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Dallas Cowboys Have Work To Do In ’10

Bryson Treece

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It’s the year 2010, and in just a few weeks we’ll cross the official starting point of the NFL’s 2010 League Year. The Cowboys lost another lopsided one to end their season but unlike the ’08 season, 2009 saw a Wild Card round victory before they bowed out to the Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round.

Seems like old news by now, doesn’t it?

That’s because in the NFL even the off season is full of transactions. It’s business as usual. Who cares that it’s an uncapped year, there still hasn’t been any movement toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA, or that some proposed rule changes might permanently hobble this game we all love so much?

For those just too curious to stand it, I’m referring to the possibility of eliminating the 3-point stance. Not getting into it here, but I will say that as ridiculous as it sounds now, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have done equally surprising things to the rules before.

So we’ve got a bit of a drought of football action right now. I must say that I’m surprised by that. I figured since the Saints—America’s New Team—won the Super Bowl that the world would have partied itself into a giant collapse the likes of which only the Movie 2012 has depicted cheering the very chant of retardation—Who Dat. Seriously? Former Cowboys and Never Cowboys alike can say all they want that Dallas isn’t America’s Team but the fact remains, The Dallas Cowboys are the most popular franchise in this or any other sport. Deal with it Fujita.

The draft is the next big step toward getting the 2010 season kicked off technically, but in my mind there are much more pressing matters to attend to. First and foremost being how do we deal with the not-short-enough list of free agents in Dallas?

Thankfully all but one are restricted and can’t just up and leave for any deal that gets thrown their way, though I’d like to see Montrae Holland stick around too; he’s been a good lineman for us when we’ve needed him. A far cry better than that pudgy waste of a roster spot Cory Proctor. He’s one restricted free agent I think we should be happy to get rid of, finally, finally. F – I – N -A – L – L – Y.

But the biggest questions in free agency for us this year aren’t exactly like the biggest questions from years past.

There is no Terrell Owens or similarly harmful locker room cancer to cut, there aren’t any thugs playing football star to 86, and there aren’t any glaring holes we need to fill with some overpaid big-shot on the open market. No, it’s much simpler than that.

Our biggest free agency transaction will start and end right here in Dallas, or technically in Carrollton, Texas at Valley Ranch, but you get the jist.

We’ve got to get a pile of cash to throw at Miles Austin. You know, the NFC’s leading receiver with 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. I’ve maintained all along this as-of-yet short off season that we cannot just give him the giant contract he would be happy to have at this point. We have to be smarter about it.

The truth is that he’s going to get a truck load of cash no matter what team gives it to him, but Dallas has his loyalty. It’s kind of a tit for tat arrangement in that we stuck with him through his first few unspectacular and injury prone years and gave him a chance to shine, which he did. I think that warrants him obliging any cautious side Jerry Jones might have.

Then again, it is an uncapped year and that does mean the money isn’t as tight as we’re all so painfully used to. Not at Jerry World.

Speaking of which, is anyone else as angry as I am to continually hear the NBA All-Star game is being played in Dallas? Last I checked, and I did grow up there once upon a time, Arlington isn’t even in Dallas county, let alone the city of Dallas. Hell, the old Texas Stadium isn’t even in Dallas, it’s in Irving, Texas. To finish my rant I’ll just say that I, for one, did not vote to have the new stadium built in Arlington just to see the city name completely stonewalled in advertisements. Kind of defeats the purpose of the city agreeing to the whole deal.

So where was I? Oh, so we need to move forward in a way that exudes some kind of sense. I realize that this is entirely dependent upon the long shot that good ole Jerrah, former oil man, has a cautious side, but I like to think of myself as an optimist, sue me.

We shouldn’t be committing to a huge contract that spans more than a year or two. It’s just not the right time for that.

I’ve been reading online of specific references made to how New Orleans handled Marques Colston after his breakout season, the season in which I found myself extremely pleased over my mid-year waiver wire pickup and the cache of points he netted me. So let’s use that same reference here.

The biggest difference of all between Colston and Austin is one that I’ve yet to hear any credible media members mention—I’m using the word credible loosely—Colston’s breakout season was his rookie year, was Austin’s?

That would be a no.

Even though they had a guy who never showed them he was anything but a player, they still went the safe route with a meager contract to see if he would continue his production after the first year. Austin is now facing his second Dallas contract to expire, so why not take it safe with him as well?

Give him the franchise tag, hell give him a one year deal worth the franchise tag. I hear it’s going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 mil. I’m not arguing that he doesn’t deserve it.

I’m just trying to say that we’ve already got one truckload of cash tied up in Roy Williams, and that move hasn’t really worked out so well for us. I’m just worried that with Toyota halting manufacturing that there won’t be any good trucks left to haul the cash, leaving only the ones with no brakes remaining—again, see Roy E. Williams.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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