Cowboys News App [Android]

Dan Quinn praises LB Jaylon Smith for coachability, leadership

has easily been the most maligned player on the Cowboys' roster for over a year now. But while many are questioning his future in Dallas, is not.

Quinn took time yesterday to praise Smith for being “excellent” to coach and someone he looks to for advice and insight on how the team is doing.

With regressing play in 2019 and an even sharper decline last year, Smith's become the favorite punching bag for many .

His tone-deaf choice this year to switch to the #9 jersey — still linked to the beloved — only made matters worse.

Dallas may have very well released Smith this if it would've offered more benefit to the . But at this point, Jaylon appears to be remaining with the Cowboys for at least one more year.

While this may be a source of frustration for some, Dan Quinn doesn't seem to mind.

It's only appropriate that Jaylon steps into a role after 's .

This is Smith's sixth year in Dallas, the longest tenure of any active on the roster. He and were both products of the but Neal has spent the last five years in Atlanta.

In fact, only and a couple of other players on the whole have more NFL years at this point than Jaylon Smith.

For and leadership to have value, though, they generally have to be backed up on the field.

Smith doesn't have the credibility of someone like Sean Lee at this point and he'll have to change that quickly if he wants to remain in Dallas beyond 2021.

In 2022, the Cowboys can Smith outright for $5 million in cap relief, or $9.2 million as a post-June-1 cut.

Frankly, it may already be too late.

Dallas has two exciting rookies at linebacker in and , plus is already seeing good things from Keanu Neal.

That said if there's anyone who can help Jaylon Smith keep his job, it's Dan Quinn.

Everyone is going to say nice things now while he's still part of the 2021 plans. We'll see how the team really feels about Jaylon next year.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

COntinue Reading


Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

> Join our team...

-- COWBOYS ANDROID APP --Free Dallas Cowboys News App for Android