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The San Francisco 49ers brings their 3-7 record to town this week. There is no room to look beyond this game, the Cowboys simply cannot afford to stumble. This will not be an easy game it will take the same kind of effort given in the Redskin game to get a victory. This team seems to understand and grasp this notion now, although it was just one game. Let’s hope they can come out with the same intensity they showed the last week.

On the offensive side of the ball here are my keys to the game:

  1. Establish the run, big key here is getting someone on Willis.
  2. Attack the corners of their defense, Force them into mismatches with Roy and T.O.
  3. Control the Clock, this will help the defense immensely the longer we have the ball the more it forces the Niners to go away from Frank Gore.

I look for the game to go very similar to last week’s game plan.

On defense it’s a pretty simple game plan.

  1. STOP FRANK GORE! They will get the ball to Gore many different ways and they must be ready.
  2. Be aware of the screen! The Niners love the screen to Gore
  3. Up the middle pass rush! Force Shaun Hill into making bad decisions, he has the ability to move around a little but he tends to make poor decisions when forced to run.

I expect to see a lot of the 46 defense.

Special Teams, well for starters tackle the guy with ball! This has been a sore spot all year and it has not gotten any better so I don’t anticipate drastic improvements this week. Sounds like a bleak outlook I know, but this unit has played the same since preseason and I have not seen or heard anything to make me think otherwise.

As much as I would love to see a blow out I do not necessarily believe that is what this team needs right now. This team needs to start building some momentum, and confidence. Nothing builds confidence and momentum like someone giving you their best shot and you standing tall and throwing one back. This team needs to be pushed and tested. Dictate the game this week fellas!

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3 Comments
  • Anonymous

    Big game for Romo and offense. They need to start manufacturing long scoring drives and stay consistent through out the whole game!

  • Anonymous

    Niners steal one in Big D, Everyone underestimates them the Singletary Niners are a whole new group a flip of the coin and they beat the Cards who are a pretty decent team this year. That might be the death blow to the wild card, but when you mess with fire and pick up people like Pac Mac Jones and T.O. eventually your gonna get BURNED

  • Anonymous

    I do not under estimate the Niners, as a matter of fact I have built them up.You are right with Singletary they are a different team, but dont think for one second that the Cowboys do not know that! Seems like to me you guys may have some suspect characters in your locker room as well! (Vernon Davis)

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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

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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

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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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