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Jerry Jones “Absolutely Not” Considering Cowboys Coaching Changes

Sean Martin

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With yesterday's 28-6 Thanksgiving loss to the LA Chargers, Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett put his name alongside the legendary Tom Landry for all the wrong reasons. Becoming the first Cowboys coach to lose three straight games by 20 or more points at the helm of America's Team since Landry, a price is going to have to be paid somewhere in Dallas as their 2017 season sits at 5-6 and in need of saving.

The belief that any player - on offense or defense - or coach can turn this around is understandably low however.

Jerry Jones felt the need to address his team in the locker room immediately following another collapse by the Cowboys sans Ezekiel Elliott or Sean Lee last night. All signs point to this talk by Jones remaining positive and inspirational for a team that plays yet again in seven days.

Despite the desperate nature of everything surrounding football in Dallas right now, Jones left the locker room and presented the waiting media with a clear message regarding the NFL's reigning Coach of the Year.

Jones is "absolutely not" considering firing Head Coach Jason Garrett at this time.

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Jerry Jones was asked after leaving the Cowboys' locker room if his coaching position needed to be re-evaluated after tonight: His answer: "Absolutely not." #cowboyswire

Jones has been a supporter of Garrett for a long time, even prior to Jason stepping up from Offensive Coordinator (where he was viewed as a HC in waiting) to Head Coach following Wade Phillips' firing in 2010.

Jerry has seen Jason Garrett rebuild an aging roster into a stable one with separate starting quarterbacks winning NFC East titles under his leadership. From this perspective, without even including the full range of failures that Jones has witnessed from atop the Cowboys, this team's current ineptitude in functioning without a handful of star players is barely a blip on the radar.

There is a sense though that Garrett along with Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan and Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli have collectively hit their ceiling as the top coaches here.

Marinelli's defense may have players full of promise, but his scheme and ability to develop talent leaves a lot to be desired.

Linehan's once-dynamic offense has failed to crack just ten points without Zeke Elliott.

Playing six games without Ezekiel Elliott this late in the season was never going to be easy, but starting off this current stretch of losses with that week 10 beat down in Atlanta only foreshadowed the struggles that would lie ahead.

It feels safe to say that, if noncompetitive and uninspiring losses continue, somebody in power with the Cowboys is going to have to pay for it. Cases can be made for any possible combination of a new play caller on offense or defense, or even a new Head Coach, to lead the team in 2018.

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For the moment though, with fans pouring for the exits to enjoy what was left of a Thanksgiving lacking subsistence from the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett is safe as the coach of the Cowboys.

It will be up to him to once again motivate his group out of tough times into a playoff spot that feels painfully dangled in front of the faces of Cowboys Nation like that final slice of pumpkin pie from last night. It's still there, but for how much longer - and do we really want it to be in the first place?

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

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13 Comments
  • Jesse Pope

    Players giving up on plays, not tackling has got nothing to do with the absence of Ezekiel Elliot and LB Sean Lee. C’MON now. Garrett has lost this team. He has no control whatsoever so coach Jones has to step in. “F” this b.s. I am done. I will tune in when Jerry dies and the team finally has real hope again.

  • Hector Espindola

    There will be changes if JJ recognizes that Zeke masks all problems on offense and that Lee does the same on defensive. If this is not the case, JJ’s “assessment” will be a combination of adverse situations not attributable to the coaches and maybe recognizing a lack of better bench. I do not see the departure of Garrett or Linehan in the medium run.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      The problem that comes up when you assess that your team is as thin as you mention (incapable without 21 or 50 on the field) is that Jerry is still very much part of the roster build – but trusts Garrett and Marinelli a ton too in finding these players.

      • Hector Espindola

        Once again right Sean, seems then it’s a vicious circle until JJ gives the reins 100% to Stephen and then we might see a change.

  • Jorge Gonzalez

    honestly these words of JJ in nothing help, he should press the HC mainly to JG that looks very comfortable week after week losing by more than 20 pts, honestly I thought that DAK would be an elite marshal but apparently it is getting big team it is not possible that I can not have a good series without having ZEKE from there the problem comes the players do not feel pressured even look at the tackles that the defense, players without soul and desire, this is not dallas and the fault is JJ for allowing me to continue to the front JG …

  • dallas1966

    Jerry Jones arrogantly believes that his hand picked head coach Jason Garrett will eventually become the next Tom Landry of his generation..

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      This will obviously never happen, but I do believe there is some merit to keeping Garrett as a familiar face should you shake up the coordinator positions. The best coaches have always been praised for allowing their coordinators to work and have the trust of their HC, and this has been said about Garrett.

  • Russ_Te

    – absolutely not” considering firing Head Coach Jason Garrett at this time –

    If we have to watch the Atlanta game again for the 4th week in a row, Garrett could right now be in his last 7 days as Cowboys HC

    After the Chargers game, there is no defending the inability to adjust on offense. Garrett had the same problem in Denver. Never changed out of what their defense had stopped cold in the first quarter.

    Enough. I want him out.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Russ, thank you for reading as always. My question for you is this – do you want Garrett out merely to see someone pay for the recent struggles, or would you rather see Scott Linehan out based on the root of your team analysis (offensive adjustments)?

      • Russ_Te

        No, it’s to implement a fix not to retaliate… ;^)

        Garrett owns the suck on offense at least as much as Linehan, since OC was his job before HC, and any HC can & should over-rule when it’s the OC or DC screwing the team up.

        So I see no fix by just releasing Linehan. It’s possible, but it’s kept in house so nobody can know – that Linehan has wanted change like Butler & Gathers, that Garrett won’t go to.

        So, some chance of change if Linehan were promoted to HC. None if Garrett stays.

        It’s a good next column – who is / should be on deck for HC?

        • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

          Appreciate the column ideas 🙂

      • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

        Why would you want to keep a Coach that’s had 7 years to win and hasn’t? 7 Years to improve and hasn’t? AND shows no signs of improving period. Time to move on.

  • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

    Apparently losing fans doesn’t seem to bother him but yet this team is……numbers are down.. and now they got bumped out of a prime time spot..they got flexed. THAT should make people stand up and notice that this team is losing viewers……time for the puppet to go and for Jerry to get out of the way.

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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: RB Alfred Morris

Jess Haynie

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Alfred Morris

After two seasons of providing veteran depth for the Dallas Cowboys, running back Alfred Morris is about to be a free agent again. Does the 29-year-old still have value for the club, or will Dallas go with younger options in 2018?

Morris was signed in March of 2016. At the time, it was assumed he would be the backup to incumbent starter Darren McFadden and perhaps even split carries.

But a month later, Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott and drastically changed the landscape at the running back position.

If Alfred suddenly seemed expendable, that quickly changed in June when McFadden broke his elbow. Morris wound being the number-two back after all, but he was rarely used as Elliott immediately became the workhorse RB and held that role for all of his spectacular rookie season.

Last year, we all know what happened with Ezekiel Elliott. Morris became the primary RB during Zeke's suspension and had solid numbers, averaging 4.35 yards on his 99 carries during that six-week stretch.

By Week 16, though, not only had Zeke returned but Rod Smith had started to break out from the depth chart. In the Cowboys' pivotal game that week against the Seattle Seahawks, Alfred didn't even get a touch behind Elliott and Smith.

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Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris

Considering Smith's emergence last year, and him only being 26, it's easy to see why Dallas may not be looking to bring Alfred Morris back. They seem to have their one-two punch already set at the top of the RB depth chart.

What's more, Morris isn't likely to settle for a likely third-place role. He may not be interested in coming back to Dallas given the situation.

Thankfully for Alfred, he enters the free agent market with some good tape from 2017 showing that he can still produce. It's not a loaded crop of free agents this year and, despite his age, Morris could still find a good job somewhere. He's earned an opportunity to compete, if nothing else.

That opportunity likely won't come in Dallas, though. As I wrote about last month, the Cowboys have enough power already and need to add a speed option in their RB rotation.

That said, Alfred Morris spent the last two years giving Dallas good value for the money. He was a solid free agent pickup and his time as a Cowboy should be remembered fondly. At this point, though, I doubt that relationship will continue.


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Though Promising, We Need To Relax About Safety Kavon Frazier

Kevin Brady

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Evaluating The Future Of Kavon Frazier, Byron Jones, And The Safety Position

With the addition of former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard to the Cowboys' defensive coaching staff, fans are hoping that Dallas will create their own "Legion of Boom." Of course this is a lofty goal, but one worth pursuing nonetheless.

If the Cowboys are to recreate the Legion of Boom they will need their version of two vital pieces: Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

The Seahawks defense works, in many ways, because of these two players. Thomas' ability to play centerfield and literally defend sideline to sideline gives the Seahawks the freedom to use Chancellor where he's best, as a box safety. Chancellor is a big, physical safety who defends the run effectively in the box and can blanket tight ends in man coverage with his size and athleticism.

These safeties are arguably the most critical pieces to the Legion of Boom, though having a shutdown corner in Richard Sherman certainly doesn't hurt.

Realizing Chancellor's importance, Cowboys fans are hoping that current safety Kavon Frazier can fulfill this role in Dallas. Since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2016 Frazier has made his home on Special Teams. As an impressive tackler in both punt and kick coverage, Frazier earned himself time at safety down the stretch of the 2017 season.

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All in all, Frazier played rather well. Against the Washington Redskins he stepped in and made a few splash plays at the line of scrimmage, causing Cowboys Nation to lose their minds. After that impressive Thursday night game, however, Kavon Frazier didn't really reach that same level of performance.

Frazier is still a liability when asked to cover, especially when asked to play as a two deep safety. He also struggles when taking angles at times, though playing downhill as a tackler is his best attribute. Frazier actually reminds me a bit of Barry Church, though over time Church became more refined in coverage than Frazier currently is.

Some have argued that Kavon Frazier's presence should stop the Cowboys from considering a first round safety. I would disagree, and actually believe that if Florida State's Derwin James is available, the Cowboys should consider making that pick.

If you could combine the athleticism and coverage abilities of Byron Jones with the physicality and "box safety" qualities of Kavon Frazier, you'd have a fantastic safety. Unfortunately, this isn't the Marvel Universe and we are left without any super heroes in the back-end.

Hopefully Kris Richard will figure out how to correctly place all of these pieces in the Dallas Cowboys secondary going forward.


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Maverick Carter: LeBron James Considered Cowboys During NBA Lockout

Kevin Brady

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Maverick Carter is a pretty important man in the world of sports. As a business man, entrepreneur, and manager of one of the best basketball players of all time in LeBron James, Maverick Carter is certainly used to making headlines.

This week, while on former NFL running back Arian Foster's podcast "Now What? with Arian Foster," Carter claimed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once attempted to negotiate a contract with LeBron James.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Carter claims that Jones contacted LeBron James and discussed bringing him in as a Cowboy while the NBA was without games.

"Jerry Jones, being the smart marketer he is...one day out of the clear blue sky LeBron got a contract I think it was for like one year, a couple million bucks to play for the Dallas Cowboys." - Maverick Carter.

Carter then states that LeBron may have the paperwork framed in his house to remember these discussions with Jerry Jones. LeBron's fandom for the Cowboys has been well documented, as has been his high school football prowess.

We may never know how "real" these discussions were, and of course it is long over now, but just imagining LeBron James getting a chance to play for the Dallas Cowboys would break the internet.

You can check out the full episode of the podcast here, and I highly suggest listening to the other episodes Arian Foster has to offer.


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