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A New Head Coach In Dallas

Bryson Treece



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 MSchmidt64 is the author, and you can also find him over at Here's a piece of his article followed by a link to check out the whole thing.



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 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Mike

    I love it.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Game Notes

SEA 24, DAL 13: Cowboys Offensive Woes Continue

Jess Haynie



Ezekiel Elliott, Connor Williams, Seahawks
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Inefficient passing and turnovers cost the Dallas Cowboys today, leading to a 24-13 loss to the previously winless Seahawks in Seattle.

Dallas's offense produced just a single field goal by halftime, with Dak Prescott only completing two of his first nine passes for just four yards. He got better as the game went on, but still finished with just 168 passing yards and a single touchdown.

The box score will say Prescott threw two interceptions, but one was a bobbled catch by Michael Gallup. The other was not a good throw, trying to find Blake Jarwin in traffic. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner went up and caused a tipped ball.

Both picks ended up in the hands, and ankle, of Seattle safety Earl Thomas. He drew a taunting penalty for bowing at the Dallas sideline on his second INT, almost as if mocking the team for not giving up enough to trade for him.

Ezekiel Elliott did have a big day on the ground; 127 yards on just 16 carries. It's his first 100-yard game of 2018. But the fact Dallas couldn't capitalize on Zeke's production was just further indication of their offensive dysfunction.

Hurry home, Travis Frederick. Who knew you were our Offensive MVP?

Other Notes

  • While Zeke did have a strong rushing performance, two critical errors were big parts of the Cowboys' loss. An early TD catch was called back because Zeke stepped out of bounds before making the reception. Also, Elliott's fumble in the 4th quarter squandered a strong drive that could have started Dallas' comeback attempt sooner.
  • Dallas' defense looked good early but clearly wore down over time. Seattle RB Chris Carson ground out 102 rushing yards on 32 carries. Russell Wilson took advantage of some miscues in the secondary for two touchdown passes and 192 passing yards.
  • Tyrone Crawford got called for another bogus "roughing the passer" penalty after a clean hit on Wilson early in the game. The NFL has to get this figured out, because it's becoming a bigger eyesore for the league than any amount of kneeling ever did.
  • Tavon Austin got his second touchdown catch this year, the only Cowboy to record a receiving TD so far this year. Tight end Geoff Swaim had five catches for 47 yards, reminding the world that Dallas actually has TEs on their roster.
  • Speaking of which, as Troy Aikman commented on during the game, Rico Gathers was not used in redzone passing situations. Why is Gathers dressing for games and not being utilized in the one situation where he's not a liability?
  • Sean Lee left the game after reaggravating the hamstring injury he suffered last week. It meant more playing time for first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch, who reminded you of Lee with how he was getting to the ball. Both finished the game credited with 11 tackles each.
  • Rookie guard Connor Williams continues to struggle when up against powerful defensive tackles. It's not a surprise for a converted college tackle, but growing pains still cost you on game day. Dallas may have to consider starting Joe Looney at guard once Travis Frederick comes back.
  • Kicker Brett Maher went 2/2 today on field goals, including a 50-yarder. He has hit four straight after missing his one attempt against Carolina in Week 1.
  • The rest of the NFC East won their games today. That puts Philly and Washington at 2-1 and now evens up the Cowboys and Giants at 1-2.
  • Dallas returns home next week to host the Detroit Lions, who are currently 0-2. They play the Patriots tonight.

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Why The Seahawks Will Be Looking Into A Mirror Against The Cowboys Sunday

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals 1
AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

For the better part of the last decade one defense has reigned supreme over the NFC. One defense has continually put their offense and team in position to win big games, including a dominant Super Bowl win over one of the more productive offenses in recent memory.

That defense, of course, belonged to the Seattle Seahawks.

With a secondary deemed as the "Legion of Boom" and a defensive line which rotated through Pro Bowl level talent routinely, the Seahawks bolstered one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen. A defense which perfectly complimented the physical, run first philosophy their offense lived by.

Players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, and Bobby Wagner will arguably be Hall of Famers one day, and they wreaked havoc on the conference for a strong 3-5 year stretch.

Now, however, things are changing.

Gone are many of the elite players which once bolstered the Seattle defense to top-tier status, and while some big names remain, the talent level simply isn't the same. The Seahawks missed the postseason a year ago, and now sit at 0-2 before their home opener today against the Cowboys.

Their window looks to be closed, while their opponent today is looking to build their defense (and team) in the mold of what once was in Seattle.

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard has come to Dallas and brought with him a more aggressive defensive philosophy, one which he deployed successfully with the Seahawks. Under Richard the Cowboys are blitzing more often on third down than they have in the past under Rod Marinelli, they're utilizing more single high safety looks, and they are allowing their long and talented corners to do what they do best in coverage.

The Seahawks once leaned on a deep pass rush and long, physical secondary. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

The Seahawks once leaned on a mobile quarterback to make plays with his feet while relying on a strong running game and one of the league's best backs. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie look like they were molded in a 2013-Seahawks lab as cornerbacks, and DeMarcus Lawrence is as productive as any pass rusher those defenses had. Of course, we aren't able to say the Cowboys have the consistent front four depth that those Seattle teams did or that they have the single high safety of Earl Thomas' caliber, but the preliminary pieces are clearly in place.

Today the Cowboys look to improve to 2-1 with a conference road win. But, they also look to bury the Seahawks in the past and take another step towards cementing themselves as one of the elite defenses in the NFC.

It won't happen over night, but anyone can see that the potential is there.

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Player News

Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Sean Martin



Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for Datone Jones to earn his spot among the "Hot Boyz". The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine sacks through two games.

Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that Rod Marinelli can get the most out of.

Returning from a knee injury himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with Antwaun Woods doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of Cam Newton by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

John Owning on Twitter

Guessing that means no Irving, I'd say Tyrone Crawford then Antwaun Woods. I have high hopes for Datone Jones once he returns though.

A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return David Irving from suspension to play all over their defensive line - his best position also being at three technique.

Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of Kris Richard along with strong edge play from Taco Charlton and rookie Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing Russell Wilson. Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks offense, something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory also work with favorable match ups at defensive end.

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