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Kris Richard, the key to Bringing Earl Thomas to Dallas?

Brian Martin

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Kris Richard, Earl Thomas

The off-season. A time for football fans to dream about their team drafting their favorite college prospect, signing the ideal free agent, or trading for that missing piece. For a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans, Earl Thomas is that dream, but a dream that could very much become reality.

Let that sink in for just a minute…

Earl Thomas, a Dallas Cowboy?

It seems a little unreal, but it could be a very real possibility thanks to the stars aligning and certain things falling into place at the right time. Let me show you what I mean:

  • The Seattle Seahawks and Earl Thomas are possibly parting ways.
  • Earl Thomas voicing his desire to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • The Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade the safety position.
  • And most importantly, the hiring of Kris Richard to become the Cowboys new passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Okay, maybe the stars aren't exactly aligning, but I still like the odds of the Dallas Cowboys landing Earl Thomas. Things of course have to happen in order for this to become a real possibility though.

The Seattle Seahawks have to decide what they want to do with Thomas. He will become a free agent after the completion of the 2018 season and is set to account for $10.4 million against the salary cap this season. The Seahawks could save $8.5 million by releasing him, but they will probably explore the possibility of trading him first.

That of course is where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

Earl Thomas

Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas

Like I mentioned earlier, Earl Thomas has already voiced his desire to play for the Cowboys, telling Jason Garrett "come get me" after the Seahawks defeated Dallas on Christmas Eve. That statement has to be stuck in Garrett's head even now, especially with the current need at the safety position.

The Dallas Cowboys have to have at least a little bit of interest in bringing in Earl Thomas, if not a lot. That interest might just have increased after the recent new hiring of Kris Richard, who knows Thomas very well and has coached him in some capacity since he entered the league.

In fact, Kris Richard joined the Seattle Seahawks the same time as Earl Thomas in 2010. Here's a breakdown of Richard's coaching credentials with the Seahawks:

  • Assistant defensive backs coach (2010)
  • Cornerbacks coach (2011)
  • Defensive backs coach (2012-2014)
  • Defensive coordinator (2015-2017)

As you can see, Richard has been a part of Earl Thomas' professional career every step of the way. He knows the All-Pro safety better than just about anyone and could end up being a key factor in putting a star on his helmet.

Of course, this is all conjecture at this point. The Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks would likely have to work out a trade that would be mutually beneficial to both parties. But, any concerns the Cowboys might've had about acquiring Earl Thomas via trade can now be squashed because of Kris Richard's first-hand knowledge.

It would seem that compensation is really the only hurdle standing in the way of making a lot of Cowboys fans dream become a reality. Earl Thomas could very well be suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. Here's to hoping the stars actually align…

Does Kris Richard's hiring increase the odds of the Cowboys acquiring Earl Thomas?



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4 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    I just mentioned this in Seans article about hiring Richards. Earl thomas already said he wanna be here so why not. He might be the missing link to a young building defense who could be on the verge of being a top D. Lets get done Jerry

  • Mr. Jaguar

    Brian. It’s not if, that’s a moot point, it’s now WHEN, with the hiring of Kris Richards to the fold, for this to become a reality.

    This transaction will go down in Cowboys history like the 1992 transaction with the 49’ers on the addition of DE Charles Haley.

    Both of these transaction shifed the power structure of the NFC, from one team to another.

    I truly believe that Thomas will be the missing piece that Haley was in 1992, in which the Cowboys won 3 SB with Haley. Will the football God’s be kind again to the Cowboys by winning 3. or more SB?
    Putting Jason Garrett in elite territory as a Coach, in addition, to affirmation of Jerry’s patience in keeping Garrett, with 3 or more SB during his tenure as the coach of the Cowboys? Only time will tell.

  • Hector Espindola

    You are right! Moreover, I see Earl (baking his words) making it happens, whcih means a deal to close to the right price!!

  • Hobbes49

    This would be a dream come true for the Cowboys defense. His knowledge of the game and history with Richard would greatly benefit the young CB’s and his skill set would improve this defense significantly. Go get him Jerry!!!

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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

Let me start this article with a strong opening statement: The Cowboys will be better in 2018 than they were in 2017. There's been a lot of talk about the lack of a true No. 1 receiver. But when we break it down, the current setup will most likely play out better for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

The Dak Stats

Certain quarterbacks shine when they have that go-to playmaker. We're talking about guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Ocho Cinco, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Dez Bryant. But other QBs do better at reading the defense and quickly adapting to what is given. Dak Prescott is the latter breed of QB.

Let’s do a quick numbers exercise to prove this.

When Prescott is targeting 8 or more receivers throughout the game, his passer rating jumps from 86.1 (targeting less than 8) to 104.5. He passes for almost 50 yards more per game and his touchdown to interception ratio drastically improves from 21-13 to 24-4.

Most importantly, when he targets at least 8 different receivers, the Cowboys are 14-2. When he targets less than 8, the team is just .500 at 8-8.

Without a doubt, Prescott is much better at adjusting to what the defense is giving him. He just isn’t one of those guys who can successfully "force" the ball (like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Not feeling the pressure of having to get the ball into the hands of the star playmaker will give this offense a new kind of depth in 2018.

Yes, losing Jason Witten hurts, much more so in my opinion than not having Dez.

Questions Still Loom

This is still the Cowboys' biggest concern on offense. There is some great depth. We have Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and the young stud out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz. But between the three who have any NFL experience, there are only 9 catches between them. I must say that Dalton, with his 4.75 40-yard dash, has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of playing time in his rookie campaign and could become an impact player with his size (6’5”, 244-lbs) and speed.

But despite the battle for TE being wide open, and debates about whether or not the team needs a No. 1 receiver, the Cowboys are still expected to give the Eagles a run for their money in the NFC East. Here are the odds on the defending NFC East champions and how (although early) it is expected to shake out:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles -167
  2. Dallas Cowboys +350
  3. New York Giants +650
  4. Washington Redskins +750

NFC East Week 1 Predictions

The Cowboys open the season in a difficult road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have been listed as 2.5-point favorites (follow the Cowboys NFL Odds here all season long) which isn’t surprising considering they are a tough team playing at home. You might be thinking, "crap, we're opening up as underdogs?" Don’t worry too much; it actually bodes fairly well because the lines-makers generally give a 3-point advantage to the home team. This means that they actually handicap the Cowboys to be a half-point favorite on a neutral field and a 3.5-point favorite in Arlington.

The Redskins open their season in Arizona against the Cardinals. The line is set at a pick ‘em (meaning there is no point spread; it's anyone's game). But, looking at the 'Skins and Cardinals, I think Washington gets disappointed in Week 1 and starts their season with a loss.

The Giants get to test their new offensive line and see if they were right in continuing to place their faith in Eli Manning against the best defense in the league. The Jags are 3-point favorites at MetLife stadium. This means the Jags are actually 6-points better. I do think that the Giants will be vastly improved this season, but they are also going to open with a loss.

The Eagles don’t have it easy either, but they will probably pull out the win at home as 4-point favorites against the Dirty Birds on Thursday Night Football. Their defense is just too good. Atlanta's road offense scored just 21 points per game last year while Philly scores 28 on average at home. The Eagles' home defense has been downright nasty, only allowing 12 points per game in Philadelphia.

This will be a two-horse race for the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. And even if the Eagles win the East, the Cowboys will wildcard into the playoffs.



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