A week ago, we were all discussing NFC scenarios that would result in the Dallas Cowboys being a playoff team. Now, the conversations have drastically changed. After being eliminated last Sunday by completely self-destructing versus the Seattle Seahawks, but Cowboys' fans have moved on. Perhaps the most discussed of all, the Cowboys coaching staff.
Naturally, fans are upset. After seeing their favorite team go 13-3 as the best team in the NFC only to miss the playoffs a year later, it's hard to be happy with your coaches.
Cowboys Nation is upset about the lack of adjustments, the way they weren't able overcome some key players' absences, and the play calling. A large amount of die-hard Cowboys fans are truly mad about how an offense loaded with talent became so predictable under the reigns of Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett.
As it turns out, we may not be the only ones upset about the playbook's predictability:
The issue for several players is a predictable playbook. Opposing teams know exactly where the ball is going. https://t.co/4OQdHuMKAs
According to Jane Slater from NFL Network, players see the "predictable playbook" as an actual issue. Reading this, I can't help wondering about what's next for the franchise.
Jerry Jones has said on DFW's 105.3 The Fan that Garrett's job is not an issue. But if you have players who are unhappy with a playbook, you have to ask yourself: How do they feel about their coach? I know Scott Linehan calls the plays on Sundays, but Garrett is also at fault here.
I would imagine Garrett can walk over to Linehan in the middle of a game to tell him they should be running with their best offensive player that just got back from a suspension. If he can't do that... shouldn't he be?
It's tough to already be thinking about the possibility of seeing the exact same coaching staff back next year because of how stubborn this front office has become at times, and how they've settled for mediocrity.
It's still too early to know, but without changes to the Cowboys coaching staff for 2018 season, the only thing that likely to change is lower expectations than in 2017 and less risk of disappointment. Other than that, how much change can you expect?
At the end of the day, this football team could care less about the opinions of people like us who watch games from our couches. But hopefully, with players considering the team's playbook an issue, Jerry Jones & Co. may start thinking long and hard about making a change of the Dallas Cowboys' leader.
A year ago, we gave all the credit in the world to this same coaching staff for doing an excellent job of simplifying and giving Dak the tools to execute in an offense built for Tony Romo. Now the problem is that it looks exactly the same, and it seems like the rest of the NFL has figured it out.
Bottom line: The Cowboys could do better, but these coaches are holding them back.
MRI Negative on Cowboys G Zack Martin’s Knee Injury
The Dallas Cowboys saw a few guys go down in last night's preseason game, but none scarier than All-Pro guard Zack Martin. Thankfully, they got some good news today on Martin's status.
An MRI of the knee showed no major injury, and that means Zack should be good to go for the team's regular season opener in three weeks.
Cowboys have received results of Zack Martin's MRI & it's encouraging. Source said there's no significant injury to left knee & he could be ready for opener against Carolina on Sept. 9.
Last week, Dallas lost one of their likely reserve guards when Marcus Martin went on injured reserve after the first preseason game. That leaves just Joe Looney as the only trusted reserve right now for the interior line.
But even though Looney has played well at times when called upon, he's no Zack Martin. In fact, only a couple of guys in the entire NFL can claim to be on that level.
Sprains and other non-major injuries to the knee tend to fall into the 2-4 week range for recovery. Barring complications, Martin should be ready to take on the Panthers' Kawann Short, Dontari Poe, and others.
We're still waiting for updates on other key players who were injured last night, such as Safety Xavier Woods, Running Back Bo Scarbrough, and Defensive Lineman Datone Jones. We'll get those to you as they are announced.
Hopefully, they all get the same good news that Zack Martin did today.
Zack Martin, Xavier Woods Suffer Preseason Injuries, Cowboys Down 2 Starters
Last Saturday night didn't end well for the Dallas Cowboys, who saw multiple players go down throughout the game, most notably Zack Martin and Xavier Woods. Preseason injuries are always the more painful ones, and when we're talking about someone like Martin, it just makes it worse.
Martin suffered a knee injury and was ruled out after going down. ESPN's Todd Archer tweeted out that a source had claimed the injury was a hyper-extended left knee. This surely would be great news considering the fear right now is a season-ending injury.
A source said the initial diagnosis of Zack Martin is a hyperextended left knee, but he will undergo an MRI on Sunday. The Cowboys do not practice again until Monday and play Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals. Depending on the severity of the... https://t.co/1MPbJfQph8
Zack is set to have an MRI on Sunday and the team is hopeful the injury isn't that serious. We probably won't see the All-Pro left guard return in the preseason but could see him back on the field as soon as September 9th when the Cowboys kick their season off at Carolina.
Besides Zack Martin being the best offensive guard in the NFL, the Cowboys' offensive line depth is definitely not good. If his injury proves to be worse than what the front office believes, this offense will have to play without arguably their best player.
As we nervously await more news on Martin's knee, there are more injured players to talk about.
Xavier Woods injured his hamstring as he made an effort to intercept the ball and was also ruled out for the game. We still don't know about the severity, but we do know it's the same hamstring that he dealt with last year.
Although Woods isn't anywhere near Zack Martin as a football player, his injury comes at the team's weakest position in depth. Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods are the Cowboys' only legitimate safeties that will earn a roster spot.
If the hamstring injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, we could see the Cowboys getting outside help for the defensive backfield. Whether that means trading for Earl Thomas, some other safety or looking at the free agents available, I don't see the team going into the season with two safeties on the roster.
For now, we need to wait for more results regarding both of these players who will be detrimental to this team's success in 2018. The Cowboys suffered more injuries than these ones, though.
And the injuries continue... Jameill Showers is down on the Cowboys sideline with what looks like a knee injury. Still down. Duke Thomas Datone Jones Bo Scarbrough Xavier Woods and the big one, Zack Martin That's the injury list for the Cowboys tonight.
Datone Jones has been impressive during his stay in Dallas and is a quality DT and was ruled out for the game after getting tangled up with the Bengal's offensive line. Seventh-round draft pick Bo Scarbrough suffered a hip injury and is apparently not severe either.
Compared to Woods' and Martin's injuries, these ones won't keep Cowboys' fans up at night. However, hopefully they all turn out to be okay and ready to play as soon as possible. The team's starters make this team a legit threat in the NFC, but when it comes to depth, they're not in a good position.
Report: Center Travis Frederick Undergoing Shoulder Evaluation
After missing the team's walkthrough this morning, it is being reported that Dallas Cowboys starting center Travis Frederick is having his shoulder evaluated due to multiple stingers. According to reports, Frederick has been dealing with stingers all training camp, and the Cowboys are unsure what is wrong with his shoulder.
Frederick rarely misses any practice time at all, and has not missed a start since he entered the league in 2013. He's the catalyst of this offensive line, and will be greatly missed if his injury is severe enough to make him miss regular season game time.
Jason Garrett says Travis Frederick is getting his shoulder looked at in Los Angeles. He's been dealing with stingers. No update behind that #cowboyswire
Joe Looney has been tasked with replacing Frederick for the time being, taking first team center reps during today's walk through and practice.
Given how meaningless Saturday's game is, I'd expect Looney to start at center against the Bengals this weekend as well. Hopefully the evaluation reveals that Frederick's issues are not serious and he will be ready for game one, but consistent stingers will always make fans fear for the worst.
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