The NFL is the land of parity.
We've seen teams with the Number One Overall Pick in the Draft make the playoffs that year. We've seen Head Coaches win the Super Bowl in their first year with that franchise. It seems like every year a team goes from last place in their Division to winning it the next year. In the National Football League, literally anything is possible.
It's that word - parity - that makes the NFL what it is. People get bored with the NBA and MLB because it's the same teams dominating every season. If you're not one of them, you're out of luck. Womp womp. Not in the NFL, though.
One of the coolest things that comes out every season is the NFL Circle of Parity. It's a circle that illustrates how Team A beat Team B and Team B beat Team C, so on and so forth. A circle can be drawn to connect it all together.
In the spirit of this circle of life (also the name of the greatest Disney song ever), I wanted to see how the 2016 Dallas Cowboys are connected to every team in the NFL. Players change teams, coaches change teams, players have family on other teams... somehow, someway everyone is connected.
Here's how our Cowboys are connected to every team in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys: Duh.
New York Giants: Head Coach Jason Garrett played for the New York Giants in 2000.
Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive Tackle Cedric Thornton was drafted by the Eagles in 2012 and played for them through 2015 before signing with the Cowboys this offseason.
Chicago Bears: Assistant Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo played for the Bears from 2002-2005.
Detroit Lions: Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli served as the Head Coach of the Lions from 2006-2008, and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Lions from 2009-2013.
Green Bay Packers: Assistant Secondary Coach Joe Baker coached the Green Bay secondary/safeties in 2005.
Minnesota Vikings: Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Vikings Offensive Coordinator from 2002-2004.
Atlanta Falcons: Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson played for the Falcons in 1992.
Carolina Panthers: Defensive Tackle Terrell McClain was drafted by Carolina in 2011.
New Orleans Saints: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brett Bech was a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints from 1996-1999.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia coached in Tampa Bay (with a variety of responsibilities) from 2002-2010.
Arizona Cardinals: Senior Offensive Assistant Steve Loney was the Arizona Offensive Line Coach in 2006.
Los Angeles Rams: Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Head Coach of the Rams, at the time in St. Louis, from 2006-2008.
San Francisco 49ers: Offensive Lineman Joe Looney was drafted by the 49ers in 2012.
Seattle Seahawks: Defensive End Benson Mayowa signed with the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2013.
Buffalo Bills: Offensive Assistant Stephen Brown served as the Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant for Buffalo from 2013-2014.
Miami Dolphins: Head Coach Jason Garrett began his NFL coaching career as the Quarterbacks Coach for the Dolphins, a position he held through 2006 before being named the Offensive Coordinator of the Cowboys in 2007.
New England Patriots: Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik served in the same role with the Patriots from 2000-2010.
New York Jets: Cornerback Josh Thomas played one game for the Jets in 2014.
Baltimore Ravens: Troubled Linebacker Rolando McClain spent the 2013 season, technically, as a member of the Ravens roster.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tight Ends Coach Mike Pope coached the tight ends and served as Offensive Coordinator for the Bengals from 1992-1993.
Cleveland Browns: Passing Game Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus coached the Cleveland linebackers from 2009-2010.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide Receiver Devin Street hails from the University of Pittsburgh. The Pitt Panthers share a training facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Houston Texans: Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack served as the Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Texans from 2007-2011.
Indianapolis Colts: Linebacker Henoc Muamba spent the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Linebacker Justin Durant was drafted in by Jacksonville in the 2nd Round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Tennessee Titans: Offensive Lineman Joe Looney played for the Titans in 2015.
Denver Broncos: Defensive Tackles Coach Leon Lett played for the Denver Broncos in 2001.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Brandon Carr was drafted by the Chiefs in 2008 and played for them through 2011 before signing with the Dallas Cowboys as a Free Agent in 2012.
Oakland Raiders: Wide Receiver Brice Butler was drafted by the Raiders in 2013 and was traded to the Cowboys during the 2015 season.
San Diego Chargers: Linebacker Andrew Gachkar was drafted by the Chargers in 2011 and played for them through 2014 until he signed with the Dallas Cowboys last offseason.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder
The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.
Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation
Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.
He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.
As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.
It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.
- TE Jason Witten (unretired)
- TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
- DT Christian Covington (Texans)
The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.
Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.
Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.
- WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
- TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
- DL David Irving (shenanigans)
- LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)
Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.
Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.
Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.
While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.
- FB Jamize Olawale
- WR Tavon Austin
- WR Allen Hurns (team option)
- OT Cam Fleming
- G/C Joe Looney (team option)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
- DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
- LB Justin March-Lillard
- S Darian Thompson
While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?
The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.
Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.
Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.
On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.
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If this is any indication, next week's recap may have a lot more to discuss.
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