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Dallas Cowboys: Getting Back To The 2014 Blueprint

For a period of time, the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t seem to get away from the 8-8 record, until finally in 2014 they finished with a 12-4 winning season. Unfortunately, the numbers 12 and 4 would pop up again in 2015, but this time the numbers flip-flopped which resulted in the Cowboys finishing with a 4-12 record and having one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The 2014 blueprint that the Cowboys used should once again work for the organization in 2016. There are number reasons why you can take comfort in the fact that this is the direction that head coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the coaching staff believe that this is the best course of action to take. The Cowboys offense carried the entire team in 2014 and helped them go undefeated on the road (8-0).

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For a period of time, the Dallas Cowboys couldn't seem to get away from the 8-8 record, until finally in 2014 they finished with a 12-4 winning season. Unfortunately, the numbers 12 and 4 would pop up again in 2015, but this time the numbers flip-flopped which resulted in the Cowboys finishing with a 4-12 record and having one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

The 2014 blueprint that the Cowboys used should once again work for the organization in 2016. There are number reasons why you can take comfort in the fact that this is the direction that head coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the coaching staff believe that this is the best course of action to take.

The Cowboys offense carried the entire team in 2014 and helped them go undefeated on the road (8-0). Running back DeMarco Murray, quarterback Tony Romo, and wide receiver Dez Bryant all had career years and it's not so far-fetched that they should be able to use that blueprint in 2016 and have the same type of success.

The blueprint that was used a few seasons ago started and ended with the success of the running game. DeMarco Murray was used heavily and had 392 rushing attempts for 1845 rushing yards and scored 13 rushing touchdowns. Murray also had 57 receptions for 416 receiving yards.

Tony Romo also  enjoyed one of the best years of his career because of the 2014 blueprint. He had the best completion percentage of his career (69.9) and passer rating (113.2). Romo also threw for 3705 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. He might have benefited from a strong rushing attack more than anybody, but you could make an argument that Dez Bryant benefited just as much.

Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys: Getting Back To The 2014 BlueprintBryant without a doubt had the best season of his entire career in 2014. He finished the season with 88 receptions for 1320 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

16 touchdowns!? Are you kidding? That is an incredible number for any receiver and I think it can all be attributed to the blueprint I keep mentioning.

A strong running game is the key ingredient for this blueprint to work and probably the main reason why the Cowboys decided to draft Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Elliott is heavily utilized in his rookie season, with the hope of re-creating the blueprint that worked so well in 2014.

In fact, I personally think that 1400 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from Elliott wouldn't be an unreasonable task for him to complete in his rookie season. I mean, Darren McFadden rushed for over 1000 yards despite not being the starter until later in the season and Elliott is a much better fit for the zone blocking scheme than McFadden could ever dream of being.

The blueprint used in 2014 is really similar to what the Dallas Cowboys used back in the early 90s when they last hoisted the Lombardi trophy. It actually makes a lot of sense that this is the way head coach Jason Garrett wants his team to emulate that early 1990s Cowboys team, especially considering Garrett was front row and center during that time as Troy Aikman's backup QB.

The offense is going to commit to the running game and use play action to improve the passing game. It really puts opposing defenses in a bind because they have to make sure they are covering the entire field and not committing an extra defender in the box to stop the running game.

This blueprint also helps out the Cowboys defense because the offense will be able to  control the clock, which in turn should help the defense by allowing them more rest in between defensive series. The fact that the 2015 defense performed admirably despite very little help from the offense, should give fans hope that they can do just as well in 2016.

Of course, all of this really depends on whether or not Ezekiel Elliott is the type of running back that we all believe he is and whether or not Tony Romo and Dez Bryant can return 100% healthy and stay that way throughout the 2016 season.

So, do you think the Cowboys will be closer to 12-4 if they return to the 2014 blueprint that worked so well for them or 4-12?

Personally, I have them finishing closer to 12-4 in 2016 and think they finish the season with a 10-6 record and winning the NFC East division.



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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

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Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

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Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

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Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

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Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

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Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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