find him over at www.DallasCowboysCentral.com. Here’s a piece of his article followed by a link to check out the whole thing.

 

COWBOYS TO HAVE NEW HEAD COACH IN ‘09

Many of the more level-headed among us had a feeling that this team wouldn’t open up Yet-To-Be-Decided-Corporate-Sponsor Stadium with Wade Phillips at the helm. Or at least, that’s what we hoped.

Come on. Wade Phillips? A head coach who has never won a playoff game in his long, long, NFL career? A man who has just presided over quite possibly one of the most embarrassing seasons ever for your Dallas Cowboys? A character who, in terms of the always important marketability angle, is more likely to cause fans to part with their hard earned dollars for a multitude of various prescription and non-prescription drugs as opposed to personal seat licenses?

So it was no real surprise when I logged onto the interweb recently and found out, officially, that he’s no longer running the show. Sure, there had been evidence before. Hints dropped here and there. But now we know for sure. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Head Coach for the 2009 Dallas Cowboys will be…. Jerry Jones.

Head Coach Jerry Jones. To be honest, I wanted to come up with a catchier moniker for the old-new big man, one that would appropriately characterize his role as Owner/General Manager/Head Coach/Team Physician/Quality Control/Character Consultant for the organization. But with “slash” already taken by Kordell Stewart, and “solidus,” while appropriately sinister, sounding more like one of the Transformers, I’m just not creative enough to do better (aside: work in Jerry Jones reconstructive face surgery angle here? Take this down). Maybe Jerry/Jones? Ehh.

So Head Coach Jones it is. And why not?

  • He already decides what schemes we’ll run (Was Phillips the best coach available? Or the best 3-4 coach available?).
  • He already decides if players are being utilized correctly.
  • He’s already refused to bring in much needed help for former head coach Wade Phillips, and, in refusing to hire him a Defensive Coordinator, essentially relegated him to that role.
  • He already sets the fines for players who break team rules.
  • He’s already the guy that players go to when they have complaints about other coaches or players.
  • He’s already the guy that gives pre- and post-game pep talks in the locker room and on the sidelines.
  • He’s already the guy that looks at the X-Rays on injured players.
  • He already sits next to Wade during Press Conferences and probably has provided him with note cards with what he’s supposed to talk about on them.

 

You can see the full article and comment on it by going to www.CowboysFanRebellion.com. While you’re there take a minute and sign the petition to have Jerry Jones hire a real GM. We’re really starting to gain some support, so you won’t be alone. Sign The Petition.

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6 Comments
  • Shaun Wellman

    Head coach Jerry! Come on man.

    This is complete conjecture based on the opinions of a pissed off fan.

    Dont get me wrong now, at this point in time we are all pissed off fans. Of course that is to be expected after this seasons flop.

    There was so much hype surrounding this team being the champion-elect that after the season was over we needed to know why. Those of us hardcore fans that live and die with this team cant understand how it all went wrong. We are all left with a big hole in our hearts and we are fillig that hole up with anger. We want and need answers. We want to know who is to blame. We want to know who it is that needs to be strung up and made example of, so that this never happens again. We are ready to form a Lynch Mob.

    There are several news sources that are rushing around like idiots to give us those answers, but they cannot be relied upon to tell us, because they dont know either. Is it T.O., or Romo & Witten drawing up plays in the dirt? Is it the Roy Williams trade? Is it Wade being too soft with the team? Is it that Garrett forgot how to call an offense? What about the up and down defense? Is Jerry micromanaging the team and trying to be the coach?

    The list of things that the media would have us think are the cause of this teams downfall goes on and on.

    The fact is that in the end, none of that shit matterrs. The fact is that bottom line, from the owner to the towel boy, and from the starting Q.B. to the last reserve player on the practice squad, the entire organization did not get the job done. Everyone should have done a better job and they did’nt.

    Thats why they failed this year. They were not men enough to step up and be the team that the media and all of us fans thought they had become.

    You can’t blame all this shit on Jerry Jones. It’s the easiest thing to do, but making him the scapegoat for everything that is fundamentaly wrong with this team is obsurd. We as fans of the Dallas Cowboys are supposed to be better than that.

    There is no scapegoat. It is up to us all to decide why we think it happened, and then move on and get ready for next year. Along the way watch for news that indicates they are doing things to correct the problems that you each think they have, and then start to get your confidence up that this team is headed in the right direction for next season.

    That really is all we can do as fans.

    Signing some petition isn’t going to accomplish anything except to show the world that we really only support our team in name only, and I think that would be shameful.

    It’s almost march. They just conducted the NFL combine. Draft day is just around the corner. Mini camps are just after that, then O.T.A.s and training camp, then BANG! the season starts.

    I know last year hurt more than most, but after it is all said and done it is still just last year.

    A team is more than just the palyers, coaches, and personel. Fans are a part of the team too.

    Get ready to strap your fanshit on, because after this off-season is over the team is going to need us more than any other year in recent history. And when I say need, I mean really Fuckin NEED us this year. Lets get off their backs and get the fuck on their side. Let’s be the best fans in the NFL again. Let’s stand together with our team and present a unified fucking front to the world!

    Then we will know as fans that we are doing our Goddamn part.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Well it’s nice to see that you are so fired up about it, I do however wish you would check things out a little bit better first.

    You’ve been reading my articles, right? And apparently you enjoy reading them or you wouldn’t continue to do so. Then you know that I’ve been all over the place with talk about why last year sucked, and that’s because the reasons for it are all over the place. I can only think of maybe 10 guys that didn’t have anything to do with it, but even they maybe didn’t do enough to help their fellow players.

    You say this is just conjecture from a pissed off fan, and you are absolutely right, but since when is something being conjecture the same as being wrong?

    Jerry Jones isn’t being targeted as he is by the fans because of last year, that was just another year. Another year where he exemplified the logic behind articles like the one I shared with you above. Another year where his contribution to the team, as GM, was more negative than good. Another year in which he demonstrated is lack of football knowledge.

    Nobody is saying that Jerry Jones is the reason last year sucked, the team sucked, no body executed the plays consistently and a lot of the time some of the coaches were obviously involved in that. Who put the coaches there? Who lets the players act like kings? Who’s words get twisted the most by the media? Who has been making mistakes for a dozen years now with this team?

    Point is that with all but two other teams in the NFL, fans at least get the comfort of knowing that if someone isn’t doing their job, they’ll be replaced. That includes the GM most of the time, but not in Dallas. No, instead we have a man that likes to be in control, and went so far as to fire a coach that had just finished giving him two Super Bowls in a row. I’d say Jerry Jones is the only reason that we didn’t get the third in a row because he changed the Head Coach. The team was still good enough since we went the following year after that, but had the same coach stayed for the 94 season as well, there would have been less adjustments. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Jerry’s blame is for many years, not just last year.

    Now as for the petition, you don’t really think that we expect it to work do you? We’re just trying to make enough noise so that maybe Jerry will get wind of it and think, “Damn, a lot of people think I suck as a GM, wonder if they’re on to something …”

    Planting the seed at a level beyond that of what his own employees can do, or his own family and friends, that’s the point. Opening his eyes to some of the Al Davis like things that he does each year could possibly instill a meaningful change in how he handles his duties as GM. Best case scenario is that he’ll hire a new GM, a guy that knows more about football than anything else.

    It’s not like this team … our effort still counts even if we don’t win.

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig

    Bravo, Bryson. This this thing is catching hold, and if we can ever get the Dallas media to put it out there, it will spread like a wildfire.

    Craig

    http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com

  • http://www.firejerryjones.com Mike

    I love it.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Yeah, I liked Hannah better too after seeing him last preseason … I was actually disappointed that they put him on the practice squad.

    But they’ve said it before, Bennett and Witten are both better at catching the ball than blocking for it, while Curtis is a much better clocker than receiver. Hannah is the same as Bennett and Witten.

    I’m not saying that I agree with the choice on Curtis, but I do think it’s the one they’ll make.

    You should check out the forum Nate, we can get more into the details over there.

    http://www.cowboysnation.net/forum/

  • nate

    this has nothing to do with this post, but i just saw you post a commenton dmnews that the cowboys should keep tony curtis because he is a better blocker than bennett. i have to disagree. i say let him go and keep our exclusive rights free agent rodney hannah whom the coaches believe has the better upside. he looked great in preseason. give em a shot!

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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

Sean Martin

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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.

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

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Cowboys Defensive Back Questions Still Need Answers

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Byron Jones
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The Dallas Cowboys defense took a step forward in 2017, and in the process they answered several questions. They found a “war daddy” in DeMarcus Lawrence, something that’s been missing since DeMarcus Ware left for the Denver Broncos. Lawrence finished tied for second with Calais Campbell in sacks with 14.5, and made the NFL All-Pro Second Team.

We got to see Jaylon Smith answer questions about his health all season long. Smith appears to be trending in the right direction, both in his health and his performance on the field.

The plan to rebuild the secondary seems to be on the right track as they’ve found a couple of aggressive corners in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. They have the look of a dynamic duo that will be impact players on this team for a long, long time.

Kavon Frazier has been a revelation. The thumper at the safety position is something that’s been missing for the Dallas Cowboys since Roy Williams.

However, questions still remain about a defense that carried this team at times, and looked like the Rob Ryan and Monte Kiffin defenses of yesteryear at other times.

To me the biggest questions in the secondary revolve around Byron Jones and Xavier Woods.

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Dallas Cowboys S Byron Jones (James D. Smith via AP)

Where do Byron Jones and Xavier Woods Fit?

Byron Jones has been a popular whipping boy for Cowboys Nation. Some of that has been accurate, but he’s not as bad as social media would have you believe.

He’s been sticky in coverage, especially against tight ends, throughout his career, but in 2017 it seemed like he was shying away from tackling a bit too much. He still has that tremendous athleticism and coverage ability that warranted a first-round pick, but the question remains: What is his best position?

After playing where needed his rookie season, the Cowboys coaching staff moved him to safety for the last couple of years with mixed results.

As stated, he’s been pretty good in coverage and made some incredible plays on the ball, even if he’s lacking the interception numbers. The problem comes, in my opinion, when he’s asked to make tackles in space, which is an important aspect of being a safety.

Many have begun to wonder if Dallas would be best served moving Jones back to corner.

As a cornerback, Jones would be able to use his athleticism and coverage skills against the bigger wide receivers in the league, but not be asked to make as many tackles in the middle of the field against running backs and tight ends.

They can still bring him in against some of the better tight ends in the league. We already know the Cowboys will face Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins, and Evan Engram of the New York Giants for a total of six games in 2018.

Dallas will also face the likes of Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Alshon Jeffrey and Marvin Jones, who are bigger more athletic wide receivers who could require a man of Byron’s skill.

It will be interesting to see what they do with Byron this offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB/S Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The same question applies to Xavier Woods, but not because he struggled. He was actually quite good as the slot corner throughout much of his rookie season.

Woods primarily played safety in his time at Louisiana Tech, and showed an ability to be the deep middle safety. Because of injuries to the cornerback group, Woods lined up as the slot corner for a lot of his snaps.

He played well there for Dallas, leaving many to wonder if he hasn’t earned the role of third cornerback. That may be a good fit, but it’s not typical to see a guy who was primarily a safety in college become a corner in the NFL.

I’d rather see him as a full-time safety.

With Woods at safety, Dallas can stay in their base defense when teams go to three wide receiver formations, especially on early downs or in situations where a run is just as likely. He can drop down from the safety spot to play in the slot, if — and it’s a big if — you trust your single-high safety.

Woods’ ability to cover in the slot allows you to stay competitive against the run, which was a struggle for Dallas.

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We’ve seen how the yo-yo game between positions can affect a player’s technique and mentality. Chaz Green wasn’t the same player in 2017 when asked to prepare as both a guard and a tackle, as opposed to 2016 when he strictly played tackle.

In my opinion, it would be to the Dallas Cowboys interest to move Byron Jones back to cornerback full-time, and move Woods to safety.

When you decide to go to your nickel package, Chidobe Awuzie and Jones play the outside with Jourdan Lewis moving to the middle. Or you bring Jones in to cover the tight end, leave Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, and drop Woods into the slot and play cover 1.

What do you think?

Where do Byron Jones and Xavier Woods fit best on this team?

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