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Bryson Treece

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It seems to be the fad of late to blame someone for the Cowboys woes in 2008, and this fine Pro Bowl weekend is no exception. A report by Jason Cole at YahooSports.com reveals that while the hustle and bustle of the Pro Bowl is under way, the Cowboys Owner/President/GM is meeting with several of his offensive players to discuss none other than … Terrell Owens.

According to his report, Jones is discussing issues that some players are having with Owens. These players are claiming that Owens is refusing to communicate with his offensive teammates in the locker room, in the huddle, or otherwise.

From this, and recent TMZ photos, we can see that the fad is still going strong. Owens was caught at a Las Vegas nightclub with fellow offensive teammates Patrick Crayton and Marion Barber recently, so apparently his new found refusal to talk to his offensive teammates is selective.

The idea of Terrell Owens being at the center of a team’s controversy is nothing new, and some believe that because of his role in similar situations before he arrived in Dallas, that he is automatically to blame for what is happening here. Still others think that his baggage is being used to make him the easy target. It’s a fine line to walk between being hated and being loved, but Owens seems to be getting help from a select few that want to brand him as the fall of the Cowboys in 2008.

I’m not buying into the hype though. Jerry Jones may very well be meeting with players as Jason Cole suggests, but it proves more that Owens isn’t the problem in the Big D. Citing yet another “source”, Cole writes, “‘I really believe that Jerry is going to get the message from people that Owens just can’t work there,’ one of the sources said. ‘It’s just a bad, bad situation.’

Seems to me that it’s already pretty easy to pass the blame to another in sports, what with the hounds in the media ready for the next juicy scoop, but it’s even easier to do it when you won’t introduce yourself as the source.

But I, for one, am hoping that these sources who anonymously try to destroy this team are found out soon, because they’re the real cancer of this team. Some would have you believe that it’s Tony Romo or Jason Witten, or even Jason Garrett, but whoever it is … they are indeed the cancer that is eating away at this team’s chance for glory.

The media though, they aren’t much better. And what really surprises me is that while they hunt for that next big scoop on the Cowboys controversy, none of them are willing to give up a source and land the biggest controversy for the Cowboys in this decade. Too bad … a classy reporter would end this charade. A classy reporter wouldn’t have gotten involved in it to begin with.

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12 Comments
  • Tay

    I totally agree, I have long felt that it is not the actual things that Owens says or does that cause all of the distractions, it is the constant harping on the matter from the media that causes problems. I firmly believe things can occur in a locker room one day and be fine the next, but when “sources” start informing the media about it and then the players are forced to answer questions about said incident over and over, then it becomes a problem. If people can remeber, this is what Owens was upset with Haley over when he was here. Owens did something, was punished and thought it would stay in-house but somehow it gets leaked to the media and all hell breaks loose.
    Find these so-called “SOURCES” and remove them from the locker room and team and I think things can begin to heal and team unity can once again be accomplished….

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    That, and no matter how you look at it, Garrett did struggle to use the offensive weapons on this team in 2008, which affected Owens’ stats as well. Even if he has lost a step, which I think he has, he is still running fly routes on every play just about, and he gets a little open more times than not. That has to do a lot with Romo this year, his affected play after the injury and the backups too, that his ability to get a step on the coverage wasn’t taken advantage of more.

  • Joe C

    No matter how you look at it, Owens, no matter what he does, even if it’s a good deed, the media will always find a way to make him look bad. I am guessing that is why some people want him gone for the 09′ season, or at least most. Yeah he might have “lost a step” but if you take a gander at his stats, he is still a pretty damn good receiver in the league, and his stats would have been better if we had a decent backup qb truthfully but that’s another story. It’s just his extra baggage that will be his downfall. I guarantee if T.O. doesn’t come back for next year, these so called “sources” will magically disappear. T.O. has to many haters and to few believers.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Williams getting a full off-season with the first team will make a big difference, and people who keep saying what a bust he was … just wait until next year before making the determination of how valuable he is and will be to this team. Hell, reports right now indicate that is more likely to be our 1st receiver than I hope.

    That’s something I almost mentioned in my last comment, that Garrett ran the same offense two years in a row, the first was pretty nice and the second sucked. What it tells me is that Sparano made such an impact with his play calling, that Garrett tried to keep his plays in place, but without Sparano’s help in making adjustments, Garrett fell short of making work.

    It seemed like Garrett didn’t understand what Sparano did as much as he needed to, and when time came for adjustments to be made without Sparano to help him, his lack of understanding of those plays showed.

  • Joe C

    Yeah true I read/watched something not to long ago about why Garrett was struggling and it made some what sense to me. Was talking about Sparano leaving for Big Tuna down in Miami and how Garrett relied on him a little to kinda help him through his plays, and that this year he was just trying to settle in to his own. Also went on to say that next year he will work things out and rebound back, which I believe will be the case too. Also will be good to get R. E. Williams in training camp use to Romo/Garrett a little better.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Yeah but that dumbass Micheals keeps bringing up the SB and how every single call in that was correct, just like he said during the SB. I can barely stand to hear the guy anyway, and I’ve got the Pro Bowl muted most of the time.

    That was a heck of a catch by Fitz for the TD though, and makes you really wonder what would have happened if that fumble had been reviewed …

  • Joe C

    Yup Yup, also Williams came in the same time Romo was out with his injury, so they had that much less of time to get in-sync with each other. But like I said before I think they might shock us all next year, only time will tell.

    Watching the Pro Bowl and there all talking about R. Lewis would be good in big D, so who knows, maybe big headed JJ will try to work something out with him, that’d be interesting to see.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    What a fuckstick … I hate that guy. I’d rather Collinsworth call the game with Madden.

    But on a brighter note, here goes Fitz again.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Did you hear Collinsworth’s comments about the Cowboys? Yeah right.

    And then they just got Witten pulled aside and asked the same old crap. I still think Witten is too caught up on saying the right things, and ends up saying things that the rest of his team proves wrong. Nice to see a true team player though. Witten is great.

  • Joe C

    Haha yeah I have noticed that too, he said the same thing, “What if…”. But then had to reassure himself that it was by saying like a minute later, “They got it right”… Yeah… OK

  • Joe C

    I dunno about the Madden thing, I can’t stand that guy’s voice, esp. during MNF bahh. And yeah only thing that kinda through me off with Witten’s interview was when asked what needed to happen next season he said “Nothing”, or “No change”. Something like that, that kinda through me for a loop cuz they obviously need something to change, we don’t want the same season as last.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Well he doesn’t either, but yeah, I think he was being overly optimistic about the reason the team failed this year, or last year as it now is. He said no changes needed to be made and then turned around and said the team needs to execute better, which has been his answer all season, which is true.

    I would just be happier if even he would acknowledge that changes are needed to make the team execute better. he just gives the impression that things aren’t that bad, and to a very extended degree they are that bad.

    I want more players owning up to it, the 2008 failure, I want more accountability without all the blame.

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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.

David Moore on Twitter

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.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

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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