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Doug Pederson’s Success Will Make Jason Garrett’s Seat Hotter

Mauricio Rodriguez

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On Sunday Night, the Philadelphia Eagles held the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history. Despite key players like Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks suffering season-ending injuries, they made things happen. And the Eagles taught the Cowboys a lesson they must learn from.

Those players will be back in 2018, and the Eagles will be a football team the NFC East should fear in the coming years. Unfortunately, it won't be just about a talented roster.

Doug Pederson proved to be a hell of a coach this year, and his aggressive coaching got the city of Philadelphia its first ring.

“You learn if you play passive, if you play conservative, if you call plays conservatively, you are going to be 8-8, 9-7 every year.” Doug Pederson to Sport Illustrated's Peter King.

As Cowboys fans, we know how painfully true these words are.

And yet, the Dallas Cowboys will go into the 2018 NFL season with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli in charge. Despite comments by Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and his coaching staff will be on the hot seat next season. It'll be a determining year for this franchise. Heck, I wouldn't even be surprised to see a mid-season firing if Dallas begins its season losing.

Possibly, at some point in the season, the Cowboys will look back and realize they should've made a change at the head coach position.

One of the main reasons for this is Doug Pederson -- the guy who walked into the U.S. Bank Stadium to defeat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady with Nick Foles, a back-up quarterback who became the Super Bowl LII MVP.

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Philadelphia Eagles HC Doug Pederson, Owner Jeffrey Lurie, QB Nick Foles

Pederson has everything he needs to dominate the NFC East for a long time. The way they built a quality football team, the way they kept focused, and the way they made it possible for Nick Foles to lead an offense in the postseason, is enough proof.

If Garrett doesn't prove he can beat Doug Pederson's Eagles this year, it will only give the Cowboys more reasons to fire him and look for someone new to coach the team in the future.

For Dallas, it always feels like everyone has to be 100% healthy in order to be capable of competing. After watching what Philadelphia was able to pull off, though, the Sean Lee and Tyron Smith excuses can't be acceptable.

Pederson couldn't have said it any better.

Conservative coaching will get you to an 8-8, 9-7 record every time. Garrett has had a couple of good runs for the Cowboys, but that simply isn't enough.

For now, we know who'll be the head coach for America's Team to open the 2018 season. Let's hope he and his process proves us all wrong. Even though it doesn't feel like it will.

Tell me what you think about "Doug Pederson’s Success Will Make Jason Garrett’s Seat Hotter" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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9 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    We got to see what the final product was after an aggressive off season from the eagles, going back to free agency, to the draft, and trades. Cowboys did absolutely nothing which led to an ending product of nothing Thanks Jerry

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      It’s a tough offseason to do, but hopefully they find a way to work things out over the following months.

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  • Ervinlang318

    A football team is a reflection of its Head Coach. Jason Garrett is our head Coach.
    I looked at Philly and we look nothing like that team. They seem hungry, aggressive, tough,violent,skillful,muscles,and crazy.

    • Tamzombren Lauderdale

      Well said bruh

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Nothing but respect for Doug Pederson, he’s been amazing and should definitely give the Cowboys something to think about. Thank you for reading !

      • Ervinlang318

        No Thank You for a Great Article

  • Tamzombren Lauderdale

    We just watched a team go from having the 2nd overall pic n the draft 2 winning the SB n 2yrs,& they did it without their LT & starting QB,meanwhile we cant seem 2 win a gm when our LB who’s always missing is missing, & when our left tackle is out we give up 6 sacks to 1 guy, our front office & HC are jokes !! We wont win again until JJ retires or dies !! Which ever 1 comes 1st !

  • Russ_Te

    Jimmy: Lombardi in 4 years
    Payton: Lombardi in 4 years
    Pederson: Lombardi in 2 years
    Garrett: 1-2 post-season, no title games / 7 years

    The guy is Marvin Lewis… ;^)

    SO pleased to see the cheating, Evil Empire lose yesterday. Brady will be 41 if returning for 2018. We saw Aikman, Bledsoe, Romo, Testaverde and Payton Manning fall apart physically before that age. He’s going to be upright with a live arm for next year’s playoffs?

    Don’t think so. The Patriots lucky, dishonest run as a dynasty is over.

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Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts

Sean Martin

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Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts

For the first time since 2003, the Dallas Cowboys were shutout on Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Their five game winning streak snapped, the Cowboys also saw their chances at clinching the NFC East dashed before the late kickoffs. Needing both a Redskins and Eagles loss to win the division without the benefit of a win themselves, the Redskins kept their playoff hopes alive with a walk off field goal at the Jaguars.

Washington Quarterback Josh Johnson won his second start since 2013 with 151 yards and one touchdown. The Redskins aren't the only NFC East team playing with a backup QB, as the Eagles must once again rally around Nick Foles against the Rams to extend their shot at the playoffs on Sunday Night Football. 

The Cowboys certainly didn't deserve a celebration of any kind after their performance at the Colts. An emotional letdown after a win streak that featured triumphs over the Eagles twice, Redskins, and Saints, the Cowboys were slowed to a complete stop on offense while struggling fundamentally on defense.

Uncharacteristic missed tackles and lack of pressure on Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck allowed Indianapolis to turn a 10-0 halftime lead into an easy 23-0 win. Defending their home field, the Colts came out like a team still fighting for their playoff lives, while Dallas played like a team knowing two more chances at winning the division are still to come.

Instead of being able to watch and root against the Eagles tonight, the Cowboys can focus on not letting an embarrassing loss define a season that'll still end on a high note should they defeat the Buccaneers or Giants. A week 16 or 17 win automatically seals the division for the Cowboys, even with the Redskins improving to 7-7 moments before the Colts secured their shutout.

It was a masterful performance from Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus, preparing his team against Scott Linehan's offense to disrupt the momentum of one of the league's hottest teams.

Praising the Redskins for defeating a Jaguars team the Cowboys handled 40-7 much earlier in the season is hardly the situation Cowboys Nation wants to be in right now, but the team still has everything in front of them once Sunday's sixth loss is put behind them.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys NFC East Title Put on Hold with Redskins Win, Shutout Loss at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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IND 23, DAL 0: Cowboys Get Shut Out, Embarrassed by Colts

Jess Haynie

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Is Dak Prescott's Relationship with Scott Linehan Broken?

The Dallas Cowboys must think they've already won the NFC East, because they looked like a team with nothing to play for today. The result was an embarrassing 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Cowboys were shut out for the first time since the 2003 season, which was Jason Witten's rookie year.

Dallas squandered a major time-of-possession advantage in the first half, finishing three drives with a blocked field goal, punt, and a failed 4th-and-1 play near the Colts' goal line. Indianapolis capitalized on their own drives and took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

The Colts got the ball back to start the third quarter and drove down for another touchdown. Down 17-0, Dallas responded with a weak drive and a punt. The game felt out of reach even then, with the Cowboys just looking flat from that point forward.

Ezekiel Elliott had 87 rushing yards 41 receiving for some empty production. Amari Cooper won't be winning any awards this week, held to just four catches for 32 yards.

Dak Prescott completed 62% of his passes for 206 yards. He was sacked three times and threw a late interception; an overthrown ball got tipped by the receiver and picked off on the team's final offensive series.

While the offense was especially bad today, the defense wasn't much better. Dallas surrendered 139 yards rushing yards and two touchdown to Colts RB Marlon Mack, who hadn't had a 100-yard game since October. Andrew Luck wasn't sacked and went virtually untouched the entire day.

The Cowboys could have taken the NFC East with a win, but they didn't come close. Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call with the postseason only a few weeks away.

Other Notes

  • With the Redskins defeating the Jaguars today, Dallas will have to wait until next week to try to clinch the NFC East. The Cowboys needed losses by both Washington and Philadelphia if they didn't win themselves. The Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.
  • The Cowboys will get some softer competition to finish the year, hosting the Buccaneers next week and then going to play the Giants in Week 17.
  • With the Bears defeating the Packers today and moving to 10-4, they will likely stay the #3 seed in the playoffs. That means Dallas, assuming they do win the NFC East, will almost certainly be hosting the 5th-seeded Seahawks in the first round.
  • Jaylon Smith led the Cowboys with 11 tackles, but neither he or Leighton Vander Esch were making the big plays that we've grown accustomed to.
  • Xavier Woods had the highlight play on defense, delivering a perfect hit to dislodge the ball from Colts TE Eric Ebron and stop a potential big gain.
  • Blake Jarin and Dalton Schultz combined for seven catches for 68 yards; another week of increased TE production from what we've seen must of the year.
  • Fullback Jamize Olawale doesn't get many opportunities on offense, and he may not get more after dropping an open touchdown on the team's second drive of the day.



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Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Trailing Colts 10-0 at Halftime

Jess Haynie

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Dak Prescott

The Cowboys have had no trouble moving the ball today, but they've failed to finish drives with points. Dallas is thus trailing the Indianapolis Colts 10-0 at halftime.

Dallas has had possession for over 19 minutes compared to just 10 for the Colts. But their three drives have ended with a blocked field goal, a failed 4th-and-1 play near the endzone, and a punt.

Ezekiel Elliott has 64 rushing yards and 23 receiving so far today. Dak Prescott has completed 12-of-19 for 106 yards, but has been sacked twice.

The offensive line continues to suffer from health issues. With Zack Martin already out and Connor Williams starting at right guard, Xavier Su'a-Filo left the game with an eye injury during the second quarter and will not return. Backup Adam Redmond is now playing.

The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win in any of their final three games. They could also clinch today if the Redskins and Eagles lose. Washington is trailing 10-3 in Jacksonville at halftime, and the Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.

Hopefully, Dallas will start showing up on the scoreboard in the second half.



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