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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.

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.



  1. Dad365

    December 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    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.

  2. Mr. Bamboozaul

    December 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm

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

  3. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    December 10, 2015 at 8:32 am 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.

  4. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    December 10, 2015 at 8:33 am 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?

  5. Zac Fields

    December 10, 2015 at 9:38 am

    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.

  6. SilverandBlueSpirit

    December 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    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.

  7. S. Teamer

    December 11, 2015 at 3:07 am

    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!!!

  8. Yolie

    December 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Maybe they need a new general manager.

  9. Blue Star

    December 14, 2015 at 12:12 am

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

  10. maxdallasfan

    December 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm

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

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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

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Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

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Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

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Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.

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DeMarcus Lawrence Named Top Free Agent Of The 2019 Class

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Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys 2019 free agent class. Dallas has a ton of cap space moving forward, but they are going to "have" to pay many of the key players on their roster over the next two offseasons in order to keep their young core together.

Of course, when you're drafting, that's the goal. To draft so well that when your own players become free agents, you go ahead and pay them to keep them around, rather than overpay on the free agent market for external players.

One of the major pieces the Cowboys will have to retain this offseason is defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. And while Cowboys Nation often thinks of Lawrence as underrated around the league, the NFL has caught onto his importance as he enters free agency this Spring. ranked their top 10 free agents for 2019, with DeMarcus Lawrence clocking in at number one, over elite players like Jadeveon Clowney and Le'Veon Bell.

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DeMarcus Lawrence is going to command big time money, likely even Khalil Mack-type money. But the fact of the matter is that he has earned it. Lawrence has been the heart and soul of the Cowboys defensive line the last two seasons, and the most consistent edge player on the team as well.

Not only has he been an effective pass rusher, but DeMarcus Lawrence also plays with a relentless motor against the run that can sometimes be rare to find in those premier pass rushers. He really is a jack of all trades at defensive end, and should be priority number one for the Cowboys this offseason.

Thankfully, I can't imagine the Cowboys not retaining DeMarcus Lawrence and extending him in the coming months.

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When it Mattered Most, Cowboys Offensive Line Protected Dak Prescott

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Throughout the 2018 NFL season, one of the major story lines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was how frequently Dak Prescott was taking sacks. It's an area that the Cowboys will have to look at in the offseason to better protect their franchise quarterback moving forward. In the playoffs, however, Dak Prescott and the offensive line were much better at keeping their prized possession upright than they were in the regular season.

In the regular season, Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times for an average of 3.5 times a game. There was only one game where he wasn't sacked at all, way back in week two against the New York Giants. Four times this season, the Cowboys' quarterback was sacked five or more times. The New Orleans Saints got him for a season high seven times.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dak was "kept clean" -- not pressured -- on 63% of his drop backs during the regular season, which ranked 25th in the NFL. When kept clean, Prescott completed 74.1% of his passes, which was good for 5th in the NFL during the regular season. He was under pressure 37% of the time, which was the sixth highest rate in the NFL and his completion percentage dropped to 52.6%, still good for 10th in the NFL. It was better than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Baker Mayfield.

During the playoffs, Prescott's "kept clean" percentage rose from 63% to 68% and he was only sacked once in each game. The one sack against the Los Angeles Rams probably shouldn't have been called a sack as the referee blew the whistle because Prescott was "in the grasp"...

...of his offensive lineman.

During the playoffs, the Cowboys offensive line kept the pressure off of Prescott at a better rate, allowing him to be pressured on only 31.9% of his drop backs. Meaning he was kept clean at an improved rate from the regular season at 68.1% of his drop backs. This while playing against two teams that are really good at rushing the passer. The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks both finished in the top half of the league in sacks this season and feature players like Aaron Donald, Jarran Reed, and Frank Clark who all had double-digit sacks.

As we know, pressure rates and sacks aren't all completely on the offensive line. The quarterback, wide receivers, and the play calling all factor in, but the Cowboys are trending in the right direction with their pass protection. A full offseason for Connor Williams in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program, better health for Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and -- fingers crossed -- Travis Frederick, should all help the offensive line play at a higher level heading into the 2019 season.

It can't be overstated how important it will be to get Travis Frederick back into the fold this season. Joe Looney was good, and that might be overstating it a bit. He was not noticeable on most plays during the season, but getting your All-Pro center back will tremendously help the offense in every facet of the game. Frederick's one of the smarter players in the NFL, who helps everyone on the offense to see the blitzes and calls out the protections. Both his mental and physical ability will be a welcomed site when the Cowboys begin practicing in the offseason.

With another year of growth for the quarterback and for the young pieces along the offensive line, and with a full offseason for Dak Prescott to grow with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys should be better next season at keeping the quarterback clean.

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