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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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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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