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Is Felix Jones a Hero?

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28 FELIX JONES, RB
DALLAS COWBOYS
6’0, 212LBS

Jones, the No. 22 overall pick in the draft, provided a big-play complement to Marion Barber and showed flashes of brilliance in his six games. He had 266 yards on 30 carries (8.9 yards per carry) and scored four touchdowns, including a kickoff return.

That is all we have to go on as a professional, as a college player there is a little more. However people keep talking about Jones as a savior or something.

2007 his last year in college: He finished with 123 carries for 1,117 yards and 11 TDs, while averaging a whopping 9.1 yards per carry, leading the nation.

[Mickey Spagnola wrote while making excuses as to why Dallas went 9-7 last year; Felix Jones was 86-ed in the sixth game had he not gotten hurt things could have been a lot different.]

Here is my question to you: Why do I hear on the radio, and on ESPN and read online about what a Hero Jones is and all we have to go on is a really good 5 and ¼ games?

I like Jones don’t get me wrong I almost bought his jersey but I went with Ware instead.

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  • https://insidethestar.com/ BTreece

    I don’t know about Hero, but Jones brings an element that we haven’t had in Dallas for many, many years. He’s very quick, quicker than most people realize, and he has plenty of speed to go with it.

    Having a back that can stretch the field like that provides some real advantages for our team in the way that opposing defenses will have to gameplan for him. He also has very good hands and can be split wide as a receiver on any given play, which provides another asset, the deep threat. Now Jones is pretty small for a receiver and because of that, he won’t actually be much of a deep threat, but he is so quick that he could catch and short slant underneath and take it to the house.

    It’s such a real possibility that opposing defenses will be in fits trying to account for him whenever he’s on the field. Then you add to it the complexity of options that exist when you throw in guys like Barber and Choice, are so very different in their running styles, that we should be able to manhandle the other teams with scheming more than anything.

    That’s my though on it.

  • http://cowboysnation.com anthony (cowboys fan stuck in phiily)

    I’m not comfortable with calling anyone a savior except my lord and savior JESUS CHRIST. but with that said felix getting hurt is really why the offense bogged down last season with him back and everyone healthy,(romo,whitten,kosier,williams) the cowboys will be back to an 11 win team and in the playoffs. now lets just get it done in the postseason. lets all cowboys fans support them this season and not kill romo, remember he is only going into his third full season as the starter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go BOYS’

  • http://cowboysnation.com anthony (cowboys fan stuck in phiily)

    isn’t just weird that all those injuries were on the offense of side of the ball, not even mentioning the deffensive side. EVERYBODY JUST RELAX THE COWBOYS WILL BE BACK WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE AND WITH AVENGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig Cotton

    As Bryson said, Felix gives us a whole nother dimension to our offense. He allows us (if used properly) to spread out a defense. SS’s won’t know whether to follow Felix out of the backfield or cover Witten up the middle. They will have to make a choice. The one they don’t choose to cover will be covered by a LB. I say we get the ball into Felix’s hands as often as possible, and let Barber go back to what suits him better.

    Craig

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

  • Joe C

    you have to remember Felix was sharing touches with McFadden in college, look at the stats:

    McFadden in 07 – 325 Carries, 1830 yards, 5.6 ypc, and 16 TD

    Jones in 07 – 133 Carries, 1162 yards, 8.7 ypc, and 11 TD

    But yet majority of the hype was for McFadden in the draft? Come on! If Jones was getting majority of the touches his stats would WELL SURPASS McFaddens. I’m not saying Jones is a hero, but he has potential to be one, along with his other supporting cast this year.

    WATCH OUT IN 09, HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!

  • Austin

    With T.O gone this will help Jones to stand out, this should get him the ball more. I hope that he can stay healty……any truth to Romo for Cutler trade I sure hope not but Jerry Jones has done some pretty stupid things (i.e. T.O …Dorsett …ect)

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig Cotton

    It should get Felix the ball faster with TO gone, but one red headed coordinator has to use him to his fullest potential. Hopefully, he will. If he does, you could see an amazing year from Felix, as long as he can stay healthy.

    Craig

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

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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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