So with that being said will try and keep this post like my own Mother short and sweet. Just to keep up the theme of appreciating what you have would like to turn it to the Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coaching staff.
I'll admit when I first heard of the change at Defensive Coordinator I was scratching my head. Of course, Kiffin’s coaching mind is impeccable but he was away from the NFL for some time. First things first the whole staff on that side of the ball is impressive. One of the first apparent changes was the sign on the door which now reads, "Rushmen."
Why is this such a significant change and consequential part you ask? I’ll tell you.
Last two seasons too many times you saw players not sure where to line up and again too many times saw chaos in pre-snap with Rob Ryan’s Defense. You saw D-line/OLBs running around first trying to see the formation then trying to dictate where to lineup and what their responsibility MAY be. You also had your best Pass Rushers in Ware/Spencer dropping back in coverage way too often. Don't get me wrong I like variety in defensive schemes especially in today's NFL to try and confuse these complex offenses, but sometimes as a coach you can out-scheme yourself.
I think we all as fans witnessed that very thing the past two seasons under Rob Ryan. Then when then injury bug came to Valley Ranch the deficiencies and confusion of Rob Ryan's Defense were even more exposed.
But I digress, back to the appreciation part of today and us as Cowboys fans. Like I stated before, I absolutely love that the staff changed the name of the front to "Rushmen" again you might ask, “Why is this relevant?” Well best thing you can do as a coach when players struggle with a scheme is simplify it.
Well not only were things simplified, a complete scheme was changed. The great football minds of Kiffin/Marinelli were brought in to do just that.
There are no other responsibilities for the Rushmen when they read pass other than to rush the QB and wreak havoc. In any job isn't it easier when you’re given less to do and told to focus on one task and be productive with that and ONLY that. Now instead of thinking you will see these Rushmen being able to go 100 miles per hour after every and any quarterback. There will be less hesitation, less waiting for the offense to lineup, now just get down in a 3-point stance and go.
I can't tell you if dominant or in mid-season form by week 1 against the Giants. What I can tell you is, just like we all should appreciate our Mothers on this day, we all will appreciate the Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli hires sooner or later.
This Defense is about to be unleashed and just like when you go to Mom for a problem the Dallas Cowboys and Jason Garrett did just that and went to the next best thing in their new Defensive Coordinator and Rush-men Coach.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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