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Could the Dallas Cowboys Feature a New-Look Offense in 2018?

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Could The Dallas Cowboys Feature a New-Look Offense in 2018?
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After a season of disappointment and under achievement, one word that creeps into every die-hard fan is change. Back in September, the Dallas Cowboys were one of the Las Vegas favorites to get to the Super Bowl. Naturally, after a 9-7 season, we all want some sort of change.

By now, we know that said change will not come in the form of a new head coach. Or, if we're being honest with ourselves, probably not even in the form of different coordinators.

So, then what?

We've seen a coaching carousel lately in Dallas with a lot of moves going on. Just about every position coach is leaving or interviewing with other teams, Kellen Moore is set to be the new QBs coach and so on.

But heading into the offseason, it's inevitable to think about how many changes we could see in the Cowboys' offense.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports)

Recently, fellow Staff Writer Brian Martin wrote about how the Cowboys should build a Prescott-friendly offense for Dak Prescott. Despite a struggling season, Dak Prescott shouldn't be evaluated or replaced after just two seasons. Even if overreactions around Cowboys Nation tell you otherwise.

Even still, it's more than fair to criticize an offense that was far from meeting expectations last season. All this leads to a lot of questions about where the future of this offense is headed.

Is Dez Bryant still worth the money he's being paid?

Should he be officially replaced by another WR1, something he hasn't been for a long time?

The Cowboys have a ton of needs, and even though we're used to the idea of defense always being our top priority in the offseason, this time it might be different.

This team really needs to get Dak a best friend, a receiver who can create separation. A good route runner.

Who knows, maybe Dez isn't here next season. But even if he is, he probably won't be "the guy" when it comes to catching Dak Prescott's passes.

Could The Dallas Cowboys Feature a New-Look Offense in 2018? 1

Dallas Cowboys WRs Ryan Switzer, Cole Beasley

What about Cole Beasley?

Whether we like it or not, he's another guy whose play wasn't as good as 2016. With him going into his final year under contract, is it possible the Cowboys explore other options?

Despite not getting a lot of playing time, Ryan Switzer showed very promising flashes when he was asked to fill Beasley's spot in the season finale at Philadelphia. I can't help wondering if Switzer will be able to earn a more involved role on offense as the slot wide receiver next year.

Perhaps in the long run, he's the better option for the Cowboys instead of the guy who'll be 29 when the 2018 season arrives.

Now, Jason Witten is my all-time favorite Dallas Cowboy. But if we're being real with ourselves, even if he's still as reliable as ever, he isn't a very dangerous player anymore. The coaching staff should find a way to do something similar to what the Chargers have done with Antonio Gates and add a younger, more dangerous tight end to play alongside Witten.

Before the 2017 season began, the Cowboys were expected to be one of the best offenses in the NFL. They failed to meet expectations. We know the coaching staff isn't changing at the "big three" positions, but maybe we see it in the form of players.

Could we see a new-look offense in Dallas next season?

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39 Comments
  • Bennie

    I would explore a trade with Dez Beasley and Williams go get martavius Bryant re sign butler promote swizter sign another good route runner for depth because we still got Noah brown use witten for another year n draft a tight end this year learning from one of the best tight ends get him his reps Dallas could make a splash if they free up some roster room n cap even promote Byron back to corner n find a safety in the draft in the 3-4 round we could revamp the O completely to where we still have room even maybe looking at Allen Robison on a one year prove it deal because the injury

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      I’m totally open to seeing a move with one of our WRs, don’t know about Martavis Bryant though. Man, I’d love Allen Robinson if he’s healthy.

      • Bennie

        Martavis would give us the vertical threat we needed in dez but is faster n still a red zone threat if we could get Robison that would be a plus sign both But if not one of them n keep butler n then sign someone who is proven to be able to stay healthy run good routes n be able to adjust on the fly

        • Ducebag

          This is what I mean…..I feel as Cowboy fans are making excuses for Dak…I’ve seen plenty of games this season where I sat and was like “wth is this guy doing”

          • Datschu

            Exactly brother!! Exactly! Sad thing is that I told everyone who would listen what 2017 would be like. You can bank onnit like the sun setting in the West! It’s the Dallas Cowboys. Dak cannot pass downfield accurately enough to be a legitimate threat. And unfortunately our number 1 WRs strengths are the now qb1s weaknesses…
            Dak will have 1/2 the career in Dallas that romo did.
            And then we’ll be with new qb1… my problem is that I’m just a fan and say this in 2016… how come the front office didn’t?

          • jglousa210

            I think half is giving him to much credit. Romo was that dude on a shitty team. He carried us to winning records despite the lack of defense, an oline and a good rb. Dak lost zeke and T Smith and shit the bed. And his accuracy is imo the sole reason for all our receivers decline. I to told everyone that we would regret letting Romo walk. But everyone was dick riding Dak. When he wasn’t ready. He needed to play behind Romo until Romo actually retired and learned everything he possibly could from imo one of the greatest football minds ever. But instead we won a few games and turned our backs on the guy that could have left us plenty of times. But stayed loyal to a mediocre franchise.

          • Russ_Te

            You said Dak was half of Romo when he was Rookie of the Year – sure.

            Dak is far more talented. Romo was a turnover machine for years until he finally got more judicious with the ball. He has great career stats but much worse games when they counted most, down the stretch and in playoffs. Good riddance to him. He was Danny White – no better.

          • Fred Miller

            I agree, but he was still a second year QB last season. Can’t expect perfection yet. He definitely had less time to throw compared to his rookie season. Next year will be a good test.

  • Ducebag

    Idk why my fellow Cowboy fans can’t that Dak is not as good as we thought

    • Bennie

      He is good he don’t have receivers making plays to get the ball.. he can’t do it running it every time n neither can zeke… he needs weapons dez isn’t what he use to be give butler the time dez had n I bet we would have a 1000 yard receiver.. dak can only do so much by him self with no weapons look at wentz last year (rookie year) then this year (sophomore year) no weapons compared to weapons..

      • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

        Excuses…that is why most Cowboys fans continue to accept mediocrity…… stop and think … Romo made player around him better…..is Dak doing that? Start there….. and think.

        • Datschu

          Preaching to the choir dude. In 2016 when Dak was taking the job I knew he wouldn’t last very long. We not a very complete passer.

        • Steve

          Yea BUT Romo didn’t do it in year 2 making everyone around him better and don’t 4get every time he messed up or choked in December/Playoff game everybody was on his ass just like everybody is on Dak’s! IMO I believe we all need to chill out and give Dak some time to mature and I believe that Dez isn’t a #1 and T-Will is a good but not great receiver for a #2 and we need to let Switzer take over the slot and draft a route running TE to learn from Witten if Gathers isn’t gonna cut it! IMO again we need to draft a stud DT at 19 this year to improve our D and make it strong enough to keep Dak from having to be a hero every game

      • jglousa210

        I’m sorry but you’re so wrong. Dak is the sole problem. All our receivers numbers are down. Explain that. Even beasley our top guy last year. Dak is the problem. I’d personally like to see him and rush fight for the starting spot this off-season.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      I really think there’s a QB curve. If Dak a bad year in 2018, then you start evaluating the position. It’s still too early too give up on him after a bad season and one in which the entire team struggled. Maybe in the long run, he isn’t as good as we think. But still too early to say he shouldn’t be our QB. Just as it is too early to call him elite.

      • Bennie

        Never called him elite just stating that he had a slump year like you said by dez had a few slump seasons.. witten is old Williams isn’t producing neither is Beasley start fresh give him new weapons new personnel I bet anything he is right back to his rookie season production

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          Oh, don’t get me wrong. Never meant to say you called him elite. Was really just giving my two cents on the topic. I think Dak will be fine, we just need to give him some time.

        • Gary Stevens

          If Cole Beasley was utilized more in the offense he would put up some strong numbers. He is not getting the ball enough to get him in the flow of the game. In fact, I believe he is a better slot receiver than Switzer would be. He has heart and is not scared of those crossing routes. I believe Switzer would make a better #2 wide receiver. He is fast enough to create space between him and a defender.

    • Datschu

      Whenever they made him the starter I KNEW HE WOULD BOMB OUT! Why didn’t Jorge front office? He’s not a legitimate passer!!

    • jglousa210

      Exactly.

  • Tone’ Cyphers

    I don’t know how change we’ll see with the same coaches calling the shots. There won’t be a lot of wholesale changes in the playbook. Hopefully the players can just play better.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      That’s completely fair. Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

    And as long as the owner continues telling everyone he has a “HC” they’ll continue to fail…..

  • Datschu

    I’ve been asking this for YEARS… maybe this year JJ will miraculously read my post and then he left ignoring will go on…

    “Jerry….did you pay attention”?

    Everyone would agree that dak is a better qb than nick Foles, correct? Would you?

    Well let’s operate under the assumption that everyone reading this agrees that he is… for sh!ts and giggles…

    WEll NICK FREAKING FOLES JUST BEAT THE REIGNING NFC CHAMPIONS IN A DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME..!!!

    Beat a team that killed the cowboys this year… AND only had to get his team in position to score 15 points to do so!

    The eagles win because of a suffocating and stingy defense…

    You see mr Jones…. if the other team cannot score your qb only needs to get the team in position ONE FREAKING TIME TO KICK A FIELD GOAL!
    Understand?
    Offense puts butts in the seats… DEFENSE wins championships! Especially in this decades NFC conference!

    Signing DEZ to 70+ mil= bad deal (when you no longer have a qb who can pass down field accurately and consistently)

    Drafting zeke 4 ovr = bad drafting (especially when Jalen Ramsey was sitting there for the taking)

    Drafting a project lb in the second round= another bad draft choice (when we could have had an impact player on D completing his second full season)

    I don’t know about any of y’all… but the good season, bad season, 8-8 season … wash rinse and repeat sh!t is wearing me down…
    Especially when even in their “good” seasons they’re 1 and done in the playoffs…

    This franchise just can’t get out of their own way… would say snake bit… but snake bit means it’s not of your own doing…. the circus clown and pony show… ER…. Dallas Cowboys front office is to blame for the 22 years of stank football

  • Datschu

    Anyone here old enough to remember when romo was rising to the ranks of qb1? The excitement? The crazy plays he made?
    Did any of you see that from Dak last year? Or was it mostly zeke?
    I saw a qb the likes of Trent silver at best!
    They pushed romo out too soon!

    • Datschu

      Trent DILFER*

    • jglousa210

      I 100 percent agree.

    • RandyWhite54Fan

      They didn’ Push Romo out, Romo’s back pushed him out. We needed a 16 game starting QB Romo couldn’t do that anymore. When Jerry and JG are gone America’s Team will return.

  • Datschu

    I’m just so tired of all the bumbling. The stubbing of the organizations toes. Gregory, Byron jones in round 1, the qb debacle of 2015, the unimaginative HC they keep rolling out there,….
    THE STUBBORN ASSED WAY OF BUILDING OFFENSIVELY (zeke) when the last 8 of 10 super bowl winners won with great defense…
    I’m sorry you draft a RB at #4 overall IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEFENSE!!!
    Look at Jacksonville… they did it the right way… now imagine if they get a qb… or even alex Smith…

  • Bennie

    You guys don’t see the bigger picture… dak isn’t the one dropping the balls he isn’t the one that is calling the plays he isn’t the one who has the keys to the offense to be able to do what he wants on the field .. dak needs to improve yea but you can’t blame this on him… Jason Garrett dez Williams Beasley witten you gotta hold them accountable too they wasn’t separating them selves from the defenders they wasn’t holding on to the ball or catching it.. if dak has another “slump year” then we can discuss it but til Dallas either gets a new coaching staff aka hc and oc or they have a new offense of look then they are just gonna be average we need weapons who can create space run good routes catch the ball n hold on to it.. we need to revamp the offense with new weapons new coaching staff build chemistry n go from there the ones hating on dak will see that he only had a slump year zeke was battling off field problems was gone 6 games then you had dez couldn’t catch the ball couldn’t hold on catch desperate himself from defenders Beasley just wasn’t himself witten is old Williams isn’t a number a WR..

    • jglousa210

      I honestly don’t think you truly understand how the game of football works based on your comments. What datschu said is 100% correct. Defense wins championships. And Dak is not the guy. His accuracy was horrendous at best. His arm strength is lacking and he just flat out can’t hit our receivers to save his life. Yes our guys dropped some passes but im chalking that up to frustrations with a shitty qb. They’re tired of him and i think he’s losing this teams confidence in his ability to run the team. He’s no Romo not even on his best day.

      • Steve

        Staubach himself said that the year he went 1-4 to start out the year and missed the playoffs for the only time in a decade. You have a bad year and everyone doubts you, Dak took the league by storm a yr ago and then everyone game planned him, there wasn’t much complaining until Zeke went out then Dak was under the scope and T. Smith went out Lee went out and we have Collins playing new pos. and a diff player at LG for a few games till that got figured out but was mediocre at best so with all the that happening Dak wasn’t supposed to flinch and the stats read without Tyron S. alone Dak’s Qb rating was 30 points lower! Yea 30 points because he was getting pummeled from behind which gets in your head and then you lose a second and then timing is off and then even when he gets the ball there we drop it in some of the most crucial moments (Dez fumble vs Seattle) that changed the entire momentum of that game and all of that because he wasn’t confident on dropping back and stepping up and making a throw! I believe the sophomore year was a crucial year of learning for Dak to not have his security blanket in T Smith and Zeke and have to grow as a Qb! Next year will tell the story on Dak Prescott

  • Stephen L. Holley

    More Jones “STUPIDITY”….keep ‘Garrett and Linehan” after total stupidity the last two years ( first down at the three yard line…Elliot in the backfield…great o-line and you throw the ball three times)!!! Jones will never give up his complete control , Garrett will keep ruining QB’s and we will be stuck with mediocracy as long as Jones is the owner!!!!! Sickening!!!!!! With the talent on that team they should still be playing!!! “SHORE UP THE O-LINE”!!!! ” RE-SIGN DEMARCUS LAWRENCE- MARTEN”!!!! ” TRADE DEZ-SWITZER,KEEP BUTLER AND NOAH BROWN- SLAP SOME SENSE INTO RANDY GREGORY-BRING HIM BACK”!!!! “IF GATHERS CAN GET HEALTHY HE’S THE ANSWER AT TIGHT END”!!!! MAKE WITTEN PLAYER-COACH”!!!!!

  • RandyWhite54Fan

    In 2016 Dak would throw to an area of the field and a WR would be there. If they ran an out instead skinny post the ball was up for grabs. This year was a timing throw which isn’t what Dak is about. Romo and Aikman yes that’s their game. 60% I gave to the WR’s of the blaim. Sign Butler make him the #2 WR. Williams would be better coming off the bench. Rework Bryant’s contract 12.5 million is 6 million too much. Find a LG and RT and become a more zone blocking offense. No FB use the ACE formation (2 TE’s). The six weeks Zeke was out because he acted like a dumb ass. Was The longest six weeks of my life. When Zeke is in there it’s a totally deference. The play calling off this year. I would like to see more pass on first down to predictable. Dez throwing a temper tantrum on the sideline Dez knows he’s on the down side of his career. I know we need to upgrade our WR’s and TE. It wouldn’t be my first pick we have other needs. Forget Moore as QB coach hire Romo. Bad choice by Jerry and it was Jerry. If they want to make a Super Bowl run. There not as close as Jerry thinks. The need OL upgrades DL upgrades secondary help and LB help.

  • TexHomaHeat .

    To all of you Garrett haters, I wanting to remind you of something. No coach of better quality than Garrett would take the Cowboy’s head coaching job! No one! Garrett is the best answer as long as Jerry Jones is the owner and GM. As for the critizism of Garrett and Linehan, I didn’t remember reading all this bitching in 2016 when they had a full offense (a quality running back). I’ve been a Cowboy fan for over 50 years. Cowboy fans need to be patient and understanding of the situation.

  • Mike C

    I understand the Dak hate completely. I just think it was more of play calling and coaching. You cant blame him for getting killed in the atlanta game, and really that was the case for the season. Coaching shouldve focused on his mechanics this offseason. The playbook was not creative enough, i actually predicted most of the offensive plays In key situations. Its almost like we used the exact same plays from last year and only used %25 of the playbook. As a diehard cowboys fan with a lack of coaching changes i am very disinterested in next season. And im so sick of hearing about our 5 rings.

  • dallas1966

    It’s time for the Cowboys coaching staff to decommissioned the Romo Friendly offense, that Dak has been running for the past 2 seasons, into the warehouse. And start the construction of the Dak Attack friendly offense. Dak had modest success with the Romo friendly offense, throwing for 45 TD, with 13 Int. was very good. Now let’s see how Dak production goes in an offense predicated to his strength.

  • Gary Stevens

    As long as Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan control the offensive scheme of the Cowboys, I don’t think they will ever win a Super Bowl. They are just awful at making adjustments to what the opposing defenses show them. If plan A doesn’t work in a game they have no plan B.

  • John McClain

    Dak needs to learn how to throw receivers open the way Romo Brady Manning Brees all have done. Dak waits til they’re open and that is too late

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Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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- David Irving, #95

En la NFL, la falta de noticias en Junio generalmente significa buenas noticias. Los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys saben esto mejor que nadie y en caso de que lo hayan olvidado, David Irving se aseguró de recordarle a Cowboys Nation el porque de esta frase.

La semana pasada, se anunció que David Irving recibirá una suspensión de cuatro partidos por haber violado la política de abuso de substancias de la liga. Es la segunda suspensión que Irving recibe en años consecutivos y lógicamente, esto es preocupante para el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys.

Las últimas dos temporadas hemos visto a Irving convertirse en una pieza de suma importancia para la defensiva. El año pasado, Irving consiguió siete sacks (capturas) en sólo ocho juegos y se convirtió en un caza cabezas muy efectivo.

Demostrando ser uno de los jugadores más talentosos de su posición en la NFL, es difícil imaginar el futuro del #95 en la liga. Tras recibir un tender de segunda ronda hace unos meses (explico que es eso aquí), el futuro de Irving es muy incierto. Por eso, esta semana en Cowboys en Español, exploraremos tres escenarios posibles para el defensivo de 24 años.

#1 David Irving se va de Dallas prematuramente

Hace unos días, me dediqué a defender mi posición de que los Cowboys estarían cometiendo un error al cortar a David Irving. A pesar de que realmente despedirse de un defensivo como Irving parece muy poco probable, es un escenario que debemos discutir.

Irving ha sido un dolor de cabeza para el equipo en más de una ocasión. Dos suspensiones en años consecutivos no es una buena imagen para un jugador que busca un contrato jugoso al terminar el año.

Si Jason Garrett y la administración quieren "dar un mensaje" cortando a David Irving, ¿qué tanto serviría? Esta idea de enviar un mensaje, a la hora de pensarlo fríamente, parece una idea romántica de parte de nosotros los fans. Al final de cuentas, estamos hablando de un locker room lleno de jugadores adultos y profesionales, no de un grupo de niños.

Además, bien sabemos todos que Irving no es el único Cowboy que ha tenido problemas. ¿Será el hecho de que ha ocurrido dos años seguidos razón suficiente para dejarlo ir? Personalmente, no lo creo. Los Cowboys dejarían ir a un jugador muy bueno en una posición de necesidad.

Datone Jones, Jihad Ward y Maliek Collins podrán ser suficiente. Pero David Irving es especial en el campo. Mejor tenerlo por 12 juegos a tenerlo cero.

#2 Irving se queda para el 2018, pero no más allá

David Irving recibió un contrato de un año que le pagaba (antes de ser suspendido) 2.91 millones de dólares. Si hubiera demostrado que no era problemático y que podía mantenerse al 100% toda la temporada, probablemente hubiera recibido un gran contrato de los Cowboys o de otro equipo en la NFL.

Sin embargo, el dicho lo dice todo. "En la NFL, la disponibilidad es la mejor habilidad." Irving no se ha terminado de ganar la confianza necesaria para una gran extensión.

En este punto, Dallas puede esperar a que su tackle defensivo regrese de su suspensión, juegue doce juegos con ellos y les consiga un sack por juego por menos de tres millones de dólares. Después de eso, el equipo pude darse el lujo de dejarlo ir sin una extensión y verlo convertirse en un agente libre.

Does DT David Irving Have a Future With Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving (Albert Pena / CSM)

#3 Irving se queda por más de un año

En este caso, hay dos "sub-escenarios." Suponiendo que, efectivamente, Irving regresa y juega como sabemos que puede hacerlo, no será tan fácil dejarlo ir. Si llega a sorprender y demuestra que realmente es quien creemos que es y consigue diez capturas en sólo doce juegos, ¿realmente no le dará el equipo una oportunidad?

La primera opción sería asignarle la etiqueta franquicia y obligarlo a jugar un año más para un equipo que busca desesperadamente un Super Bowl.

Si se sienten cómodos dándole el salario de una etiqueta franquicia para evitar perderlo, ¿podríamos culparlos después de que les dio por ejemplo, diez capturas? Yo, personalmente, no podría hacerlo.

La otra opción, y una que podría ser la más realista, es más simple. La inmadurez y los problemas de Irving le costarán la confianza y el interés de otros equipos y es posible que en un punto, Dallas sea el único equipo que le pueda brindar seguridad de trabajo.

De esta manera, Dallas podría ofrecerle una extensión de dos, tres o más años a un precio mucho más barato que el de cualquier DT que consiga dos dígitos de sacks.

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David Irving sin duda tiene un futuro incierto delante de él. Realmente sería una sorpresa verlo fuera de Dallas en el 2018, pero más allá, quien sabe lo que pueda pasar. Por ahora, esperemos que una vez que vuelva de la suspensión, esté en forma para ir detrás de los quarterbacks oponentes.

Con un poco de suerte, quizá nos olvidaremos de esto en Noviembre.

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Is Kris Richard Actually Jason Garrett’s Replacement, Not Rod Marinelli’s?

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Is Kris Richard Jason Garrett's Replacement, Not Rod Marinelli's?

Much has already been made about the Dallas Cowboys hiring of Kris Richard. He was brought in to be this year's defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, but it's a title I don't think he will hold for long.

It has already been speculated that Kris Richard will become Rod Marinelli's successor to become the Dallas Cowboys next defensive coordinator. Marinelli in fact contemplated retirement after the completion of the 2017 season, but decided to give it another go in 2018. But, anything beyond that is unknown at this point.

It isn't that hard to believe that Kris Richard will be the Dallas Cowboys next defensive coordinator. He already has a pretty good track record as a DC from his time with the Seattle Seahawks (2015-2017). During that time, the Seahawks had one of the better defenses in the league, which is why a lot of Cowboys fans are excited about what he can do in Dallas.

This was a terrific hire by the Dallas Cowboys. Richard is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the league today and is highly respected around the league. For him to take a step back from defensive coordinator to become the DB coach/passing game coordinator in Dallas is a little confusing.

Why would he take a step back in his coaching career to come to the Dallas Cowboys?

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard

Before he agreed to come to Dallas, Richard interviewed for the head-coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts. To already be considered a head-coaching candidate tells you all you need to know about the trajectory of Richard's career. Again, why take a step back with the Cowboys?

We all know that Jerry Jones is a fantastic salesman. He must've been able to convince Richard that he has a chance at a big promotion sometime soon. But, would a promotion to defensive coordinator be enough for Richard? Does he have his eyes set on something bigger?

I know that I'm not alone, but Jason Garrett is on thin ice this season. If he doesn't at least get the Dallas Cowboys into the playoffs this year, he could be looking for a new job, which would create a vacancy at head coach. This could be the kind of opportunity Kris Richard is looking for.

I find it a little hard to believe that Kris Richard would be willingly to come coach in Dallas knowing that the entire coaching staff could be dismissed after the season if Jason Garrett isn't successful. That's not typically the kind of job security you look for, so something has to have been promised to him behind closed doors.

I know it's a lot of speculation right now, but I don't think it's completely out of the realm of possibility. Someone is going to have to replace Jason Garrett if he falters this season and Kris Richard is a logical choice. After all, it's kind of the way Garrett became the head coach of the Cowboys when he replaced Wade Phillips. Could history repeat itself?

Do you think Kris Richard is Jason Garrett's eventual replacement?



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NFC East Position Rankings: The Quarterbacks

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5 Points: Thoughts on the 2018 Dallas Cowboys Schedule 1
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The long NFL offseason is finally beginning to come to a close, with teams participating in mandatory mini-camps and training camps just a month away. Still, though, there is a lot of time left before the 2018 NFL season really begins.

With that time it's always fun to rank things and put together lists. I mean, who doesn't love a good article ranking players? Over the next few weeks I'll be ranking position groups in the NFC East to see which team comes out on top.

Today we begin with the NFC East quarterbacks, arguably the most scrutinized position group in all of sports.

4. New York Giants QB Eli Manning

Though he is the most accomplished quarterback in this division, Giants QB Eli Manning comes in last in our current rankings. Manning has seen his play decline throughout the years, even being benched in favor of Geno Smith late in 2017.

With a healthy cast of pass catchers and rookie running back Saquon Barkley surrounding him, however, Manning could be poised for improvement in 2018.

The Giants offense might be the best in the league if each game was a 7 on 7 tournament, so it will be interesting to see how Eli Manning performs this season.

3. Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith

The newest starting quarterback in the NFC East is Washington's Alex Smith, and he comes in third in our rankings. Smith has gotten the reputation as a check-down artist throughout his career thus far, but when surrounded by the right talent he can be very effective.

Smith had arguably his best season to date in 2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs, but I just don't see Washington's offense being nearly as dangerous as those Chiefs were a year ago.

To me, Smith is at best a marginal upgrade over former starter Kirk Cousins, and won't bring too much of a difference over the long haul in Washington.

2. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

Second on our list is Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. The now third year quarterback is coming off a bit of a "sophomore slump" to end his 2017 campaign, though his first season and a half warrant him our number two spot.

I expect Prescott to look like himself in 2018, especially with the improvements the Cowboys made to their offensive line. Ezekiel Elliott should be available for all 16 games, and the turnover in the receiver group gives some cause for optimism as well.

Prescott is the former Rookie of the Year and has had a good start to his career thus far, but sorry, Cowboys fans, we can all admit Dak Prescott doesn't deserve the top spot as of now.

1. Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz

The top quarterback in the NFC East right now is Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Wentz was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2017 prior to his injury, and once returning to full health Wentz should be able to impress once again.

The Eagles offense was downright dominant while Wentz was healthy, and though they did win the Super Bowl without him, Wentz brings their productivity to another level.

And with arguably the best supporting cast of the entire division, Carson Wentz is poised for success going forward.



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