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Should The Dallas Cowboys Show Interest In QB Josh McCown?

RJ Ochoa

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Once upon a time the Dallas Cowboys reportedly showed some serious interest in quarterback Josh McCown. These were the days of 2016’s Training Camp, just shortly before the Dak Prescott era officially began in Cowboys Land.

Rumors were – at the time – that Dallas was interested in trading for McCown, who was then employed by the Cleveland Browns, after Tony Romo‘s Preseason Week 3 injury last year. The move would have given the Cowboys some established veteran presence, if you believe that what McCown brings in that capacity is worth having. Now it can be had for far less than a trade would have cost, as McCown is on his way out of Cleveland.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Browns are releasing QB Josh McCown, source says.

The Cowboys are in an interesting place with the quarterback position. They have established starter – and Offensive Rookie of the Year – Dak Prescott who is here to stay, Tony Romo with a situation that will unfold this offseason, and then a couple of question marks in Kellen Moore and Mark Sanchez.

I’ve pounded the table here at Inside The Star that due to Dak Prescott’s relationship with Mark Sanchez, the Sanchize should stay; however, what if the Cowboys look elsewhere? Could McCown be a realistic option? Should he be?

Josh McCown

McCown, drafted in the 3rd Round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, made himself relevant once again with a 348-yard and 4 touchdowns performance against the Cowboys as a Chicago Bear in 2013, and has only won two games since during stops in Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He has yet to reach the four touchdown mark in a game since that fateful day in December 2013.

The truth of the matter at backup quarterback is that you’re not likely going to have someone who is supremely talented at the position. Cowboys Nation was spoiled in this regard when we had Tony Romo at the ready, but that is the outlier as far as normal circumstances are concerned. McCown’s glaring inefficiencies since his big day against Dallas were collectively a big reason that the interest in him a season ago was curious at best, but sometimes “curious at best” is all you can get from a backup quarterback; however, it’s not worth it with Josh.

Dallas is far better suited to stick with a quarterback that knows their system and knows Dak as far as backing him up is concerned. Both Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore are much more viable options for QB2 than Josh McCown could ever be. I mean, the Browns said they’d had enough of him. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.

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  • Randy Martin

    At times, when pressed into starting duties McCown has shown that he can come in and fling the ball pretty well. Over his career He has 79 TD’s and 69 INT’s. But the dynamic has changed here with the emergence of Dak. I think we can all agree that Romo is gone one way or another but the possibility still exists, however small that he takes a cut in pay and remains a backup. I think of all the possibilities of playing destinations staying in Dallas still presents the best opportunity to get a ring. But I think we would be fooling ourselves to think he is on the roster in 2017. I have heard talk of Kellen Moore becoming a coach as early as 2017 but how true that is I don’t know. I do not want to judge Sanchez as a Cowboy based on his one performance so I won’t take that into consideration. I did see him sitting next to Dak on the bench going over plays a lot last season but it might not be needed as much this season. And of course there has also been the talk of drafting another QB to develop. In the end, I think it’s all gonna shake out well and we will covered at the QB position.

  • Russ_Te

    The adage is have a veteran backup QB if you are a contender. So you still have a chance to win a playoff game if your starter gets hurt – see 1993 NFC title game with Bernie Kosar coming in and icing the game with a TD to Alvin Harper, when Aikman went out with a knee to helmet.

    So it’s all on Sanchez to either start looking like that guy, or the job is probably open to a veteran free agent the Cowboys can bring in. My sense is that Sanchez can be that player and just needs more reps in this offense. But he has to look that way in the 2017 preseason IMO.

    If – if – Moore recovers entirely from the leg, I like his moxy and it’s not a bad #3 talent. Small QB’s like Doug Flutie and Pat Haden were able to have good stints in the NFL, so it’s not impossible.

  • George_Johnson

    I think Tony will likely leave. I would not bring in McCown. I would let K Moore and M Sanchez compete for the 2nd team QB position in 2017. I think K Moore is likely to beat out Sanchez. I also believe Dallas was lucky last year for Dak to get a chance to play and establish himself as the first team QB for the future. If K Moore had been starting my guess is he would have won a lot of games and would have done well. He would have fit well in the Dallas offense and been a good game manager type QB who could have consistently made the short to intermediate passes all over the field to multiple receivers. Dak probably would not have gotten off the bench. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think K Moore would have done as well as Dak actually did and it would have been harder for K Moore because K Moore is not a dual threat QB like Dak and does not have the arm strength Dak does. Romo would also have likely been given his first team position back after he recovered and we would likely have Romo as # 1, K Moore as #2 and Dak Prescott as # 3 going into 2017/2018.

  • dallas1966

    I think the Cowboys need to bring Sanchez back. Sanchez would the perfect sounding board for Dak. Won’t have a Romo-Orton, situation.

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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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

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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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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job

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Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job 1

By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be.

Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success.

One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed.

Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason.

Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates For Cowboys Vacant OL Coach Job

Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders.

Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson.

Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin.

Mike Solari and Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach.

Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches.

Goodberry on Twitter

Paul Alexander better be gone

Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88.

From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned.

He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position.

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Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin

Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track.

Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search.

Tell us what you think about “Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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