Jason Garrett is in the middle of his 3rd off season as O.C. with the Dallas Cowboys, and while the jury is still out on his coaching abilities this upcoming season is looking very promising for the Princeton Grad.
Garrett's first year in this position was a smash hit! Everyone wanted a piece of the "Golden Boy". One miserable year later, many in Cowboy nation have lost faith in him and his abilities. The 2009-10 season is a big season, not only for the Cowboys but for Jason as well.
The offensive struggles last year have been beaten to death. The better question to ask when talking about last years team is "what did not go wrong?" The offense became very one dimensional, slow to develop, and down right disgusting at times! This team appeared to only look for the big play, and disregarded what the defense was giving them. There are many feet that those issues can be placed in front of (Injuries, T.O., Romo) none would be more deserving than Jason Garrett though. What happened to all the pre-snap movement by T.O. ? What happened to Romo just throwing to who was open no matter who it was? What happened to the running the edges and then pounding Barber when the defense was tired? While as much as I could twist all of these answers to be the fault of one Terrell Owens (and be correct) I am not going to do that. Jason Garrett was and is in charge of the offense! It is his decisions that caused these failures.
Jason Garrett grew tired of T.O. and his "Getcha Popcorn Ready" crap! This is not a issue that is up for debate, this is a fact! Garrett however failed this team and his employer by the way he handled the situation. The O.C. threw up his hands and tried to prove a point, not only to T.O. but to everyone else as well! The point was simple! T.O. alone can not bring a championship to Dallas, as a matter of fact he holds no more weight than any of the other 52 players on the roster! I believe that while he was not trying to lose games, he wanted to show us all and mostly T.O. that the game he talked, was not the game he played! Therefore the more he talked the more "just throw it to T.O." play book was used. No one can make me believe that a guy with the intelligence of Jason Garrett is so unintelligent that he could not see what was going wrong with this unit!
This year thanks to Jerry finally seeing the light on the personalities of some of his players. Jason should be able to run the offense the way he wants to run it, without some blabbering fool screaming on the sidelines, and in ridiculous interviews with Dione Sanders, and Stephen A. Smith! Jason Garrett can and will prove us all wrong this year and return this offense back to prominence! Garrett knows as much as anybody about what it takes to win! While he was not the most gifted QB to ever play in Dallas it is my opinion that he was the smartest! As great as Troy Aikman was he relied heavily on Jason! Jason knows what the reason behind the offensive greatness was of those 90's teams. It was execution! The playbook Norv used in those years is the same one he uses today, you can watch a chargers game and see the same plays being called that were called in 1993, and they still work! The difference in the teams is not in the abilities of the players, but in the work that the players put in!
So how does all of this have anything to do with Jason Garrett and the way he prepares the team? EVERYTHING! it has everything to do with Jason. He proved to the team and to Jerry that this teams problems have everything to do with everyone working together, and nothing to do with the scheme! Every player on this team now knows and understands this. They all know that the "team" will not put up with dissension! So now that Garrett has every bodies attention we will see the fruits of it. Jason will get Romo back to being Romo, and back to slants,outs,curls with the occasional post route, thrown to who ever is open! Garrett has all the weapons he needs and these are his guys!
While I would love to say this team will be unstoppable this year and will win the Super Bowl, I cannot. What I will say however is that they will be fun to watch!
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
What to Expect from Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Group in 2019
In a span of a week, the Dallas Cowboys have solidified their wide receiver group with the resigning of Tavon Austin to a one year deal and the signing of former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb. Despite the loss of Cole Beasley, the Cowboys have a created a really good group of receivers for Quarterback Dak Prescott to throw to.
Cobb joins a really nice group of players that includes incumbent starters on the outside in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as well as solid depth players in Austin, Allen Hurns, and Noah Brown. Throw in Cedric Wilson, the Dallas Cowboys sixth round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft and the Cowboys may have one of the deeper receiving corps in the NFL.
The question is, how will the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff delineate the roles?
Let's take a look.
As I mentioned before, the Dallas Cowboys are returning their top two options on the outside in Amari Cooper, who is the X wide receiver and Michael Gallup, the Z receiver. Both players will go into week one as the starters at their respective positions in two-wide receiver formations.
Despite some of the overthrows from Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup, Gallup had a really nice rookie season and got better as the year went along, even leading the Cowboys in receiving in the playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. In that game, Gallup recorded the first 100 yard game of his career. Sure, it was in an attempt to comeback by the Dallas Cowboys, but it is impressive nonetheless. His touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks the week before was clutch. The Cowboys needed that to take the lead at the end of the first half. 2018 was only the beginning for Michael Gallup. He showed an ability to win with a full offseason to work with Dak Prescott, their chemistry and connection should only improve.
As for Cooper, his presence was felt right away as the offense just looked different once he stepped on the field. It's no coincidence that Dak Prescott's two best career games in terms of passing yardage came with Cooper in 2018. He's such a threat that he opens up space for the rest of the wide receiver group. His route running, speed, ability to run after the catch make him a threat to score any time he's targeted.
Behind Cooper and Gallup, you have options in the event that one of them gets hurt. Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, and Noah Brown are all players who took snaps on the outside for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and did so with effectiveness. Hurns best game of the year came just before the Cooper deal was made as he went for five receptions for 75 yards.
Tavon provided down field speed on several occasions and provides some gadget quality that the Dallas Cowboys love to have. Noah Brown is a player that the Dallas Cowboys love to deploy as a blocker in the running game. While it looked like he might get more run in the passing game in 2019, the depth additions will limit him again to a specialty role. If needed, though, he could be an option to take snaps on the outside as his big frame allows him to box out defensive backs down the field.
There will be snaps on the outside for someone when the Cowboys go to 11 personnel, because of Amari Cooper's ability to slide into the slot.
Obviously, the writing is on the wall with who the Dallas Cowboys are planning on deploying in the slot as things stand right now, and that's Randall Cobb.
While Cobb should be penciled in as the starter in the slot, I doubt that he's going to get 100% of the snaps there in 11 or 10 personnel groupings. Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson could all push for playing time from the slot.
Last month, I wrote a piece about Allen Hurns and his effectiveness in the slot and why the Cowboys should feature him there. With Cobb coming off an injury laden season, the Cowboys would be wise to give some snaps to Hurns along with Tavon Austin.
In Jacksonville, Hurns was incredibly effective from the slot running posts, slants, and ins and outs. His size and route running made him an effective mismatch against linebackers, safeties, and cornerbacks alike. Remember, it wasn't long ago that Hurns had a 1,000 yard season with Blake Bortles at the helm.
Tavon Austin's quickness is an asset that could be very effective in the slot as well. Though he lacks size, he's a player that opposing defenses have to account for because of his ability to make big plays once the ball's in his hands.
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The Cowboys haven't been shy about carrying seven wide receivers on their 53-man rosters and it's possible, though unlikely that they could do it again in 2018. As things stand now, I see Noah Brown and Cedric Wilson as the potential odd men out. Of course, this could all get reshuffled if the Dallas Cowboys use a top 100 pick on a wide receiver in the draft.
With Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, and Randall Cobb only under contract through the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to invest at the position despite the strength of the position in 2019.
Report: Dallas Cowboys Set to Meet with Safety George Iloka
As the Dallas Cowboys continue the process of building a roster capable of taking them back to the playoffs, and hopefully to a Super Bowl, this next season, they’re bringing in another safety to try and strengthen their top 10 defense. This time it’s free agent safety George Iloka, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys are set to meet with
The #Cowboys are hosting former #Vikings and #Bengals safety George Iloka for a visit tomorrow, source said. They're still looking to add in the secondary.
It will be the third meeting this week that they’ve had with a veteran safety after hosting recently resigned Indianapolis’s colts Safety Clayton Geathers and former Kansas City Chiefs Safety Eric Berry.
The Cowboys feel really good about Xavier Woods at safety, but definitely could use some depth at the position as they head toward the 2019 NFL Draft.
Iloka is coming off a season where he was relegated to a reserve role for the Vikings. In five of the last six seasons, Iloka’s played all 16 games, and the one season he didn’t, he played 12. He has nine career interceptions, and has three seasons with more than 70 total tackles.
Back in August of last year, Brian Martin argued that the Dallas Cowboys should pursue Iloka after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals. He would play the strong or box safety role in the Cowboys defense if they were to come to an agreement.
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