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Cowboys Come Unraveled, Who Gets The Finger?

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Sunday night in Arlington, Texas was supposed to be the grand opening of the greatest NFL stadium, and it was supposed to open with the Cowboys dismantling the New York Giants.

Unfortunately for us the fans and the Cowboys, things did not go as planned! So there must be someone or some people to blame right?

There are plenty of people to blame for this loss, but the finger should be pointed first and foremost at one Tony Romo!

This was by far the worst game I have ever seen him play. From the beginning he looked out of sync, and out of rhythm. Everyone will have an opinion on why, but I do not want to hear it! NO EXCUSES!

The Dallas Cowboys are not a bad football team, but they are not a contending team at this point in the season.

Tony Romo if he was not already has firmly planted his butt onto the “Hot Seat”. There is but only two ways off of that seat.


  1. Simply continue to make the same stupid plays that have plagued him his first 3 years in league, and find himself in a different uniform.
  2. Step up to the challenge, and accept nothing but perfection from himself, and lead this team.

Tony is a very likable guy, an extraordinary athlete, and the leader of the Dallas Cowboys. It is time for him to act like it!

The second person on the list of many is one that I did not see coming. Orlando Scandrick! I thought last year and heading into this year was the better of the two DB draft picks. Orlando absolutely got his ass handed to him on Sunday night.

The performance he put in on Sunday night was down right pitiful. The best comparison of his performance that I can give is to one of a Matador.

Not only was he not physical with the Giants, he looked lost and scared! We have heard all through Training camp about his “Head Knocking” prowess (just ask Roy Williams) yet when it was his chance to prove his worth in his first start, he looked like the fat kid in fifth grade that everyone picked on.

The Dallas Cowboys better change there outlook at that position and they better change it quick! Mike Jenkins is by far and away the better of the two, not only on draft status, but more importantly by his on field actions.

Through two games Mike Jenkins has heavily outplayed Orlando Scandrick, and after the performance Sunday night his confidence is shaken, and a confidence lacking corner is not what this team needs right now.

The third and final finger that I am going to point is at none other than Terrence Newman. T-New is the mentor to both Jenkins and Scandrick, let’s just hope they do not watch the film on Newman.

T-New looked slow, and on more than one occasion Lost! How you get lost in man coverage I have no idea but he was able to accomplish that feat with very little effort. Is there a Hamstring issue we were not privy to?

I have not seen T-New play that poorly since the Washington game last year when he was playing on a hurt hammy. Hopefully his play Sunday night was just an anomaly.


I am forcing myself to stay away from the edge of the cliff, after all it is only week two, but many things must change and they must change quickly.

This team played very stupid and sloppy and that is not going to get it done. The only difference between the Cowboys play on Sunday and their play at the end of last season is at least now they are not publicly making excuses! Well at least we got that going for us.

Who are you pointing the finger at?

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  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryan Martin

    honestly my friend, it doesn’t matter who gets the blame, the games over with. What we should be focusing on is who will step up and make the plays next week to keep us on track. For that my finger points to
    4 people. Bradie James, Demarcus Ware, Tony Romo, and Marion Barber. Those are our guys and those are the people that will deliver us results next week.

  • bags030404

    Well there is the problem! tired of hearing about “next week” been hearing that crap for years now. Time the boys put their freaking work boots on and went to work! Obviously making them feel good about themselves even when they lose is not working, think its about time I started telling them what I really think about there effort.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryan Martin

    Yea but what is it going to prove? is it going to prove that we, fans who aren’t playing the game, are disappointed? guess what? they probably already know. You tell me the problem is hearing about ‘next week” but guess what bro, it’s all we got, all we can do is express what we may think needs improvement. I choose to be an optimist, because they know they screwed up. We as fans need to stop being so judgmental and perhaps a little more understanding. After all, we’re not professional athletes.

    • bags030404

      Seriously I started a blog about the Cowboys so that I had a place to vent when my team failed and a place to celebrate victory. I have been down a long and winding road with this team for 36 years, I believe I have earned the right to call them “sorry no good for nothings” when I feel that way. Do not confuse me with a bandwagon fan! I will still be here no matter what they do, but I will voice my opinion. I understand that “it’s just week two” but this crap needs to get fixed before we are saying “its only week 9”. What makes me angry about the whole thing is to watch guys continually make the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Everyone makes mistakes! making mistakes is what teaches us, but if you do not learn from your mistakes and then correct them so that it does not happen again, then well… you are a dumbass! and that is the path that Romo and the gang are traveling down.

      • Dub Burnett

        Coaching makes all the difference in the world. I also question Wade Phillips ability to lead this team to the Super Bowl. The talent is there obviously the leadership is not. This team is so talented though that you would think that someone would step up to the plate even if the coach can’t. I don’t think I have ever seen Romo place a worse game. The mistakes were so bad that you wonder if someone wasn’t bought off. I have been a big fan of these guys for many years. It would be wonderful to see some people show back up like Landry, Staubach, or Aikman. These guys played & coached with heart. They were not just competitors, they were good men. I would like to see some of the kind of ability & character that those guys displayed in some of the people on the team now. I don’t think you can blame any one person for what happened against the Giants, but a team with this type of talent that beat their rival in almost every statistic, but still managed to lose the game has something severly wrong.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Chasman45

    From my viewpoint: It does not matter how talented a team may be, you must have competent & disciplined coaching applied to the mix and that is just not happened since Jimmy Johnson left and consequently you can see for yourself the difference.

    I sincerely believe this Cowboy roster is talented as the 90’s Cowboys collectively, maybe you don’t have three H.O.F.’ers right now, but the potential certainly is there and that is why many from all over are shaking their heads in confusion.

    The answer? Get a real N.F.L. coach! Get one that understands that a disciplined team is a team that will not melt when the heat is on during a big division game. Put a wall of no return behind these ‘Boys back and tell them you either produce or get off my field as Jimmy would have done.

    The reason items of refinement hold up when used is that they have been put through the refining fire before they are used, this team foolishly isn’t even allowed to tackle in many instances in camp. A team that tackles is a team that is prepared and I don’t want to hear about preventing injury, the main reason injuries come is from lack of preparation. Say bye to Wade Phillips, he will never lead any team to a SB Championship.

  • Bryan Martin

    lol phillip calm down brother, I also recognize the problem and know this winding road. All i’m saying is that we gotta be careful if we’re focusing on blaming someone instead of supporting them. I mean don’t you believe that people know they screwed up? The base media does a great job destroying these people, its ok to blame and recap, but it’s more important to support the team that might need us more then we think. I love you man (in a heterosexual way) don’t get so upset, perhaps we’re just a good combination of two different minds. Good post brother!

    • bags030404

      Not angry at all Bo! Sorry if I came across that way, I am just tired of the excuses and I do not accept defeat easily! Usually takes me about a week to get back to normal after a Cowboy loss like that.

  • Bryan Martin

    I know the feeling, more poor wife has to endure that. shameful moment: I actually cried at the end of the game.

    • bags030404

      Wow brother that is bad! Grown man crying over a football game, geeze what is wrong with you? LOL

  • Bryan Martin

    don’t judge me, i know i’m pathetic.

    • bags030404

      There is no crying in football Bo!

  • Bryan Martin

    there not tears, i umm… i just, its allergies!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie

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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.

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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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