Cowboys Special Teams Are Looking Elite

    While much praise is being given to the and , one area that never gets much attention is . The Cowboys does deserve the amount of approval they have been getting, and so does Rush, but the special teams have been so well-coached this season. Special Teams Coach has been doing a swell job at his position.

    John has had a total of 18 years of experience and has been the special team coach for three different NFL teams. From 2009-11 he worked for the then-, then from 2012-19 for the LA Rams.

    Now John is working hard for Dallas to get their special teams to the top. Some proof as to why the Cowboys' special teams have been looking so elite is found in the previous games they have played.

    To start, has looked promising. During the , Turpin managed to score two touchdowns on punt returns in a single game. This stat made Turpin famous in the Cowboys community and placed Turpin as the #1 .

    Turpin has had some very impressive runs during the regular season even though he has yet to score a touchdown.

    While much of the credit goes to Turpin's ability to dodge defenders, the blocking skills deserve some too. John Fassel has shown these players how to block well for their return man. Every time Turpin has the ball, I am seeing multiple Cowboys picking up their blocks rather well. That is an impressive skill that not many teams can do.

    Blocking the opponents so your return man can get through is tough due to the amount of disorganization on the field during a punt.

    The special teams also have another great trait to them this year. Blocking punts and field goals. During the game in week 3, the Cowboys managed to block a crucial field goal that helped them win the game 23-16.

    Another huge play happened last Sunday against the . During the first quarter, Jr blocked a punt and picked the ball up to run himself to the Rams' 20-yard line. This was an amazing play on special teams and shows how strong these guys are playing.


    So why are all the players on the Cowboys' special teams looking so LIT right now?

    I have to go with the remarkable skill of John Fassel. I mean, he's not known as the “most creative” special teams coach for nothing. From past seasons, Dallas hasn't ever been this good on special teams. Now that this is John's 3rd season with the Cowboys, things are looking up. He has finally found the right flow for this team in terms of coaching.

    I always have felt like special teams never get enough attention. One blocked punt/field goal or for a touchdown can change the game drastically. If one of those things happens in each game, then that right there is all the Cowboys need to win big games.

    I am a huge fan of how John has built up the special teams. Can not wait for next week and possibly more great plays from this group of players.

    Tony Stahl
    Tony Stahl
    Hey there! My name is Tony Stahl. I have two passions, writing and football, when you put those two together you have where I am now, Inside the Star! I am 18 and live in Fort Worth and am a huge Cowboys fan. Football is my most favorite topic and I could talk your head off all day about it.


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    They aren’t elite, they gave up a first down on a trick play


    Turpin has been really good. I think he will have a kick return TD somewhere along the season. Maher has been very good also. DA has been great on ST and defense,


    To point out a few plays or point to a returner’s high ceiling potential based on his prior performance in other leagues is silly. To claim a unit is elite or performing at a high level ,you need to present cold hard facts in terms of aggregate unit performance relative to the league at large. What has Fassel done differently this season? How has he adapted his coaching style to develop players like Kelvin Joseph or Guilford who are new to the unit, not Goodwyn? How is Angar doing in net punts, least returns, most hang time? Or least avg return per punt as a unit?