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Jerry Jones Delivers Thankful Hall of Fame Speech

Jess Haynie

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Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones received the honor of being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame last night, and in his speech he expressed gratitude for just about anybody you could possibly think of. In fact, he mentioned some names you might have never even considered.

Many think of Jerry as a glory hog; a man whose ego drove Jimmy Johnson away and had him constantly trying to make big moves to look like a genius general manager. Even if there’s a little truth to that, Jerry showed last night just how much he appreciates everyone who had a hand in the Cowboys becoming the biggest franchise in sports.

Jerry Jones

Jerry thanked the men who helped make the Cowboys into America’s Team; Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, and Gil Brandt. Jones said he stood on their shoulders in taking the franchise forward.

Jones went on to thank Jimmy Johnson for the work he did in building and coaching the Cowboys championship teams of the 90s. He also made sure to give credit to Barry Switzer, who had the unenviable task of trying to follow in Jimmy’s shadow and still brought home another title.

Jerry even took time to thank Herschel Walker for the willingness to be part of the infamous trade that allowed the Cowboys to build their 90s dynasty. I even learned something, not previously knowing that Herschel could have stopped the trade but allowed it to go through.

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Jerry Jones & Emmitt Smith (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Next up were special comments about the Triplets and Larry Allen, including thanks to Emmitt, Michael Irvin, and Larry for asking Jerry to present them at their own Hall of Fame inductions. Jerry also went on to list many other big names from the 90s, such as Darren Woodson, Jay Novaceck, and Daryl Johnston.

Jerry then moved into the modern era, thanking Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and DeMarcus Ware for their time with the Cowboys. He also endorsed Witten and Ware for their own very deserving Hall of Fame spots.

These are just a few of the many men who received a nod of appreciation from the sincerely grateful Jerry. He also gave recognition to his personal assistant Marilyn Love, who according to Jerry “runs the Cowboys” after 40 years of working for Jones.

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Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

As one would expect, Jerry finished with his family. The Cowboys are indeed a family business, and Jones individually recognized his sons Stephen and Jerry Jr. and daughter Charlotte for their contributions to the team and the NFL.

Gene Jones, who introduced her husband for his enshrinement, was next up. Jerry said she has never missed a game in all of his years of owning the team. He said the best lesson he ever taught his children was the value of a great spouse.

Say what you want about Jerry Jones, but the man used arguably his greatest moment of personal recognition to mention everyone that’s helped along the way. He also closed with thoughts about the role of football itself; the game molding him as a man going back to his own playing days.

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There’s no denying that Jerry’s made some bad choices through the years, but he’s also made some great ones. Jerry was learning how to own and run a football team while winning Super Bowls, and those three quick championships set a bar that has been hanging over him ever since.

The greatest sin a sports owner can make is putting his own wallet above the franchise and its fans. Jerry has done the opposite; spending whatever it took to try to make the Dallas Cowboys a winner. If anything, Jerry’s desperate pursuit of success on the field has been his enemy at times.

It wasn’t about profits. The Cowboys are the most valuable team in sports despite all these years with another Super Bowl win. Jerry’s moves have always been having a winning team for the sake of the men who work for him and the fans who follow it. He built AT&T Stadium as a monument to the most recognized team in all of professional sports, not to himself.

Jerry Jones became a Hall of Famer by always doing what he thought was in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League. Even in these years without another Lombardi Trophy, Jerry has been a champion of the game and the fan experience. Without him, the last two generations of Cowboys fans may not have ever existed.

Every bit of gratitude that Jerry showed last night, every Cowboys fan should show it right back.

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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.

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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.

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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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