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Jerry Jones Unhappy With 2015 Coaching Staff



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The Dallas Cowboys won one of the ugliest and weirdest football games of the season on Monday night. At least how Jerry Jones sees it, the Cowboys 'won off will, and not tactical mastery." It's been a long season for the Cowboys. At 4-8, with two major injuries to Tony Romo, Cowboys fans don't have a lot to cheer about regarding this season. Usually, when your signal-caller and franchise player goes down for injury, the head coach normally gets a pass, but it looks as if Jerry Jones doesn't see it that way.

Talking to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Jones had this to say about the 2015 coaching staff:

“I am stunned that we haven’t been able to win more games without Tony... And I would have thought that we could have coached it up enough, and put it together enough, that we would not have lost those games without Romo early. We would be in better shape than we are right now.”

The comments are extremely surprising considering the injuries the Cowboys have been dealt with throughout the season. For a team that had Super Bowl aspirations going into the 2015 season, injuries really have turned this team into the bottom-feeder of the NFC East, even though they still find themselves just one game out of the division.

Despite Jones' comments, Garrett is in the first year of a five-year deal. People have criticized Garrett before, but it should be said that Garrett's at his best when he is managing the roster, growing the team, and letting his coordinators coach and his players play. Unfortunately for Garrett, Jones, and really Cowboys fans everywhere, he's been without his best guy and it's shown throughout the season.

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  • Dad365

    This is jerrys way of letting everybody know their might be a change. I think special teams coach is soooo gone nothing will save him.

  • Mr. Bamboozaul

    What about the quarterback coach, hasn't been able to coach up the backup quarterback position or develop a heir apparent.

  • Jess Haynie User

    This is jerrys way of letting everybody know their might be a change. I think special teams coach is soooo gone nothing will save him.

    Special Teams? What's been wrong with those? Whitehead is averaging 35 yards on six kickoff returns. Coverage has been more than solid. Dan Bailey is a god. Chris Jones is as good as he's ever been.

  • Jess Haynie User

    What about the quarterback coach, hasn't been able to coach up the backup quarterback position or develop a heir apparent.

    Can't argue with complaints about Wade Wilson's work with Weeden and Cassel, but can't say he's had much opportunity to develop an heir. What's he had to work with?

  • Zac Fields

    I think we're probably reading a little too much into these comments Jerry made. Any time you go on a 7-game losing streak, it's a given that you're disappointed in the job the coaches have done. They had a chance to win all but one of those 7 games, so all other things being equal you'd think they'd have at least won a couple of them.

    I don't think this reflects on Jason Garrett. His main job right now since he's not a coordinator is keeping the team motivated and prepared to play. The one thing the team has never failed to do is fight hard in these games. It's tough to keep your team focused through a 7-game losing streak, but Garrett has done a fine job of that. He does share in the offensive failure, although being as he no longer calls the plays I believe his influence is somewhat limited, especially with the success Linehan had last year.

    I have been disappointed substantially in Scott Linehan. I'm starting to think that perhaps the only reason he seemed like a great coordinator last year was because of DeMarco Murray's success in the run game. As soon as Romo got injured, Linehan shut down the offense and tried to call the games as though we had a potent rushing attack. He has opened things up a bit now that we've got Cassel at the helm, but really the offense still has enough weapons without Tony Romo that they should be a lot better than they are.

    People want to rip on Marinelli for the lack of turnovers, but the fact is that he has been forced to run a different passing defense than what he would normally run because we don't have cornerbacks who excel in zone coverage. He ran a lot of zone last year and it led to more turnovers but also led to more passing yards allowed. Last year they were the 7th worst team in the league in pass defense. This year they are the 5th best team in the league in that category. Marinelli has achieved this through more man coverage, but man coverage doesn't put defenders in a good position for turnovers.

    I could see them shaking up the coaching staff a little after this season, but not much. I think Jerry is venting frustration just like all of us have done.

  • SilverandBlueSpirit

    Yeah, I was really shocked to hear him say that but then again he didn't call out anyone specific by name and I don't think there will be any changes.

  • S. Teamer

    Yes , maybe a coaching change is needed for the Dallas. Definitely there is urgent need for QB secondary as well. We have been on the losing streak for quite some time now and it needs to change. Just a strong suggestion speak with coach for the Saints. Just a hint!!!

  • Yolie

    Maybe they need a new general manager.

  • Blue Star

    Jerry Should be unhappy with himself. He hired this clown over really good coaches.

  • maxdallasfan

    Unless the top changes, it's just rearranging the furniture.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

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The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

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Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

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At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

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Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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