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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 Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @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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Trade for Cooper Shows Where Cowboys Stand on Prescott

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly needed a starting wide receiver, so they went out and got one. The Oakland Raiders were willing to shop the two time Pro-Bowler and the Jones were willing to pull the trigger. This year, offense has been the problem for Dallas and a WR1 should give the fans a bit of hope for the remainder of the 2018 season, a year in which the division title is very much on reach as it's only led by a 4-2 Washington team.

There's no much debate as to whether or not Amari Cooper's arrival to the team helps the offense or not. Cooper is undeniably better than Allen Hurns or Deonte Thompson and his impact will be immediately felt on the field when the Cowboys play the Tennessee Titans after their bye week.

The concern surrounding this trade has to do with the compensation aspect. Dallas decided to part ways with a first round pick to get Cooper. That's a lot. It's hard to justify giving away a first rounder and Cooper will have to try to fix the offense to prove he was worth it.

Dallas Cowboys Interest in Raiders WR Amari Cooper Increases

But the meaning of this trade goes deeper than that. Due to Dak Prescott's struggles in 2018, many are rightfully questioning his future on the Cowboys. Is he the franchise QB we thought he was in 2016 or was he really just a "one-year-wonder"?

Playing his third year as the team's starting quarterback, negotiation time is not far for the Cowboys and Prescott. So far, he's not proven to be worth the huge contracts signal-callers have been getting around the league lately.

But this trade is a clear indicator on where the front office stands regarding Dak. They are all-in on him. He's not going anywhere for a while and they just proved it by trading for Cooper. If the Cowboys were to consider moving on from Prescott after 2018, they would've probably saved a first round pick to have the option of going for his replacement on the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Instead, they are getting their young QB a strong weapon for him to throw the ball to.

It looks like Prescott's play would have to keep regressing in order for this front office to consider making a move here down the road.

Trusting Dak is not a wrong decision here. He might not be elite or even close to being among the league's best but he should be able to compete with a strong supporting cast around him. Cooper is great at creating separation which will only help Dak connect with him often and open un the passing game as well as the running game.

On the other hand, though, this should put a bit more pressure on Prescott. He's got a WR1, a great slot receiver and one hell of a running back. He must take advantage of the position the front office is putting him in. There are no excuses now.

Whether or not the Cowboys paid "way too much," their offense is better today than it was last Sunday. We'll have to wait until November 11th to watch him and Dak Prescott connect with each other. With a little bit of execution, they should have Cowboys Nation feeling better about giving away a first rounder.

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Offense, Coaches Have a Ways to Go Still

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Offense, Coaches Have a Ways to Go Still
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Another week, another mood swing for Cowboys Nation. The Dallas Cowboys failed to get what would have been their first road win in 2018. They fell short of taking the Washington Redskins to overtime in an NFC East match up that was lost as the visiting team kept shooting themselves on the foot.

As Dallas falls back to a losing record on the season, there are a lot of things to point out regarding last Sunday's heartbreaking loss.

Here is this week's edition of Takeaway Tuesday! As always, feel free to tell me your thoughts on the comments section below.

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Cowboys could've had the "ugly win" but ended up with horrific loss.

The Cowboys have lost four games in total this season and this one is definitely the most painful one yet. Why? Despite all the drive-killing penalties and mistakes they made, Jason Garrett's team actually had a chance to walk away from FedExField as the NFC East leader.

But they didn't. Instead, a "snap infraction" pushed them back five yards and Brett Maher failed his first field goal attempt since week 1 as the football hit the post.

What's even worse, is that once again, this team proved to have a ton of flaws. This isn't just about poor quarterback play, wide receivers dropping passes, offensive linemen getting beat or about coaching.

It's about all of it collectively being bad and inconsistent.

A couple of weeks ago, we were complaining about Garrett not being aggressive enough to go for it on fourth and one on the opponent's 42. In response to the immense backlash from fans, analysts and even Jerry Jones, Garrett went for it on fourth and one in his own territory in Washington.

This was definitely a good call. In this case, coaching was good, but execution wasn't. Dak Prescott fumbled on a simple QB sneak and the drive was done. The Dallas Cowboys have many, many issues. Pointing the finger at one coach or one player will not make the difference.

This isn't your 2016 offensive line.

Since 2014, Cowboys Nation has been proud of this team's offensive line. Filled with elite talent, no one would ever beat them, but things have changed. Ron Leary and Doug Free are long gone and Connor Williams and La'el Collins have taken their places. Travis Frederick is sidelined with an immune system syndrome and well... as much as you and I hate to admit it, Tyron Smith is not the same.

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So far today... Tyron Smith penalty kills a great run by Dak. Connor Williams penalty kills a great throw from Dak to Beasley. La'el Collins penalty kills a great run by Dak.

They can make blocks and are an above-average unit, but the penalties make them look like a terrible one. The game started with a huge gain erased by a holding penalty and a few plays later it was the Redskins with the lead 7-0.

Prescott hasn't played very well, and this OL's struggles are a big part of the why.

Simply put, Dak needs to be better.

Before we say Prescott is a terrible quarterback and a one-year wonder, let's try to find some middle ground. Dak is not a great quarterback. He's not an elite gunslinger that will put the team on his back and lead them to victories. He's definitely not that. But he's also not a terrible quarterback and he's not the worst QB in the NFL.

With a strong supporting cast, I think Dak Prescott is a very capable QB. Does that make him special? No. Does that make him a bad player? No.

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Now granted, this has been a bad year for him and that needs to change. He's taking longer to make the throw, his poise isn't nearly as good as in 2016 and his in-pocket awareness needs improvement. Against the Redskins, we might've seen one of the worst plays in his career.

With Michael Gallup breaking open deep, Prescott doesn't make the throw and instead tries to roll out of the pocket. First off, there is simply no excuse in not making that pass. He didn't even have to "throw him open." He just had to take the shot. But he didn't.

Then, he fumbles the ball and Washington takes it in for six. Yikes.

We know he can be better, we've seen him playing way better football than he is right now. Even if the OL isn't performing as well or his receivers are dropping balls (because they are), he must step up. It's okay if he doesn't put up elite performances, but come on.

Despite the scoreboard, Cowboys defense is legit.

Before we end this Takeaway Tuesday, let's say goodbye with a positive note. The Cowboys' defense is very, very good. The Redskins' first TD came early in the game after a rare bad punt from Chris Jones that gave Alex Smith and company a very good spot to start the offensive drive.

In a disastrous opening performance, the Cowboys let them march the ball into the end zone and give them the early seven-point lead. After that, Dallas only allowed six points on defense. Note that the Redskins' second touchdown came from Prescott's fumble mentioned above.

Sean Lee was great in his comeback to the field. The defensive line also put a nice game and the secondary made sure to exploit a banged up receiving core. At least we have our defense to feel good about.

Tell me what you think about "Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Offense, Coaches Have a Ways to Go Still" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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History Working Against Amari Cooper Trade Working Out For Dallas

Brian Martin

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When it comes to trading for wide receivers, the Dallas Cowboys don't exactly have the best track record. That is why I wasn't all that happy to hear the Cowboy sent their 2019 first-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Amari Cooper, especially knowing how a couple of trades just like this have worked out in the past.

Giving up a first-round draft pick is a tough pill to swallow, especially after we saw the New England Patriots acquire Josh Gordon for just a fifth rounder. Talk about a slap in the face. I personally believe Gordon is a better WR than Cooper, but that's a discussion for another time. What I want to talk about today is history hopefully not repeating itself for the Cowboys.

Unfortunately, the Amari Cooper trade looks a lot like a couple of wide receiver trades the Dallas Cowboys have made in the past. Yes, I'm talking about the acquisitions of Roy Williams and Joey Galloway, arguably the worst two trades in Cowboys history.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams

You may have forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys sent to first-round draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks in a trade to acquire Joey Galloway back in 2000. He spent three whole seasons and part of a fourth in Dallas and never really lived up to the expectations he brought with him from the Seahawks. His most productive season with the Cowboys was in 2002 where he caught 61 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns, hardly worth two first round draft picks.

The Dallas Cowboys didn't learn their lesson from the Joey Galloway trade and decided to throw caution to the wind once again when they acquired Roy Williams in 2008 from the Detroit Lions. Williams only spent three seasons in Dallas and like Galloway, didn't live up to the 1st, 3rd, and 6th round draft picks traded away to acquire him.

I really don't know how all of you feel about history repeating itself, but the Amari Cooper trade just has way too many similarities to the acquisitions of Roy Williams and Joey Galloway for me to have too much hope of it being successful. I guess we could take a little solace in the fact the Cowboys just gave up one draft pick if that helps any.

Amari Cooper has about a year and a half with the Dallas Cowboys to prove the organization doesn't have some kind of curse when it comes to trading for wide receivers. He becomes a free agent in 2020 unless an extension is worked out before hand. It's not a lot of time to prove oneself, especially since he's joining a new team with a new QB, but that's the situation he finds himself in now.

History repeating itself with the Cowboys acquisition of Amari Cooper?



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