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A Real Test for Jerry

Bryson Treece

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Cowboys Blog - The Amazing Jerry Show

One thing that no one can deny is that Jerry Jones likes to shoot for the best.

  • Record setting stadium in my hometown of Arlington.
  • Most valuable sports franchise in the world.
  • Most well-known team in the league, in any city.

To name a few. He even goes after high-profile players with his check book flapping, all because he wants to bring in the best guys he can find to help his beloved team get a sixth Super Bowl banner hanging from the rafters. You can’t blame him for what he is trying to do; we’d all probably do the same thing for a while if were us in his shoes.

And Jerry really hasn’t had that long to experience his own influence on the team. He got lucky in the draft with the Trio of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. Not to mention players like Bill Bates, Jay Novacek, Leon Lett, Nate Newton, and big Larry Allen.

Add players like that with the coaching of Jimmy Johnson and you really don’t have a lot else to worry about as an Owner/President/GM. He was free to go wave the Cowboys flag in front of every media member that he could find, and they all listened because it’s America’s Team.

Since 1996 though, Jerry has been at the helm of more struggles than successes. He still finds a way to get the Cowboys in the headlines, but now there’s more to being the Owner of the Dallas Cowboys than just media publicity.

Now, he actually has to make tough decisions, and we’re all surprised that he tried to use his check book to buy talent? It’s the obvious choice, and judging from the Yankees, a good idea.

But football isn’t baseball. Football has far more rules, positions, duties, and player and position responsibilities than baseball. So buying talent is a bit different in this league.

So Pacman didn’t work out, it wasn’t a check book buy so it doesn’t really matter. The offensive line was a bust this year; maybe it’s a bad year for them. T.O. hasn’t been exactly what we hoped for, albeit much better than he could have been. Romo earned his contract and fluffed the first year out, just like ken Hamlin did, it’s hard to stay grounded on this team. Always has been.

And now Jerry Jones faces his biggest challenge yet; he must keep success alive in Dallas after losing what had been built up over the last few years.

This off-season should be a telling one for Mr. Jones. It’s the first time he’ll be solely responsible for what’s happening. It’s not a risky rebuilding situation, and it’s not resting on carried-over success. It’s about him putting the right pieces together, and making those pieces fit better than ever. It’s about learning from a mistake that he created; it’s about winning football games again.

He’s got the players that many other teams would kill for. He’s got a coaching staff that can lead the way, if only they will lead the way.

And now he’s got the opportunity to prove everybody either right or wrong. If he goes out this spring and signs the likes of Ray Lewis or Julius Peppers, or tries to go for Anquan Bolden if he gets out of his deal, then we’ll know that he’s still trying to buy a Super Bowl.

But if he does what he said he will do, if he changes, then we won’t be getting any flashy big-name players through free agency. We won’t dump money on players to keep them here, even if it means paying for twice the talent of what that player has. There will be more solid draft picks and better utilization of those young players in their rookie year.

If he stays true to his word, the word he gave during the Senior Bowl practices this week, then we fans have little to worry about.

Owens and Garrett won’t be a problem if Jerry changes. Wade won’t be a problem if Jerry changes. Romo won’t be a problem if Jerry changes. The question, and it’s a big one, is if Jerry changes. He’s got the guts, and if he can change, then we can all have that glory again in Dallas.

Dreams are nice aren’t they?

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” 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 Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie

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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

Kevin Brady

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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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