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Have The Cowboys Moved Past Josh McCown As An Option For Backup Quarterback?

RJ Ochoa

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Despite having one of, some would argue the number one, the most promising young quarterbacks that the NFL has to offer so much has been made about the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. Obviously the issue of Tony Romo is one in and of itself – a situation that Tony Romo may have thrown some serious shade into – but the question has been out there… who will be Dak Prescott‘s backup? Some thought the answer was Josh McCown, but that ship may have sailed.

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I openly pondered the state of the backup quarterback position on my daily podcast OchoLive, and Josh McCown was a big part of the conversation. The dots between Dallas and McCown have made more than enough sense to connect this offseason, especially after a 2016 Training Camp period spent eyeing one another.

The Cowboys’ interest in Josh McCown is indeed well known – in fact they had him in for a visit almost two weeks ago – but have they moved on from their little crush? Dallas got a chance to talk shop with McCown face-to-face, and the quarterback slot machine came up empty. McCown is from Texas, has said he wants to be in a situation where he can mentor a young player, he has essentially done everything except get a tattoo of Rowdy on his bicep… yet he still does not have a locker at The Star in Frisco.

Josh McCown

Josh McCown was at one point considered the favorite to be the Cowboys backup quarterback. Has Dallas moved on?

Maybe this is all a matter of dollars and cents, and the Cowboys aren’t willing to meet the demands of Josh. Maybe ‘ol McCown decided that he actually wants a chance to play some significant snaps in 2017 and – like another former Cowboy – has set his sights on one of the largest points of mediocrity that the NFL has to offer… the New York Jets.

Josh McCown continued his visit with the Jets for the second day on Saturday, and that situation has got to get you wondering. If McCown were indeed to land with the Jets, he’d surely be the best available option and be able to be the guy at the helm of what’s sure to be one of the worst teams in football. New York is nice, right? I’m sure the quarterback of the Jets, even Josh McCown, can get tickets to Hamilton… so there are indeed perks. New York has also reportedly shown interest in Chicago’s latest castoff Jay Cutler, but it was once upon a time – *cough 2013 cough* – when McCown outplayed Cutler, including a game where he torched the Cowboys, Morris Claiborne (the Jets sure are smart, aren’t they?), and Brandon Carr (enjoy Baltimore, land of another musical… Hairspray) on Monday Night Football. Ah, memories.

All signs at this point seem to suggest that the Dallas Cowboys are willing to lose Josh McCown to the Jets, just like they did Morris Claiborne. I’m not an NFL player or anything, but I would literally rather be the guy that counts the blades of grass at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play versus being the one that has to try and carry the Jets to any semblance of success.

But if McCown wises up and comes back… what’s up man!

Tell us what you think about “Have The Cowboys Moved Past Josh McCown As An Option For Backup Quarterback?” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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2 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    Not getting Mccown or any other backup qb isn’t a good sign That means this Romo saga/soap opera isn’t going to end nooo…time soon. Just another off season problem What’s new???

  • deal with it

    McCown signed w/ the jets yesterday so that’s that.

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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

Sean Martin

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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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