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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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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

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Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

https://twitter.com/TheSupremeTaco/status/1072203745868554240

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.



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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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