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Joe Philbin’s Facing Similar Issues Former OL Coach Couldn’t Overcome

Remember , the last brought in from outside of the organization? Probably not considering he was fired less than halfway through the . Well, the same kind of issues that got him fired after only seven games could be the same ones is now facing in 2020.

In 2018 Paul Alexander had to figure out who to start at after learning of 's Guillian-Barre syndrome diagnosis and also decide who to name the starting . and – the Cowboys second-round pick that year – got the nod, but for whatever reasons Alexander was never able to get the entire OL to meet expectations.

Fast forward to 2020, and Joe Philbin is facing a situation eerily similar. He too has to figure out how to replace the recently retired Travis Frederick and who starts at left . It could very well be Joe Looney and Connor Williams once again, however, both could be challenged by a younger and quite possibly more talented players.

Joe Philbin
Dallas Cowboys OL Coach Joe Philbin

Whatever Philbin plans on doing he needs to be careful not to let repeat itself. What happened to Paul Alexander back in 2018 is a history lesson he needs to take to heart. Even if 2/5 of the Cowboys is unsettled, it's still probably a Top 5 unit in the . But, if they don't live up to those expectations it could be Philbin's head on the chopping block.

Now I don't know what Paul Alexander's downfall was in 2018, but Joe Philbin needs to make sure he's not making the same mistakes. It could've been something as simple as Alexander's teachings not matching the skill set of his players or something else entirely. Whatever was, Philbin would be wise to leave his tinkering to a minimum.

For the most part, the Dallas Cowboys have a talented veteran group of offensive lineman who shouldn't need a lot of up. Maybe a little suggestion here and there of something they could improve upon or do a little differently, but overall the work and foundation is already in place. No need to tinker with something that already works.

It shouldn't be a difficult job to do, however, Paul Alexander probably thought the same. I for one think Joe Philbin will be just fine, but the similarities between now and 2018 did catch my attention. It's going to be interesting to see if history repeats itself or if Philbin is indeed the right man for the job.

How do you think Joe Philbin will do as the Cowboys new OL coach?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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