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Did Injury Hijack Jason Garrett’s Offense in 2008?

Bryson Treece

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I don’t know everything about football, not by a long shot. All I know is when I see something that doesn’t work, and I usually want whoever to stop doing whatever isn’t working; no big surprise there.

But I’m not totally on-board with the “Fire Garrett” sentiments that I’ve been hearing from fellow fans.

I do think his offense is too vanilla for this league, but I have a hard time believing that he can’t change to go with it. Just look at the coaching changes he endured as a player in Dallas, that alone is enough evidence for me that he can adapt as needed to what an offense needs to do, that he can see how an opposing defense helps to dictate the scheme an offense uses.

Help me out here, though, does he really need to change his offensive scheme? Is it really his playbook that is the problem? Or could be something else?

It’s no doubt by now that something has to be figured out, and something has to be done about the problems that plagued this team last year, but being so quick to fire the Offensive Coordinator because the offense didn’t trounce on every team in the NFL seems a bit of a stretch.

This December gets a pass that no December in recent Cowboys history got, playing nothing but the best defenses in the league week in and week out. That has to account for something, right?

The injuries didn’t help either, but you can’t say that a lot of it was injuries because of all injuries on the offense this year, only four starting quality players were really affected. I’m not counting Jason Witten here, he was injured, but he also played through the injuries without too many issues.

First Felix Jones is hurt, then is hurt worse during rehab, then gone for the season. that certainly made things tougher for Garrett since he no longer had any speed on the offense at all, especially not on the ground. Then Romo goes out for three weeks, leaving Brad Johnson as the quarterback, insert your own derogatory comments about him here.

he wasn’t quite the veteran backup that Jerry Jones had envisioned, I’m sure, and I doubt he could have been a positive influence on young Tony Romo either.

And even coming back after only three weeks, Romo was still limited by the splint and healing finger. Though he did seem to do quite well during that time, maybe the splint held him back a bit, and saved the mishaps from him trying to do too much with a dead play.

Then Barber goes out, but wait, Choice actually rose to the challenge and did good starting as the teams only healthy back. Really, it says more about next year than anything.

Add in Kyle Kosier going down for most of the season, which left the other four starters on the line trying to compensate for Proctor, and you’ve got a few problems for Garrett to work out.

What kills me, and we all know this, that every team has certain things they do because of the personnel they have, the players. Garrett never made any noticeable changes to the offense no matter what players were hurt or not playing at all. Seems like if you have an offense designed for a specific group of guys, and one or two or three of those guys go down with injuries, your offense should change to fit whoever is playing.

Is it just me, or did he not ever seem to do that? It’s a weekly process, game planning, and he didn’t seem to do a lot to help out when it was needed most.

Help me out folks, help me understand what the problem is with that whole situation.

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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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