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Roy Williams Sent Packing

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The Dallas Cowboys finally came to their senses and released Roy Williams! Now many of you are still on the Roy Willy band wagon, and for those of you that are I truly feel sorry for you. There has always been a common rule among draft experts, in where they all believe that you should never draft a safety in the top ten . I completely believe in this drafting rule. The proof is in the pudding. Can anyone name five safeties drafted in the top ten that has been successful in the NFL? When I say successful I am speaking about a few things in particular. First, the player must show signs of improvement through out his tenure in the league. Second, can the player perform no matter who is around him? and third, Does the player command that the opposing offense be aware of where he is?

Now I realize that some of you will blast me for having a bad attitude towards Roy and I am OK with that. All I am asking for is for you to truly sit back and look at his body of work, and be honest in your opinion. Roy was the typical Oklahoma player. Oklahoma since the arrival of Bob Stoops has been well known for getting the very best out of their players. This is great for the Sooners, and their fans. Unfortunately this is not good for the NFL teams drafting them. The knock is that what you see from OU players in college is exactly what you will see from them in the NFL. They normally will not get any better, as Stoops is able to get the maximum from them in college. This story is very true when it comes to Roy Williams. Roy is and has been the same player now that he was in college! No change!

Everyone wants to scream from the mountain top about the fact that he is a five time Pro Bowler! The Pro Bowl selections can never be taken away from him, but how many of them do you actually believe were deserved? The first two that he got were in my eyes the only ones that were legitimate. At that time Roy had the luxury of playing beside one Darren Woodson. Darren was a very capable cover safety, which allowed Roy to play up near the line and crack heads, knowing he did not have to cover anyone. Roy has never been a good coverage guy, Never! Since Woodsons departure Roy has been more liability than Pro Bowler. The problems had become worse and worse by the year. What he has always been known for was his ability to crack skulls. When Roy hit someone they were down! This element of his game however has not been there in a looooooooong time. He no longer was able to lay the proverbial “knockout Blow”. So he began to tackle people by the “Horse Collar” (on a side note this is one of the dumber rules the NFL has ever come up with) and hang on to them like a steer wrestler. So as the deterioration has taken place teams not only do not worry with where he is they simply pray that he plays!

What has Roy’s impact been on the team? In my opinion not much! If you go back and look at what he has done, and I am talking about looking at past game film. You will see that during most games he is doing one of two things. Either over committing to the play action, or pointing fingers at teammates as to say “That was your man”. There are a thousand different people that the Cowboys could put back there and do the same thing, without paying them 7 or 8 million dollars. Hell for my current crappy salary I will go back there!

I am not asking for any of you to agree with me. As a matter of fact I expect to be harassed by most, and that’s ok. Just don’t fool yourself into believing that the Cowboys are doomed without him. As a matter of fact I propose that this team is in a much better place without him! I am more comfortable with Pat Watkins back there! At least Pat will admit that he failed to do his job!

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4 Comments
  • https://insidethestar.com/ bags030404

    Wow I can not believe not a single Roy lover in the bunch!

  • https://insidethestar.com/about/ Bryson Treece

    lol … looking for some more argument over him? Hit up the forum … you can get it all over there.

  • Raina

    I am not going to argue with you and sure do not need you to feel sorry for me! I appreciate all the years he dedicated to the Cowboys and I feel he deserves fans to remember those years and all the ground shaking hits!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ bags030404

    Ground shaking hits? When was the last time one of those took place?

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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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