The Dallas Cowboys are convinced that a coaching contingent of Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli can collectively get the team back on track for 2018. In an effort to shuffle the positional coaches below these three, the Cowboys have seen nothing but well-respected coaches leave The Star so far.
After outlining all of the Dallas coaches on expiring contracts here yesterday, the Cowboys announced quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and secondary coach Joe Baker will not return.
Even with reports that Wilson was considering retirement after 14 years coaching in the NFL, his departure is a twist of the knife to Cowboys Nation. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will ultimately have a lot of say in who coaches his offense below him, and a candidate to replace the highly praised Wade Wilson is Kellen Moore.
Starting QB Dak Prescott has publicly praised both Wilson and Moore as mentors to his early success in this league. Transitioning from one experienced QB coach to one with no formal coaching experience hardly feels like an upgrade though -- nor something that should have been a priority this offseason.
Lots of activity beneath Marinelli and Linehan. Wade Wilson, Steve Loney (retired), Matt Eberflus, Joe Baker, Derek Dooley, and Rich Bisaccia all appear as if they'll be elsewhere in 2018.
As Staff Writer Jess Haynie covered yesterday, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will rejoin John Gruden's coaching staff as he reportedly prepares to accept the Oakland Raiders' coaching vacancy.
This brings us to Joe Baker, who has had his hands on the Cowboys' secondary since 2012. Likely the most promising position group on the team in 2017, the young players Dallas has invested in here will no longer be led by Baker moving forward.
This season was Baker's second as the Cowboys' overall secondary coach, first serving as an assistant before leading the team's safeties in 2014.
The Cowboys safeties have been coached by Greg Jackson since Baker's promotion, and now with Baker out of Dallas, it would make sense for Jackson to take on a larger role in the secondary.
While cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie showed nothing but promise as rookies this season, safeties Byron Jones, Jeff Heath, and Xavier Woods all went through their fair share of struggles. A case could even be made that all three of these safeties were hindered by coaching decisions that forced them to play away from their strengths.
Jones was not given as many chances to play down in the box, while Heath was frequently lost in coverage. A sixth round pick, S Xavier Woods was even asked to play some Nickel CB in his first year with the Cowboys.
Raw talent may still win out in the back-end of this Dallas defense, but no longer being held back by coaching is supposed to be the theme of this organizational retool.
It's impossible to confidently say that the structure around the Cowboys' secondary is any better now -- potentially worse -- than it was during the season.
The Next Dominoes to Fall
Definitively, the Cowboys are in need of new coaches at quarterback, tight end, and on special teams.
Their list of coaching needs is also looking likely to include replacements for linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, and offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
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This may be just one football analyst's perspective, but I don't see a ton of room for meaningful "fresh ideas" to find their way inside The Star on the 2018 Dallas Cowboys coaching staff.
If it was possible for this team to get worse coming off the field with a 6-0 win in Philadelphia four days ago, despite it ending their season, I think they've found a way.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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