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Dallas Cowboys: What’s Jason Garrett’s Job Security?



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When you think of the top coaches in football, the names that come to mind are Bill Belichick and Bruce Arians. Both coaches have aligned their teams for current and future success thanks to their quality drafts and their smart decision-making. To win a Super Bowl, a lot has to go right for a team. However, one of the biggest parts of the process is by stacking your team with talent and that's one thing Jason Garrett has actually excelled at doing.

The Dallas Cowboys have been an enigma over the course of Garrett's tenure. Ever since Garrett took over as the interim head coach in the middle of the 2010 season, the Cowboys have looked so good at times and so horrible at times. The blame is placed on Garrett for being unprepared and for having bad clock management issues. However, when play-calling was given to Scott Linehan and Garrett was given just head-coaching duties, things seemed to go really well for Dallas.

Perhaps the biggest issue over the course of Garrett's tenure has been is inability to manage the clock well. Time and time again, we see problems regarding challenges, clock, and timeouts. Fans see this and they also see his conservative play-calling and they are quick to judge Garrett. However, what they don't see is how much he means to the future of this team.

When Garrett was named head coach, he and Will McClay paired together to form a duo that has consistently brought in talented NFL prospects. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Anthony Hitchens, and Byron Jones are a few players that have been brought in under this administration.

Dallas has made the correct decisions in the past few years and if it weren't for the injuries to major stars like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick, who knows where this season could've been and where it could've went? Despite the Cowboys' forgettable 2015 season, this is still a team that could make a Super Bowl run in 2016. Simply put, the coaching staff is not the reason to blame for this season's debacle.

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  • Fatcat

    I beg to differ. …the coaching staff has most of the blame. Yeah there were start players missing but there is too much talent on this team to lose seven straight. I'm watching the Cowboys play and I'm wondering. they have a gamelan at all? Who scouted the opponents? Do they have any idea what the other team is trying to do? Also everyone was thinking that last year's offensive line was only going to carry on the same dominance this year. ..but we lost the O line coach. makes a difference. I like Jason Garrett but I think he was much better at calling plays. All he ever talks about is getting players that play the right way. .how about getting some coaches that can breakdown game film and come up with a plan of attack

  • cjprine

    I have never been a fan Jason Garrett, but I don't think this season is all on him! I look at the coordinators first! Defense….. Watching last week's defense come out fired up and actually attacking! I screamed where was that all year— to long has our dbs consistently asked to play 7 yds off receivers and letting the opposing QB pick us apart!
    Offense— I think linnehan didn't handle the transition of QBs in his game plan! IMO to vanilla and to worried of mistakes! I get risk/reward and field position but you have to be willing to throttle it

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  • DBOYZwv

    cjprineI have never been a fan Jason Garrett, but I don't think this season is all on him! I look at the coordinators first! Defense….. Watching last week's defense come out fired up and actually attacking! I screamed where was that all year— to long has our dbs consistently asked to play 7 yds off receivers and letting the opposing QB pick us apart!
    Offense— I think linnehan didn't handle the transition of QBs in his game plan! IMO to vanilla and to worried of mistakes! I get risk/reward and field position but you have to be willing to throttle it

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    That's 1 thing rod did was blitz more this past game. Look at the difference it made cousins could never get set up and throw unlike the other games . I was like you screaming where was it all year lol.

  • cjprine

    Don't worry we went right back to our normal defense. We cannot get any pressure. I say fire the coordinators!

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  • Blue Star

    I never liked Jason Garrett either. Jerry just wont fire him so easily. How the heck did Bill Callahan go the rival, Pathetic.

  • bryan08252

    I think Linehan is gone, and should be. Way too predictable. For example: jumbo package at goal line. I don't recall seeing a fake then throw to FB or TE that slipped out. It's ALWAYS a run up the gut. I think Linehan was a victim of circumstance last year. Who could screw up last year with the way the line and RB gelled? Plus you had healthy Romo. This year Linehan's flaws are showing.

    I think Rod should go too. I think the D is improved but I don't like they way it's deployed. I love Rod's fire, but you can't keep trying to get a square peg into a round hole. Our receivers NEVER press. Can we jam the opposing receivers? I saw Wilcox jam a GB receiver last night once when they came out in trips left. It was great! IIRC Rodgers had to take off running because it disrupted the pattern. More of that please!!!

    I think Garrett is safe, even though we should have won at least 2 more games without Romo. But the team plays hard for him. If Jerry didn't give him that extension last off season, he might have been gone this year. But I don't see it. If next year is a repeat of this year, he's gone.

  • Zac Fields

    Agreed with you Bryan except for Rod Marinelli. I think he's doing a fine job, but we aren't running his defense completely because we don't have the right d-backs for it. We need guys who can play zone coverage, not guys who HAVE to play man all the time because they aren't smart enough to play zone. Marinelli's defense generates turnovers in zone coverage, but that's not what he's been able to use. When they use zone coverage, our d-backs get confused and give up plays constantly.

    I think Marinelli stays for one more year and there will be an overhaul of the defensive backs this offseason. Linehan needs to go.

  • bryan08252

    Yeah Zac, I agree out DBs can't run Rod's defense. Sometimes when I write my responses, I don't make all my points or use all my reasons. Must be the old age!

  • cjprine

    If they can't run zone, then cut them! Get people that can run your scheme! Or coach them up! Our secondary has been garbage well before rod came into town!

    My problem with rod is Rodgers pretty much did the same thing against last year!! We didn't blitz, he pretty much was able to pick us apart when he needed to

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  • maxdallasfan

    Unfortunately it's more secure than most of us want

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

Cowboys en Español: Nuevas Contrataciones, ¿Podría Ser Allen Hurns la Siguiente?

It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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