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Cowboys Free Agency: OL Luke Joeckel Brings Low Risk, High Reward

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Free Agency: OL Luke Joeckel Brings Low Risk, High Reward

The Dallas Cowboys have built the best offensive line in football over the last few years, using first round picks on three linemen, and signing a fourth first round talent as an undrafted free agent.

Then, before the playoffs began in 2016, the Cowboys signed former Arizona Cardinals first round pick Jonathan Cooper. Despite being a disappointment in his career thus far, the Cowboys believed they could potentially “fix” Cooper, who clearly has the physical tools necessary to be a successful interior lineman in the league.

Now sitting with four first round offensive linemen on their roster, the Cowboys have a chance to add a fifth this offseason. That player, is former Jacksonville Jaguars number two overall pick Luke Joeckel.

Andy Benoit on Twitter

Someone will take a chance on Luke Joeckel believing their system can fix him. Disappointing as LT and LG though, not a quality FA.

Since being drafted with the second overall pick in 2013, Joeckel’s career has gone downhill quickly. Failing at both tackle and guard in Jacksonville, Joeckel now sits as a free agent looking for a second chance in the NFL.

The question becomes, which team is willing to give it to him?

Why not the Cowboys?

For a few reasons, the Cowboys are the perfect landing spot for Luke Joeckel in free agency.

Dallas loves to take chances on these kind of players, especially on the offensive line. Similar to how they did with Jonathan Cooper, Dallas might sign Joeckel believing that their environment will be conducive to developing his skills.

Being surrounded by All-Pro players like Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick could be beneficial to Joeckel, helping both his technique and attitude towards football. Where as in Jacksonville Joeckel was on a losing team, and played for a franchise which has been abysmal since its inception, he would be joining a 13-3 division champion in Dallas.

The Cowboys also have a need for a swing tackle. Considering the health issues of former third rounder Chaz Green, and the age of starting right tackle Doug Free, the Cowboys should be in the market to either draft or a sign a potential future replacement for Free.

As a player, Joeckel has been flawed. Plagued by injuries for much of his career, Joeckel has been unable to stay on the field, and has been ineffective when he’s been healthy enough to play.

Still, Joeckel is a 6’6″ 300-plus-pound physical specimen who can play both inside at guard and outside at tackle. Taking a chance on him would be a low risk, high reward move for the Cowboys in free agency.


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  • Kevin Black

    I like this idea. I also like that it appears he won’t cost a lot either. Very good article and nice catch.

    • Kevin Brady

      Thanks for reading, Kevin!

  • TreFKennedy88

    Why not, the worst that could happen is he’ll be a worse Doug free, best case we make him a pro bowler

  • Steve Trevor

    Sounds like his next stop is Right Tackle for Dallas. 🙂

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin



Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie



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

Kevin Brady



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

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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