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Should Cowboys Address TE Injuries and Inexperience With This FA?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Address TE Injuries and Inexperience With This FA?

As impressive as the Dallas Cowboys win over the New Orleans Saints was, this is no time for them to get complacent. They still have several areas in which they can improve, which is why I think they should consider adding Free Agent Coby Fleener to help stabilize and upgrade the tight end position.

The Dallas Cowboys chose to approach the tight end position much like they did at wide receiver at the beginning of the season. They hoped they could just throw some bodies out there and still get the same kind of production, but that the experiment has failed.

The Cowboys were lucky enough to be up to make a move to improve the WR position by acquiring Amari Cooper via trade, and it's that kind of aggressive approach I believe they now need to apply to the TE position. That's especially true considering Geoff Swaim could be done for the year after sustaining a broken wrist, which required surgery, against the Atlanta Falcons a couple weeks ago.

With Swaim out for an undisclosed amount of time, the Cowboys TE position is in dire straits if they have to rely on the inexperience of Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers, and Dalton Schultz. None of the three are close to being the blocker or receiver Swaim is, and that alone should raise a red flag.

Swaim's injury and the inexperience behind him on the TE depth chart has forced the Cowboys to turn to Wide Receiver Noah Brown as a "Light End" as my fellow Staff Writer John Williams has so eloquently entitled him. I'm a big fan of Brown's, but a tight end he is not.

Coby Fleener

Free Agent TE Coby Fleener (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

I think it's time the Cowboys make another bold move, much like they did by acquiring Amari Cooper and give Coby Fleener a call. At 30 years old, he should still have a few more years of tread left on the tires and would provide a really good short-term solution while the position sorts itself out.

He hasn't played at all in 2018 after being released by the Saints, but he didn't have a terrible 2017 season before it was cut short due to concussion problems. Last year he delivered 631 yards receiving and three touchdowns with a catch percentage of 73.3%, which is production the Cowboys would love to be getting from their tight ends.

Fleener could come in and not only mentor the youth movement, but also provide more-than-viable production for the remainder of the 2018 season and potentially 2019 as well. He's not going to cost a lot and would be that "transitional" veteran presence while the Cowboys figure out the long-term solution. Sounds like a win-win to me.

I don't know if the Dallas Cowboys will agree, but this seems like a no-brainer to me. There is still a lot on the line these next few games and adding someone who is not only cost-effective, but an upgrade like Coby Fleener could pay dividends down the road.

Now is not the time for complacency. The Cowboys must do everything within their power to keep improving and I believe adding Coby Fleener is a great start.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should consider adding Coby Fleener?

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  • DevilDog58

    It would all depend on whether or not he could pick up and execute the current Offense. If so, why not? But that may be a big if this late in the season. If not, hopefully they can pick one up in the off season, either through FA ala Jay Novacek or in the 2nd Round of the Draft.

  • Lous8

    I absolutely agree. He’s a Vet so picking up the offense won’t be a problem, but I still wish they’d use Gathers in the passing attack.

  • Tony Hill

    Yes he is first because what happen to Ezekiel Elliott. But I hope it is for the benefits to help Ezekiel Elliott out so he Don’t need to be over work. Hurting his long turn chance playing RB in this league. Zeke need a quality back up just like most other backs do. Yes he is a stud but human at the same time. But Ezekiel Elliott got 6 games lost when he got suspended so you know Jerry Jones watch to see what happen with this. I just hope it is about more and what I think we need to get even better. Get a safety and TE and the first two round then DT in the third round man we just could be unstoppable. Plus a OL in the 4th round keep building the line is a must. Then best available players LBers, WRs,DE, CBs

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Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?

Kevin Brady



Was Sunday A "Wake Up Call," Or A Flashback To Reality?

Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.

Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.

Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.

The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."

Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?

Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.

No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.

The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.

All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.

After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.

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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

Brian Martin



Scott Linehan

Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?

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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

Kevin Brady



Zack Martin

What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.

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