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Putting The Dallas Cowboys Suspensions In Perspective

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys defense – a unit that has already been mired in mediocrity for far too long – is now depleted by three suspensions to start off the 2016 season. Collectively, three starters in the front seven will miss 18 games in total, with Rolando McClain out for 10 games and Randy Gregory along with fellow defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence out for 4 games.

Cowboys’ Head Coach Jason Garrett preaches the need to have the “right kind of guys” wearing the star on Sundays, but a closer look at the team’s current suspensions compared to the rest of the league shows that Dallas still has a long way to go in this regard.

As of today, 17 NFL players will serve suspensions totaling 87 games.

This data came from Spotrac.com, and you can see their full suspensions list right here. Let’s start with that total number of games that the league has handed down in suspensions. We already mentioned that Cowboys’ defenders will miss a total of 18 games. This means that three Dallas Cowboys account for a fifth of the league’s number of suspended games. 

To make matters worse, you could probably guess by now that no other team has more suspended players than the Cowboys. The Ravens and Jaguars come close with two players each, but neither team will see players as close in importance to McClain, Gregory, and Lawrence miss significant time.

QB Tom Brady, WR Martavis Bryant, and DE Sheldon Richardson are arguably the three biggest names on this list. Even still, their teams feature a definitive plan with depth behind the suspended players to stay in contention.

I’m willing to bet that the Patriots will find a way to be relevant all season long again, the Steelers passing attack will still put up points, and the Jets defensive line will still torment quarterbacks.

The same cannot nearly be said about the Cowboys’ defense as a whole, which will represent a third of a team that has serious Super Bowl aspirations.

It is alright to be frustrated, Cowboys Nation.  All we can do is root for the players in silver and blue that will actually see the field every week, and represent what it truly means to be a Dallas Cowboy. Defensively, let’s hope some of these guys can step up and make us forget about these suspensions.

What are your thoughts on the Cowboys’ defensive suspensions? Comment away to share your thoughts or email me at sean.martin@insidethestar.com!

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  • http://Inside%20the%20Star John Bush

    Although these suspensions are a tough nugget to chew, I believe that the group of young beef we have coming up will be able to nold down the fort or even excel. Nezchoa is an athletic freak. If he can pick up some of rhe subtleties of the defense he could surprise. Being a Sooner die hard, I know what Charles Tapper can do. He is an athletic freak that was playing (and quite well I might add) out of position for the last 2 years. Also, there is alot of good stuff, all be it out of pads, being said about Russell. Somebody in the organization knows something the rest of us don't about Benson Mayowa and judging by McClay's track record, I bet he has got a little something to bring to this party as well. Like I said before, the suspensions are a bitter pill to swallow but don't give up just yet on these young, athletic guys coming into their own. They may just surprise us all.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      Thank you for reading, John. You said a lot of good things here. I definitely am intrigued by what Nzeocha can develop into with some serious reps, and the same can be said about Tapper and Russell. It's just tough to swallow because, like it or not, the reality is that the Cowboys were a 4-12 team in 2015. The "standard" isn't going to be that these unproven defenders, albeit with potential, can go replicate what they did in 2014 and turn out to be playmakers. Hoping they prove us all wrong though.

  • http://Bleacher%20report Steve Maxwell

    It is actually only 15%, please, if you are going to state facts, please make the m correct.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      87 NFL games, 18 of which are owned by Cowboys. The Cowboys' portion of those games equals 20.689%. Not 15%. Please, check yourself before bitching at others. 🙂 Thanks!

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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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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