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Christmas Ruined After Cowboys’ Meltdown Against Seahawks?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys' Christmas Gift To Fans Is A Lump Of Coal

Christmas is supposed to be a time to celebrate with friends and family alike. Unfortunately, that celebration for Dallas Cowboys fans might have just taken a big hit after their meltdown in the afternoon matchup on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.

It was a matchup that had immense ramifications for the playoffs for both the Cowboys and the Seahawks. Unfortunately, the Seahawks playoff hopes are still alive, but the Cowboys season has ended in one of the most disappointing fashions. So disappointing in fact that it might just ruin Christmas for a lot of fans.

There was a lot of excitement heading into the game for Cowboys fans. Ezekiel Elliott was making his return after serving his six-game suspension, which was hopefully going to get the offense back on track. Plus, things were shaping up nicely after the early games for the Dallas Cowboys to make the playoffs.

The Cowboys needed the New Orleans Saints to beat the Atlanta Falcons, which they did rather easily. The Cowboys also needed the Detroit Lions to lose and the Cincinnati Bengals were able to help with that. All the Cowboys needed to do was to put more points on the board than the Seahawks to stay in playoff contention, but the offense couldn’t have chosen a worse time to become allergic to the end zone.

Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

I don’t know about you, but this game has put a bad taste in my mouth. In fact, I feel like telling everybody Bah Humbug instead of Merry Christmas. It’s a strange feeling for me, because I’m typically a glass half full kind of person. Forever the optimist you could say.

But, that’s just the way this season has seemed to go for the Dallas Cowboys. One instant they look like one of the better teams in the NFL, then the next look discombobulated and completely lost. Unfortunately, Dallas played like the team Cowboys fans have come to hate.

Trust me, the feeling is mutual. You shouldn’t be ashamed of how you probably feel right now about the Dallas Cowboys and their performance against the Seahawks. The Seahawks shouldn’t have won, but the Cowboys defeated themselves with poor decision-making and untimely turnovers. It’s a formula that more times than not ends in disaster.

The sad truth is the Seahawks ended the game with more penalty yards than they did with total yards on offense. And unfortunately, the Cowboys offense just weren’t able to capitalize on several trips into the red zone, instead having to settle for field goals. To make matters even worse, Dan Bailey wasn’t as automatic as he typically is.

So, even though we’re all probably angry right now, don’t let it spoil Christmas when you open your presents and discover you have been given the gift of Dallas Cowboys gear. We all just have to put this game and 2017 season behind us and hopefully focus on the positive things that happened this year. Successful or not, that’s what I’m going to try to do.

Did the Dallas Cowboys ruin your Christmas?

 

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Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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5 Comments
  • Russ_Te

    Bailey had at least one kickoff go to the back line of the endzone, so I don’t think the injury he had earlier in the year is affecting the leg strength. This is probably his worst jag since being a pro kicker, but he is so good I’m just hitting reset on him and assuming it goes away next year.

    Those misses down the stretch were important but not really why Dallas lost IMO. It’s Dak, Dez, Linehan, Byron Bell, all the factors everyone is citing. Bottom line: the Cowboy fan had to watch his offense implode at home against a gas bag opponent, with the playoffs at stake. Despite the turnovers Dallas had ample chances to win down the stretch. Instead, it got more inept as the game went on.

    I don’t see a way it’s defensible for Garrett. We have a right to declare yesterday’s product unacceptable, and Jones has to decide if he wants more of it while his years as GM grow fewer.

    If smart at all, he and Stephen are talking today to Josh McDaniels, who would not have delivered the hapless offense that Linehan & Garrett did yesterday.

  • Russ_Te

    Btw, Cooper Rush next week. Or does Garrett find a rationale why Dak needs to start a meaningless game, while Rush can use the reps…

    • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

      You play to win — always. We saw last year what playing in a so-called ‘meaningless” game and resting your starters can do.

      The Eagles won’t make that same mistake — neither should we.

  • TreFKennedy88

    This is my only time bringing up Romo. Romo made games worth watching either good or bad, you KNEW he’d do everything in his power to get us a W. In a must have, must win game what does Dak do?? Go 21-34 with a grand total of 182 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 ints. At least if you gonna lose go out in a blaze of glory but Dak can’t even do that right but he has more commercials than 300 yard games……..

    • Hector Espindola

      I totally agree!! Hope Dak adopts that philosophy, moreover when every Dallas QB has been made accountable of delivering W’s over any other statistic of performance.

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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

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.

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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