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Head Coaching Changes Around The NFL Could Benefit The Cowboys

The , , , , , and are all teams that will start the with new head coaches. The vultures were circling around several of these organizations, which is why head were made in the first place. The could end up being the beneficiaries when/if these teams start making changes to their rosters.

New Head Coaching Changes In 2017 Could Benefit The Cowboys 1It's only natural for new head coaches and their staffs to come in and evaluate the roster from top to bottom and then make changes as they see fit. Teams around the will be watching closely and the Cowboys should absolutely be one of those vultures circling to pick up any “meat” that they believe will help their team.

Of course, some of these teams will have more roster turnover than the others. The Denver Broncos for example already have one of the most complete rosters in the entire NFL, so I wouldn't expect much change there. But, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams could be two teams that the Dallas Cowboys are watching very closely to pick up any unwanted scraps.

I'm going to dive in a little deeper and attempt to show you what I mean for the new head coaches of the 49ers and Rams.

Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Shanahan, former of the , was hired by the San Francisco 49ers to take over the head coaching job. To say that he faces an uphill battle would be an understatement.

Now, the 49ers are not the most talented of teams, evidenced by their back to back losing seasons, but there are some players the Cowboys could be interested in.

New Head Coaching Changes In 2017 Could Benefit The CowboysKyle Shanahan recently hired Robert Saleh as the 49ers new , but it hasn't been announced yet if they will operate a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme. The past several years they have been a 3-4 team and a player that hasn't fit into that scheme that could be of interest to the Cowboys is Tank Carradine.

Carradine is a prototypical 4-3 DE, but during his time with the 49ers he has been tried as an outside and also been asked to add weight and play a 3-4 DT. Unfortunately, both attempts to try to fit him into the 3-4 has been like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.

I believe Tank Carradine would be a great addition and help improve the for the Cowboys. But, acquiring him from the 49ers could be tricky if he's not released. I would personally a late round draft pick to obtain his services, but this is a situation that falls into the of wait and see category.

Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

may be the youngest in the modern era of the NFL, but he will have plenty of surrounding him. The hiring of defensive coordinator will probably help McVay through any kind of coaching jitters, but it's Phillips' announcement of switching to the 3-4 defensive scheme that could benefit the Dallas Cowboys.

New Head Coaching Changes In 2017 Could Benefit The Cowboys 2The Los Angeles Rams have invested heavily over the past several years to put together a pretty impressive 4-3 defensive unit. Phillips' change to a 3-4 could mean some of those investments won't quite fit in his new , especially former first-round defensive .

Aaron Donald has completely dominated as a 3-technique since entering the NFL. At 6'1″, 285, Donald doesn't exactly fit the size criteria to transition to a 3-4 defensive tackle.

It is going to be really interesting to see how/if Wade Phillips is able to fit Aaron Donald into a 3-4 defensive scheme. If things don't go well, the Cowboys could be the beneficiary.

The Dallas Cowboys were all set to draft Aaron Donald back in 2013, but the Rams pounced on him first. They had to settle for instead, but things still turned out nicely. Just imagine if they could have both players.

For this to happen though, the Rams would have to be willing to trade Aaron Donald and the Cowboys would likely have to give up at least their first-round draft pick. Although it's unlikely, it is still a possibility.


Now, there is no telling when/if either of these players will be available at some point this . That's not really the point I'm trying to make.

The Dallas Cowboys need to search every nook and cranny in order to improve their roster. New head coaches in the NFL create an opportunity that otherwise might not be available to acquire players who don't fit into their philosophy.

Of course, if Tank Carradine or Aaron Donald become available or are being shopped, I think the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely entertain the idea of bringing them aboard.

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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