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Cowboys Coaching: Who Needs Improvement When “Not Good Enough” Suffices?

Sean Martin

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I've waited as long as I could to put this together. Three full days removed from a Cowboys loss to the Seahawks that ended their hopes at the playoffs, the Cowboys are a meaningless game at the Eagles away from entering the long and unforgiving offseason.

This lengthy period without Dallas Cowboys football will be full of conversations about how the 2018 team can improve in various areas. There will be talks of player development, utilization, and of course draft targets that could make an impact.

Players will come and go, fans will enter nondescript periods of optimism and gloom about what the latest Cowboys team attempting to break a 22 year Super Bowl streak will do next, and the men in charge of leading and coordinating the Cowboys will be put through none of this...

...or so it seems.

Cowboys Coaching: Who Needs Improvement When "Not Good Enough" Suffices?

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garret, Owner/GM Jerry Jones

The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff is not good enough.

Risking complete failure for the chance at improvement is likely the reason the Cowboys have shown immense patience in Jason Garrett (set to enter his 8th full season as the team's HC), OC Scott Linehan (3 seasons as OC), and DC Rod Marinelli (4 seasons as DC).

With this approach, the biggest brand in the NFL is now accepting mediocrity. A core of players that has been sold on Garrett's message of fighting for each other and reaching their full potential likely needs to feel the consequences of what happens when their efforts aren't good enough. The coaches responsible -- also not reaching their full potential -- need to go.

Cowboys Coaching: Who Needs Improvement When "Not Good Enough" Suffices? 1

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan

I've personally advocated for Jason Garrett as the Cowboys Head Coach for a long time, and believe there is hope for this team with him still in charge as their "leader of men". Once regarded as one of the brightest young offensive minds in the game though, Garrett has no play calling responsibilities with this team now, putting much more pressure on both Linehan and Marinelli.

On both sides of the football, the return of basic execution that was missing for so long here that it brought back mirages of the 90's has become a philosophy for how to constantly come up short.

The Cowboys -- for a facet of reasons beyond the scope of this article -- will miss out on an NFC playoff field that features the youngest HC in the NFL leading the LA Rams and the Case Keenum quarterbacked Vikings, along with an Eagles team confident they can still win with Nick Foles under center.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

OC is not going anywhere. https://t.co/xwH7UjwqRv

This is the new era of coaching, and this is the power of allowing fresh ideas and new perspectives to flourish on an outlook for a Cowboys team with plenty of talent to return to the playoffs as soon as next year.

Whether it is Jerry Jones taking too much pride in the fact that he'll see his coaching candidate in Jason Garrett finally return the Cowboys to the top, or the latest excuse to come from a player that has gotten too comfortable in this sustenance-lacking system, the Cowboys under their current staff of Garrett, Linehan, and Marinelli will forever be driving into the sun at AT&T Stadium.

They'll do so blissfully unaware of the glass ceiling that exists above their heads, keeping each wasted season a formality.

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Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli

Simply put, when things are not going as expected, there is a need for change. Unfathomably, this message has not reached a Dallas Cowboys coaching staff that needs it the most -- the leaders of a team that did anything but meet expectations in 2017.

Here's hoping we don't do this all again sometime soon.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Coaching: Who Needs Improvement When “Not Good Enough” Suffices?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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3 Comments
  • Wayne Young

    Garrett isn’t going anywhere. He probably has one more year before JJ decides to give him the boot and then go after Chucky. For a while I thought maybe Marinelli needed to go, especially with the way the defense fell apart with the absence of Sean Lee. But in the past few weeks the defense has shown signs of improvement, especially in the secondary. They still need to address Sean Lee getting hurt, which at this point, IS going to happen. That leaves Linehan. There’s a reason he didn’t win anything in Detroit with Stafford and Megatron. His play calling, especially against Seattle, has been terrible. Why start throwing the ball when you’re averaging 4 to 5 yards a carry? And why on earth do you throw the ball inside the 5 yard line when you have Zeke and one of the best lines in football??? What happened to Beasley, ALL SEASON??? Why is no help being given to the backup left tackle who’s being abused on a daily basis? How about moving Dez around like in the slot? I don’t get paid millions to call plays, but these are common sense things IMO. Everybody has been quick to place blame on Dak, Zeke, Dez, etc. They all deserve their share of the blame, but ultimately, it comes down to the coaches, and Linehan has done a terrible job in placing his players in position to succeed. He needs to go.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Wayne, thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. We share in the same frustration on Linehan’s play calling, as you ask a lot of questions that simply can’t be answered. One thing I would like to address though is that Dez has gotten plenty of opportunities out of the slot, and hasn’t made good on those either. So, you’re right about it being a player *and* coach issue.

  • Herman R Jessie Jr

    It has been far to long for these changes to take place.But as long as” asses in the seats” is still running the team,my/our/your Cowboys are going nowhere,but fast!!!!

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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys "All or Nothing" Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.

Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.

The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.

Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.

Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.

This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.

An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'

The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.

Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.

David Helman on Twitter

I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett" 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 en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Andrew Dieb / USA TODAY Sports

El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.

Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser. 

Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?

Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.

Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.

Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.

En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.

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En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.

Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."

Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.

En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.

Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).

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Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Rob Ferguson / USA TODAY Sports)

Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.

Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.

Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.

Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?

Brian Martin

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How Much Input Will Kris Richard Have in Cowboys Draft?

Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.

The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.

It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?

Rod Marinelli

Dallas Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli

We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.

Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.

Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard

I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.

I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.

For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.

Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?


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