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Somehow, Cowboys OL Chaz Green Is Still Alive

Jess Haynie

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The most maligned player coming out of the Dallas Cowboys 2017 season was offensive lineman Chaz Green, whose epic meltdown against the Atlanta Falcons was the worst moment of the year. Despite this, Green remains on the roster and apparently not at the bottom of it.

With Guard Zack Martin not reporting to OTAs yet during his contract negotiation, it has been Chaz who's been playing in his place at right guard with the starters. Yes THAT Chaz Green, not veteran guards Joe Looney or Marcus Martin, has been getting that first-team work.

If that surprises, confuses, or disturbs you, you're not alone.

You can't blame the organization for wanting to get something out of Green, given that he was a third-round pick just three years ago. But his time in Dallas has been full of disappointment, both in his play and his ability to stay healthy.

Chaz is now in the final year of his rookie contract. He counts just $877k against the salary cap, which is a bargain for a versatile reserve with experience.

But not all experience is good.

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Dallas Cowboys OT Chaz Green

Dallas clearly knows they don't want Green as the swing tackle anymore, signing veteran free agent Cam Fleming to a $2.5 million salary to take over that role. But apparently they're still hoping to get something out of Chaz in this final year of his deal.

Dallas has two guys with more experience at guard than Green; the aforementioned Looney and Martin. "Jumbo Joe" has been in the system for two years already, and Marcus was signed last March as a versatile guard-center option.

Giving Chaz this early work may not be an indication that team prefers him to Looney or Martin. They may be assessing him at guard to see if he has any future there before training camp begins, knowing if they really want to invest more time in him in the coming months.

But still, when you hear that Green is getting first-team reps, it's a cause for pause.

Chaz already failed to make it at guard once, losing out to Jonathan Cooper at left guard last year. Dallas will likely go with rookie Connor Williams there this year,  but perhaps Green will get some more looks if the second-round pick struggles.

Of course, Zack Martin should be back as the right guard soon. But if his contract holdout continues into training camp, maybe we'll see even more of Chaz in the starting lineup.

Obviously, we'd love for Chaz Green to turn things around and make a positive impact on the team. But so far he's been a blown third-round pick and had one of the ugliest individual performances in recent memory last year.

He's still alive, though, and perhaps closer to the starting lineup than we'd have ever guessed.



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8 Comments

  1. Mark Peters

    June 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    How? He’s an average guard at best. He must be the nicest guy in the world. This is not based just on the ATL game. Sometimes players even good ones get in over their heads. I was more upset at the coaches for some unfathomable reason they didnt help him. I know Witt was in the game because he always was for 15 years. I cant see how that staff would continue to allow their possible franchise QB take a beating like that. But I regress. With the new FA they signed, if he makes this roster my head may explode. Bad footwork, no nastiness, not the strongest. I don’t know will 1 person give me a tiny example of upside. Please

  2. Sexcdex Xfact

    June 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Up until that infamous Atlanta mayhem , Chaz Green never even came remotely close to portraying such a horrific game
    IDK what happened or why & didn’t see this coming either
    But now with the possible explantion given that this could be to see if & what they may have in him
    It also says they’re making sure they don’t waste anything worthwhile
    Now,
    I’d just like to compare the same thoughts & feelings I have with the CB controversy brewing with J. Lewis & A. Brown
    I feel there’s a good chance Dallas, (ie. C. Richard), is seeing just what they have in Brown before handing the reigns to Lewis for good
    This could be a very good trade value moves for both these scenarios or just simply depth preparations
    Either way competition breeds excellence

    • Mark Peters

      June 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      I watched him at Florida. He was good but not what I would say special. I think Dallas saw a lot of potential and made him a 3rd round pick and cant admit they are wrong. Nothing personal I hope he goes somewhere else and balls out.

  3. EverybodyTalks

    June 4, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Do the Cowboys think Alexander can bring him back from the brink? There was talk that they did Chaz wrong by trying to make him train at Guard after being the swing tackle in the previous year. I remember one game, where Chaz looked like he was false starting every down, but when they actually went back to the tape he was demonstrating excellent reaction time. He was finally called for not being up on the line.
    Chaz has been given ample opportunities but injuries have sidelined him (like Tapper). Even if Alexander is the Chaz-whisperer, most fans will never be able to get past the Atlanta debacle. I saw it again, on All or Nothing, and that nightmare performance left fresh scars.

  4. dallas1966

    June 5, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Green career just received a boost from the hiring of Alexander

  5. Stevenson Durandisse

    June 5, 2018 at 5:49 am

    There’s always a reason.

  6. Ellen Legree

    June 5, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    We as fans always often never give player that screwed up a chance but I will. I believe Chaz already know what he has to do to redeem himself and he will do just that when he makes the team this summer.

    • Mark Peters

      June 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      In that respect you’re right. He should not be judged by one game. Good or bad. And he has been moved around which is not beneficial for younger players. He must be good at practice but in games way too many mental errors. Give him a lot of reps at one position in the first 2 preseason games. If not notably better than move on. Maybe a change of scenery will help.

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Tony Romo Won’t Be the Next Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator

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It Is Time for the Dallas Cowboys to Move on From Tony Romo

The pipe dream has been going on since former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback-turned CBS Analyst Tony Romo hung up his cleats for the black blazer. Fans from all corners of Cowboys Nation have clamored for a return to the field or at worst the sideline as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.

Let me stop you right there. It's not happening.

First of all. He's never been a coach at any level of football, so to assume that he could leave the broadcast booth and step into coaching an NFL offense and doing so at a high level is a huge leap of faith in number 9. Sure, Jon Gruden left the Monday Night Football booth for his lucrative deal with the Oakland Raiders, but he had won a Super Bowl and had been an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL for years before joining the broadcasting ranks.

Tony Romo has an excellent understanding of football. He displays it on a regular basis during the CBS broadcasts. But doing from the broadcast view, seeing what the defense is trying to do, and calling the plays to counter what the defense is trying to do are very different things.

Secondly, the coaching job would be a major time commitment that at the moment he doesn't have. Even if he's working a 40 hour work week in preparation for his three-hour time slot, the demands on NFL coaches are easily twice that with many coaches putting in 100 hour work weeks in preparation for Sundays. Tony Romo has a family that even he's talked about as part of the reason that he went into broadcasting instead of looking to hop on with another NFL team.

Finally, the job would mean a significant pay cut from what Romo is already making. It's estimated that the former Cowboys quarterback is making anywhere from $5-10 million dollars a year with CBS. Jason Garrett is making $6 million per year as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so even if the Jones family was willing to pay first-time NFL coach Tony Romo a ton of money to come out of the broadcast booth, there's zero chance they pay him what he's making as a broadcaster. To do so, would be to undercut the head coach. Jason Garrett is Jerry Jones' guy. The owner and general manager wants Garrett to be the guy that leads the Cowboys to Super Bowl success, so there's zero chance he'd pay a coordinator close to Garrett's money, which would lead to constant speculation about the head coach and his future with the organization.

I love Tony Romo. His jersey is one of only two Cowboys jerseys that I own -- along with Darren Woodson -- and I think he could make a good coach one day, but I'd be hard pressed to see him come out of the coaching booth to take a coordinator job and have immediate success. The guys that are offensive coordinators in the NFL have been grinding for years to earn their jobs. Most started as position coaches -- see Sean McVay as Redskins TE coach. The Dallas Cowboys will spend the next few days, and perhaps weeks, identifying their replacement for Scott Linehan, but let's put to bed the dream of Romo as offensive coordinator.

It's just not going to happen.



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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

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Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back. https://t.co/hCMYoE8fEh

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!



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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

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Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

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Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan

Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.



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