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Thursday Night Could Seal Fate Of Dallas Cowboys Staff

Kevin Brady

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Two years ago the Dallas Cowboys were in a different, yet somewhat similar, situation as they are today.

It was 2015 and the Cowboys had fallen apart. After losing their most important offensive player in quarterback Tony Romo on Thanksgiving Day, the Cowboys season was officially over. Sure, there was an outside shot they could have gotten themselves in with a late run, but no one truly believed it could happen.

Their next game? Monday night against the hated Washington Redskins. Most expected them to fold to the eventual division winners, and probably get blown out on prime-time for the world to see.

Instead they stood up and fought. In an incredibly ugly game the Cowboys found a way to get their only win without Romo that season, and though it was just their fourth and final victory of the season, it still felt good.

That team played hard for Jason Garrett. That team decided they had had enough of the losing week after week. And, that team won a divisional game on the road.

Fast forward to this week.

The Cowboys, once again, are coming off of an embarrassing Thanksgiving day loss which virtually ended their season. Like 2015 they now face the Redskins on national television for the whole world to see.

While this game doesn't have much importance to the NFC playoff race, I do believe it holds importance for the future of the Dallas Cowboys. If this team is to come out flat, and suffer a blowout loss at home for the third straight week, there is no way this coaching staff should be safe.

The one area which I have always given Jason Garrett credit is for his teams fighting. Even during that disastrous 2015 season, you saw that undermanned team fight every week. They never quit, and they were rarely blown out. They certainly were not blown out in the ways the 2017 Cowboys have been, three weeks in a row.

So, I think we will learn a lot about the 2018 Cowboys Thursday night. Another flat performance could mean the end for the Garrett, Linehan, Marinelli trio as we know it.

Regardless I believe the Cowboys are in need of some change, and I think that change is coming at the coordinator level. Or, maybe that's just my own optimistic view of how Jerry and Stephen Jones will handle the coaching situation creeping in.


Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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11 Comments
  • Wayne Young

    Need a new defensive coordinator. The bend but don’t break philosophy has played itself out. One player, Sean Lee, should not handicap the entire defensive unit when he’s not playing. Changes and adjustments should be made to compensate and too many times during games this year that has not happened. It seems like the defense holds firm in the first half and then the second half they completely fall apart after the opposing team makes adjustments. Yes, the offense struggling doesn’t help, but tell that to the Jaguars, whose offense has been struggling all year and yet they win games with their defense. Besides Barry Church, I can’t name anyone else on their defense so don’t say it’s because they have better defensive players.

    • https://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com Kevin Brady

      Wayne, I have actually been a fan of Rod Marinelli, but at this point you can’t argue with the results. It appears that change is needed, even if it will be hard to make those changes. Thanks for reading!

    • Randy Martin

      I have never seen the genius in Rod Marinelli that has been spoken about. I think the scheme he employs simply is not effective in today’s game. I am equally unimpressed with Scott Linehan. He is no genius. When you have the weapons he has or has had you should be lighting up the scoreboard. Yeah it’s tough being without Elliot and the injuries on the O-Line but when you are setting all time lows with the offense it is a direct reflection on the coaching. I am not sure I’ve seen a double axing of coordinators before so I think Garret goes with them. I am not sure who the right man for the job will be but change is needed. Rumors of Romo as HC are swirling and that could be interesting though not sure if there is any substance to that. Change is needed in Dallas and now is the time.

      • Russ_Te

        We were just freed from Romo… ;^)

  • Mike funk

    A new staff? Garrett was friggin coach of the year last season. And now after losing thier best offensive player, injuries in key positions and three rookie starters in the defensive backfield you want to clean house and hire a new coach and start from scratch!?!?

    Look at the most successful teams: pats, Steelers, packers etc. what do they have in common? They don’t change coaches every 4 years.

    A bad season for the reasons I listed above and Your want to implement a change the entire offense by brining in a new coach an a new system, with a 3rd year qb??

    Hiring a new staff and head coach is not only redicilous, it will set this team back 3 years. Stand pat. Get healthy. Draft a lb’s, de’s and re-sign Lawrence and Hitchens.

  • billy jack

    time to get rid of ginger

  • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

    The ENTIRE coaching staff should go. He had 7 years and he has proven time and time again he is not a HC…he’s not the next coming of Landry that Jones thinks he is….. he’s just not. He the middle of the road will be HC for one or two teams and that’s it…….. he’s not a HC.

  • DevilDog58

    I think the most important thing in this and ALL remaining games is to keep Dak healthy. He has been taking a beating and our OL has never been the same since they let Leary go (and, believe it or not, Doug Free retired). If he gets seriously injured, then we’ve not only lost this season but next season as well. They better find a good Offensive Lineman in FA or the draft. Same thing with LB and we need a good to great DB. Safety, Corner, whatever.
    Scandrick should be a dime back at this stage and age as his body is breaking down. Byron Jones may make a better Corner than Safety and this year’s draft is supposed to be deep at Safety and RB, another position we drastically need a quality backup at. I just don’t understand why New England contends EVERY year and we are always a roller-coaster team. I think the answer lies in Jerry Jones’ ego and lack of ability to judge talent on the coaching level, along with his failure to admit it. Marinelli should be a DL coach, not coordinator. Our DL plays well for the most part but our Secondary is poorly coached and not extremely talented. Our Linebacking Corps minus Lee is average to below average, although I suspect coaching has a hand in that, too. If we had a monster in the center of our DL I believe we would have an outstanding DL. Dallas’ approach to a great Offense is fine as long as you have an above average Defense at the very least. A very good D and a great O will win SB’s, but our administrative department ALWAYS has us between a rock and a hard place with the Salary Cap while teams like Philly are talerted AND deep. Maybe they should try the Money Ball approach or hire a guy like UW’s head coach, Petersen. He has excelled at every level, although I know it’s a big jump from college to the pro level. But he has resurrected first Boise State, then the University of Washington (I know because that’s my team). While I’d hate to lose him there, he has actually PROVED he can judge talent and get his players to buy into his vision. But Jones will stick with Garrett, whom I like but I think is better suited to Offensive Coordinator. Jones has proved his talent judging ability by firing Mike Zimmer because our Defense wasn’t great. Well, that turned out to be because our players sucked and Zim was doing a great job with what he had. Makes me wonder how much input ANY of the coaches have when it comes to acquiring talent. Jones should grow a pair like he had when he hired Jimmy and let Peterson evaluate potential players, two of his former players, one being Demarcus Lawrence play on our D Line.

  • Hoosiers86

    Red and his staff all need to be fired unless they make the playoffs.(They won’t)

    • RICK MILLER

      I am with the gut who said just keep Prescote safe from injury (but they won’t) Sick of hearing how great our line is,they are not period. I would be looking for a solid O lineman in the draft to get some young legs going.Why, have we not seen switzer and beasly in slots together.New England uses this plan,and has for years.Its a shame to sit here hoping the Cowboys loose, because we need higher draft picks , but I am.Enough of the attack on Dak Prescote lately, he has been running for his life.The only picks have come when he was trying to make a play,to receivers who are not getting open.He does not deserve the press he has been getting.

      • Hoosiers86

        I agree with you.

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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys "All or Nothing" Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.

Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.

The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.

Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.

Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.

This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.

An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'

The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.

Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.

David Helman on Twitter

I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett" 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 en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Andrew Dieb / USA TODAY Sports

El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.

Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser. 

Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?

Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.

Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.

Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.

En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.

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En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.

Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."

Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.

En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.

Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).

Cowboys Draft: Should Cowboys Consider WR James Washington?

Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Rob Ferguson / USA TODAY Sports)

Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.

Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.

Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.

Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?

Brian Martin

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How Much Input Will Kris Richard Have in Cowboys Draft?

Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.

The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.

It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?

Rod Marinelli

Dallas Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli

We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.

Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.

Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard

I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.

I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.

For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.

Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?


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