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The Cowboys season comes down to one game! Who better to play than the hated Eagles? I must be honest I would much prefer knowing going into this game that the boys were already in the playoffs, but they are not. So there is only one thing to do, and that is to beat the Eagles and begin the new season.

To get ready for the game I went over to NFL Network, funny how different this team looks. Anyway we were supposed to exchange questions with Bleeding Green Nation but we were unable to finish, follow me after the break to see what bleeding green had to say.

1. After what happened to the Eagles in Washington and Dallas against the Ravens, these two teams seem to be on similar ships. Neither team apparently wants in the playoffs! Can the Eagles recover and win this week against Dallas?

“Yeah, I would imagine Eagles and Cowboys fans are feeling pretty similar about their teams right now… They’re obviously talented, but prone to mental lapses and always leave you wondering whether they’ll show up on Sundays. So can the Eagles come out and beat Dallas this weekend? There’s no doubt. Could they get blown out? No doubt… I feel pretty confident that you’ll face a pretty good Eagles defense and at the very least that unit is going to show up… but the offense? Your guess is as good as mine.”

2. What has been the reason for such inconsistency with the Eagles this year?

“That’s the million dollar question isn’t it? Personally, I think it starts with the coaching. The players haven’t always executed and there are holes on the roster… but more than anything I think the Eagles’ inconsistency this year has stemmed from Reid’s play calling. There are times this year in close games with bad weather where he’s called 60 pass plays and less than 20 runs. This is guy who brings in a young QB for his first real game action against the Ravens’ defense on the road in a close game and abandons the run. How is that putting your team in a position to be successful? When the offense is not clicking, I just don’t feel like Reid knows how to adjust in game or fix it.”

3. Did Donovan and the Eagles have a game rules meeting after the Bengal game?

“Given the number of players around the NFL who admitted in the weeks following that they didn’t know the rule… maybe Goodell should have the meeting.”

4. If the Eagles get in to the playoffs can they do any damage or are they a one and done?

“Sure they could. They’ve beaten the Giants this year in New York. They’ve beaten the Cardinals. They’ve beaten the Steelers… All playoff teams, all division winners, two of which are arguably two of the 3 best teams in football. That’s been the frustration with the Eagles this year. We know they’re good enough to beat the best teams, because they have…. but then they also tie the Bengals. They lose to the Bears & Redskins.”

5. If you could have one player from Dallas who would it be and why?

“This is easiest question I’ve gotten all year! Jason Witten. If the guy isn’t the best tight end in football he’s at least the second best and I think tight end is perhaps our biggest hole on either side of the ball. Adding a bona fide playmaker like Witten at that spot could be worth 2 or 3 more wins.”


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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin



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, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie



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



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

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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