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Cowboys 2017 Free Agency: Versatility Makes Micah Hyde An Intriguing Option

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Should Target This Former Green Bay Packer In Free Agency

The Dallas Cowboys’ pending free agent safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox will be discussed at length throughout the 2017 free agency time period until their fates are ultimately decided. Everyone will debate which of the two — if either — should be brought back. But, I think the Cowboys would be wise to take a good long hard look at the Green Bay Packers former defensive back, Micah Hyde as the eventual replacement.

Micah Hyde isn’t a household name by any means, but he is a player that I believe the Cowboys should be interested in because of his versatility and playmaking ability.

We all know what Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox bring to the table as strong safeties for the Cowboys. Both players are better around the line of scrimmage as “box safeties” and struggle when they are asked to play in coverage. This limits what defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli can do with his coverages, and I for one think it’s time for a change.

Now, I appreciate what Church and Wilcox have done for the Dallas Cowboys during their time with the organization, but bringing in Micah Hyde to start next to Byron Jones on the back end of the defense would be an upgrade.

In his four years in Green Bay, Hyde has played every position in the Packers secondary. This is a testament to his versatility as a player and we all know how much the Cowboys value that in their players.

Cowboys 2017 Free Agency: Micah Hyde Could Ease Safety ConcernsHyde’s versatility was on full display during the 2016 season when the Packers secondary was dismantled by injuries. He played both safety positions, in the slot, and as an outside cornerback. In fact, you may remember it was Hyde who picked off Dak Prescott in the Divisional Round of the playoffs while playing in the slot.

Now, Micah Hyde has never really been a full-time starter for the Green Bay Packers, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a knack for making game changing plays. He has averaged two interceptions every season in his four-year career in the NFL and has had a quarterback sack each year as well. Just imagine what he could do as a full-time starter.

Hyde is just 26 and isn’t likely to command as much money as Barry Church will once the 2017 free agency period officially starts March 9, at least that’s what I’m hoping anyway. He might however cost a little bit more than what the Cowboys could re-sign J.J. Wilcox for. But, you usually have to pay a little bit more if you want something better.

I just think the value of adding Micah Hyde to the secondary for the Dallas Cowboys is tremendous. He can play anywhere in the secondary and also be your primary punt and kick returner, something he’s been pretty successful at doing with the Packers.

Like with all available free agents though, it will come down to the type of contract he is seeking and whether or not the Dallas Cowboys believe he would make a good investment.

I would personally be 100% on board with bringing Micah Hyde’s talents to Dallas, but we’re going to have to wait and see how free agency plays out.

Does the addition of Micah Hyde sound good to you?

You know where I stand, but let me hear what you think in the comment section below.

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4 Comments
  • Charles

    I agree that he would be a good addition, especially with his versatility. He certainly had a great game against us in the playoffs.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Charles. I really like the versatility Micah Hyde would bring not only to the safety position, but the secondary. It would really allow Rod Marinelli to get creative with his coverages.

  • TD4SPORTS

    Micah would be a Great addition to our defense and an instant upgrade, also he would allow us to use him at corner if needed. We have Heath and Frazier as depth so Win Win !!!

    • Brian Martin

      Micah Hyde’s versatility to play several different positions in the secondary would be a huge bonus. I would absolutely love for the Cowboys to bring him in.

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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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