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Is the Cowboys 2018 Season Circling the Drain?

Brian Martin

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Is the Cowboys 2018 Season Circling the Drain?

For the Dallas Cowboys, I thought the Tennessee Titans matchup was one of the more winnable games left on their schedule in 2018. Unfortunately, I was wrong  and with the way the rest of the schedule is shaping up, the Cowboys season could already be circling the drain.

The Dallas Cowboys are about to enter the most difficult five game stretch on their schedule. All five of these games are against NFC teams and three of those are against division rivals. The outcome of these five games will not only likely decide who wins the NFC East division, but also decide whether or not the Cowboys have anything to play for the remainder of the year.

The fun kicks off next week against the Philadelphia Eagles, who they just so happen to play again in a little less than a month. The Eagles will be coming off their bye week and get home-field advantage. With the way the Dallas Cowboys are playing right now, that certainly doesn't bode well for them coming away victorious.

Things don't get any better from there unfortunately. They will once again hit the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons before returning home for three games against the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Ouch! I told you this was a tough five-game stretch for the Dallas Cowboys.

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

Honestly, I don't know if they can win any of those matchups. The Redskins might be the best chance at a "W" since they just lost three starters, but I still don't know if that will give them enough of an advantage. We can hope, but it still likely won't be enough as far as the season is concerned.

If you've read any of my previous stuff, you know I'm forever the optimist. Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys have all but killed my optimism this season. Every time I think the are ready to turn the corner, they just end up letting me down time and time again. Enough is enough.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys 2018 season looks like it's circling the drain, I don't think we will see any drastic changes made. It's already too late for that unfortunately. But, these next five games could impact who remains on the Cowboys coaching staff for next season.

Like many of you, I'm more than ready to move on from Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. They just haven't been getting the job done and it's past time to see what some new blood can do. I think this five-game stretch will probably seal their fate in Dallas.

I know Jerry Jones has been backing his coaches publicly, but I think even he is starting to buy into the outcry from his fan base that a coaching change may be in order. At least that's what the majority of Cowboys Nation, including myself, is hoping anyway.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2018 season is circling the drain?



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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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Chuck Wright

    November 7, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Is this a “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb” question? I’m all in on tanking and improving draft pick status.

    • oneputter

      November 8, 2018 at 8:12 am

      um, you mean improve our draft status in the 2nd round?

  2. oneputter

    November 8, 2018 at 8:19 am

    BM, the season is down the drain and in the waste water tank……over.

    the stupid arrogance that is displayed by this coaching staff week in and week out is completely mind blowing. i just don’t get it, JG cannot be that inept, or is he?

    as i posted in another thread, name 5 players on this team who you have seen improve over the last 3 years, from rookie year to where they are now. absolutely amazing that nearly everyone on this team has regressed or become a non factor.

    there is no one behind them to push them, so the status quo remains. there is no accountability, so status quo remains. no one is in fear of losing their jobs, status quo remains. when is the last time you saw the HC go over to his QB and talk to him during a game? never, our HC never talks to his players during games other than an occasional nice job. every other HC in the league i have seen go over and at least give the QB some confidence or and WTF! are you doing…..not here in dallas.

    i was a fan of JG and wanted to see him succeed here but he is / has been a waste…..time to move on.

  3. Flushrock

    November 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Aikman said all we needed to know and already knew. Success starts from the top . Common denominator for all the crap we are dealing with ??? JERRY JONES . who will go down as the biggest fool ever. he will not be remembered for the great Stadium or the bought and paid for yellow HOF jacket but for the last 23 years of JACK SQUAT !!! Also the first and only GM to Ever fire a SUPER BOWL WINNING coach and had the audacity to say the Chan Gailey was his worst decision . GIVE US A BREAK

  4. Flushrock

    November 8, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Better Coaching?/
    After 8 years NOW they want better coaching? They fired the wrong guys and EVERYBODY knows it. Ram have Mcvay . Eagle have Pederson and we have Garrett? Please don’t insult real fans . It always starts at the top and trickles down. Mediocrity has set in in Dallas and they will not change until it hits Jones in the pocket . What a Waste. The Cowboys now have been exposed for a lack of Coaching. This team has a COMPLETE lack of leadership. Starting with Jason “broken Record” Garrett. And in the middle of it all is a head coach in Garrett and a staff that has been gifted 8 full years of patience with fairly little to show for it. Good teams overcome adversity. The Cowboys are succumbing to it. Another year of HOPE, REALITY and Excuses. 23 years now. 2 Playoff wins ?
    HOPE REALITY and Excuses… HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS .Jerry’s Boys are garden variety and not very interesting. They are empty promises with a fan base who clings to the past while ignoring how average they actually have become. Since the Cowboys last appeared in an NFC Championship Game and/or the Super Bowl, the Eagles have been to six NFC Championships and two Super Bowls and won this year . 23 Years and 2 PLAYOFF WINS!! HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!
    And We get Garrett back Mediocrity at it’s finest!!!

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3 Things We Learned About The Dallas Cowboys In 2018

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Coming into the 2018 season, loads of questions surrounded the Dallas Cowboys and the future of their roster.

Could their defense stay intact when the annual Sean Lee injury occurred? Was Kris Richard going to lead the Cowboys young secondary to places we thought they could be? And would Dak Prescott earn a contact extension and become the official franchise quarterback of America's Team.

Of course, there are tons of other questions that may have gone unanswered, but these three critical areas seem to find clarity in 2018.

Leighton Vander Esch And Jaylon Smith Are Legit

The Dallas Cowboys caught a lot of flack for their selection both of these linebackers, each for different reasons.

When they snagged Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft, it was still unknown to the public if Smith could ever even play football again. When they took Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall last April, fans questioned how valuable an off-ball linebacker would be on a defense that already had Sean Lee.

Well, after their first full season together, it's easy to say that both Vander Esch and Smith are the linebacker options of the future in Dallas. Named to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season, Vander Esch took the world by storm in 2018. When Lee went down, he was there to not only fill his shoes, but to outplay the veteran all year long.

What is fun to consider is that as good as Vander Esch was this season, Jaylon Smith might be even better. Both posses insane sideline to sideline pursuit ability, and are some of the surest tacklers in all of football.

Watching these two grow together will be a pleasure over the coming seasons.

Their Young Secondary Is Coming Together

Like their linebackers, the Dallas Cowboys secondary is a young group, who fans are excited to watch grow throughout the years. It seemed like more pressure sat on the shoulders of young cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie than of Smith and Vander Esch, however.

With Kris Richard joining the staff and making the decision to move Jones to cornerback full time, it was do-or-die for the former first round pick. Byron Jones answered all the doubters, earning not only a Pro Bowl selection but also First Team All Pro honors for his performance.

Opposite him, Awuzie had a rough start to his sophomore campaign. While typically right there in coverage, wide outs too often made contested catches over him. Over the final few weeks of the year, however, that changed and Awuzie played some of the best football yet.

Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis (in much fewer snaps) all had fantastic seasons as well, giving the Cowboys great hope and confidence in their secondary moving forward. They may need to add another safety during the offseason, however, though Jeff Heath remains more than just a viable option.

Dak Prescott Is Here To Stay

Whether or not you think it's justified, Dak Prescott is the quarterback of the future in Dallas. And he earned that right the back-half of 2018 and during the postseason. After a shaky start to his 3rd season, Prescott turned things around nicely, leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 finish to the regular season.

Prescott played the best football of his young career down the stretch, and showed just how valuable he is both on the field and in the locker room. It seemed like every game he made 2-3 winning plays that put the Cowboys over the top that afternoon.

Dak is going to get a contract extension, and will be locked in as a Cowboy for the foreseeable future, and with the way he played the final 10 games of his season, I can't second guess this decision much at all.



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Jason Garrett Can’t be Serious About Retaining Scott Linehan, Can He?

Brian Martin

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Jason Garrett Can't be Serious About Retaining Scott Linehan, Can He?

One of the few positives most of us were looking forward to after the Dallas Cowboys Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams was the fact that Scott Linehan would no longer be the offensive coordinator for America's Team. Everything was pointing to his dismissal, but that may not be the case according to Head Coach Jason Garrett.

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Jason Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will return in 2019. "We don't anticipate any significant changes on our staff," Garrett said.

I can't say that I was happy upon learning Jason Garrett plans on retaining Scott Linehan as the Cowboys OC in 2019. In fact, my first thought was… Well, something better left unsaid. I'm sure many of you can kind of read my mind, because I'm pretty positive you had all that the same thoughts running through your head as well.

In all honesty, I didn't think there was a snowball chance in hell Scott Linehan would return to Dallas after the conclusion of the 2018 season. After all, the Cowboys nearly fired him during the bye week earlier this season, meaning his job security was already on thin ice. He didn't do anything to improve things in my opinion.

I know Jason Garrett has said Scott Linehan will return as the OC in 2019, but not for a second do I believe it. We are less than 72 hours hours removed from the Cowboys exit from the playoffs and I highly doubt any of Dallas' decision-makers has had the time to sit down and discuss who stays and who goes. In fact, I know they haven't.

Jeff Cavanaugh on Twitter

Stephen Jones says they won't comment on anything with coaching staff but that they need to take a deep look at why they fell short. Says it a little early to speculate about players or coaches. They haven't had a meeting about it yet.

I think once the Cowboys brass sits down and reevaluates the 2018 season, they will come to the conclusion they can do better than Scott Linehan as their offensive coordinator. There were just too many times throughout the season where the playcalling was a problem just. It's just time to move on, despite the vote of confidence by Jason Garrett.

Of course, this could just be me trying to read between the lines hoping and praying Scott Linehan is finally fired. Like many of you, I've grown way too tired of his predictable and dated playcalling. It's time to move on and find someone more innovative who can maximize the talent the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster, much like Kris Richard did with the defense.

You can either choose to believe Jason Garrett or not. I for one have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys staying status quo with their coaching staff, especially their offensive coordinator. But, only time will tell.

Do you think it's time for the Dallas Cowboys to fire Scott Linehan?



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Cowboys Rammed Out of Playoffs but 2019 is Bright

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If you were to have clicked over to Sportsbook Review, you could have seen what all the premier online sportsbooks were dealing on the Cowboys/Rams game before kickoff. Sites like Bovada, which incidentally you can read a Bovada Review at Sportsbook Review as well, had the Rams favored in every quarter, in both halves, and installed LA as seven-point favorites over Dallas. As is often the case, the number was nearly spot on as the Rams bounced our 'Boys out of the postseason 30-22. It was a heart-wrenching loss for Dallas fans everywhere but for those who put their money where their mouths were, it was particularly painful in what turned out to be a one-point difference between losing and pushing.

Let’s look on the bright side, though. The Cowboys not only copped the division crown but the draft picks from April bore fruit this season. Linebacker and No. 19 overall pick Leighton Vander Esch is a certified stud while third-round pick Michael Gallup proved he is a bona fide NFL receiver. Second-round offensive lineman Connor Williams had difficulties at left guard, but at the very least, has a season under his belt at the next level and could turn into a legitimate bodyguard for Prescott in 2019.

And let’s not forget about the trade for Amari Cooper, which turned Dallas from a squad struggling to find its identity to an NFC East champ in winning seven of its last nine games since Cooper arrived. This year’s edition also bested a tough Seahawks team in the first-round of the playoffs.

Let’s face it, folks, no one expected the Cowboys to win a Super Bowl this season and what we got was about as much as we could have hoped with the current roster as it is presently constructed.

Dak Prescott has one more year on his rookie contract and will be looking to score a big payday at the end of next season, if not sooner. The Cowboys could enter negotiations and lock Prescott up for the foreseeable future, but it might be best for both parties to see what 2019 brings and go from there. Either way, Dallas will pay beaucoup bucks to keep Prescott in a Cowboys uniform so watching and waiting will most likely be the tact management takes with their star quarterback, with a franchise tag in 2020 as an option as well.

In the team’s immediate future will be signing their second-round pick in 2014, DeMarcus Lawrence. The talented defensive end provided the Cowboys with the edge rusher they needed for parts of this season and his combined 25 sacks over the last two seasons would be nearly impossible to replace. Dallas franchised him this season but will most likely put together a long-term deal for Lawrence in the offseason.

Ezekiel Elliott has also reportedly been hinting at his own contract extension even though he is contractually committed to the Cowboys for next season with a team option in '20.

Ironically, one of the strengths of the Dallas Cowboys in recent years was a relatively weak link this season. The offensive line was decimated by injuries and Pro Bowler Travis Frederick missed the entire season. But those wounds will heal for next season and the old gang will be back together again.

The Cowboys have loads of cap space but are without a first-round pick due to the trade for Amari Cooper. Nevertheless, the young blood on the team looks poised to contribute for many years and there will be money available to woo free agents to a club now viewed as a legitimate contender.

If you want to look at next season’s odds, make sure to educate yourself on which online sportsbooks are the most reputable, trusted, and reliable. Read the Bovada Review over at SBR and see what customers are saying about one of the industry’s top sportsbooks. Then, when the lines come out on next season’s division, conference, and Super Bowl winners, you can be informed and maybe throw a few bucks on the 'Boys from Dallas!



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