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Tony Romo’s Offense Ranked NFL’s 2nd Best By “Sports On Earth”

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Blog - Tony Romo To Dez Bryant Touchdown? How Long Has It Been?

After all of these months we are finally almost out of the NFL dead zone. Training camp is right around the corner and soon the regular season will be kicking off, meaning we can stop paying attention to rankings and projections and focus on results.

Those days aren't here yet, however, and this week another NFL writer ranked the Cowboys offense very favorably.

Cian Fahey recently ranked the best "supporting casts" for each quarterback in the NFL on In this case, supporting cast refers to the remainder of the offensive unit: the offensive line, wide receivers, and running backs, as well as the offensive coaches.

Fahey slotted the Cowboys' supporting cast 2nd in the entire NFL, behind only the Oakland Raiders. Only one other NFC East team, the Washington Redskins, was included in the top 10 while the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants ranked 29th and 25th respectively.

It is hard to argue with Fahey's logic for why the Cowboys offensive supporting cast is so great, as he cites that outside of receiver depth, this offense has almost no flaws on paper.

Putting Ezekiel Elliott behind an offensive line that essentially features four first-round picks is unfair. Elliott will be able to replicate and even improve on what Murray achieved two years ago behind a slightly less-talented line. With Dez Bryant as a mismatch problem outside, a healthy Tony Romo should have one of the easiest roles of any top quarterback next season. What Romo will need to do is elevate the other receivers in his offense. Jason Witten has declined dramatically over the final stage of his career, while Terrance Williams has never lived up to expectations. Cole Beasley and Brice Butler could thrive with Romo, if the quarterback is given the kind of pass protection we expect. This team is extremely talented, even if most of the defense will be suspended by the time the season starts.

For years we have said that Tony Romo needed more help to bring that elusive sixth championship to Dallas, but it now seems that, at least offensively, the help is finally fully in place. Jerry and Stephen Jones have equipped the Cowboys with the NFL's top and most complete offensive line, an all-time great tight end, one of the most dangerous receivers in the league, and now an expected rookie sensation running back.

Maybe, just maybe, for the first time in his career the Dallas Cowboys organization has truly set Romo up to succeed from game one, without having to carry the entire load of the offense on his shoulders.

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May 25, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and running back Alfred Morris (46) during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

As Fahey also points out, however, this defense could very well be the weight which weighs too heavy for the offense to carry. Suspensions to DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory deplete an already questionable defensive line, and the suspension of Rolando McClain brings with it even more uncertainty to the unit as a whole.

While the front office has spent a good amount of resources on the offensive side of the ball since the 2010 Draft, the defense has consistently lagged behind. But this lag is certainly not due to a lack of effort by that same front office.

Since that same 2010 draft the Cowboys have used 8 of their first two draft choices in a given year on defensive players. This list includes guys like Tyrone Crawford, Byron Jones, and Sean Lee. The problem is this list also includes Bruce Carter, the now suspended DeMarcus Lawrence, and Jaylon Smith, who we have no idea what the future holds for health wise.

But for once I'd like to not end any positive discussion about this team with a reminder about how many questions there are about the defensive unit.

As Cian Fahey pointed out in his rankings, the Dallas Cowboys offense has a chance to be really good, and we should be excited about it. Dez Bryant and Tony Romo are back healthy and motivated, which is a bad combination for any defense trying to stop them. Then you throw in Ezekiel Elliott behind four first round quality offensive linemen, and you can guarantee this team is going to cause problems each and every week in defensive meeting rooms.

Ranking every QB supporting cast in the NFL.

In the modern NFL, the quarterback is often heralded as the make-or-break piece of a championship puzzle, but a signal caller can't be successful without a good supporting cast. Let's take a look at which team has the best weapons and protection for its QB.

To read the full list and article written by Fahey, click the link above.

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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Sean’s Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Cowboys D

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Dallas Cowboys Defense 1

It took some time, but the Dallas Cowboys have their first outside free agent of the offseason, signing Linebacker Joe Thomas to provide depth at a position where Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber have already signed elsewhere.

The fifth-year pro has played exclusively with the Green Bay Packers, but the Cowboys do have some familiarity with Thomas as he spent part of 2015 on their practice squad.

Joe Thomas has served as a core special teams contributor and sub-package LB for the Packers out of South Carolina State, and will now look to bring these services to a Cowboys team in need of play making ability on both defense and special teams.

Using film from this past season, here is Joe Thomas' full scouting report.

LB Joe Thomas: Strengths

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Joe Thomas lined up at all three LB positions for the Packers, taking the majority of his snaps on defense at MIKE or WILL. The WILL position is where Thomas should fit best in Dallas.

Not overly physical with a shorter but square frame, Thomas is a rangy player with light feet and fluid movement ability. Shifting laterally along the line of scrimmage to "pick through trash" is not a problem for Thomas, nor is flipping his hips and running to the football.

It may take Thomas more effort than it should to get in position on most plays, with false steps and late reads being an issue, but once he establishes his sight on the point of attack this is a downhill missile of a player.

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Joe Thomas uses his length well to disengage from blocks and finish off plays, doing a nice job of not allowing blockers into his chest consistently.

With Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith expected to be the Cowboys' primary starters at WILL and MIKE respectively, Thomas could supplement these two physical, well-rounded players extremely well given his athleticism.

LB Joe Thomas: Weaknesses

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There is a reason a player with the raw traits of Joe Thomas goes un-drafted, and in this case it is because of awareness and anticipation issues in Thomas' game.

Far too often on tape, Thomas is forcing himself to recover from false steps against the blockers in front of him. I would have loved to see a player with this movement ability get more clean opportunities to finish at the football, but it was simply not there for Thomas.

When Thomas wasn't late to the ball against the run, he was getting caught flat-footed in space trying to compensate for this reactionary ability. This led to Thomas' fair share of missed tackles, where the LB failed to break down correctly.

Overall, Thomas did a decent job of avoiding blocks and disengaging, and does play with better-than-expected stopping power. The strength and technique to shed blocks was rarely seen though, relying on his quickness to outrun opponents to the spot.

LB Joe Thomas: Summary

Sean's Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Dallas Cowboys Defense

This is a player that should help the Dallas Cowboys in two phases of their game this season.

Signed for both 2018 and 2019, the Cowboys have clearly seen enough from their former practice squad linebacker in Green Bay to bring back an athletic ST ace with upside on defense.

Joe Thomas shouldn't be taking Lee or Smith off the field regularly this season, but at his best he will factor into Rod Marinelli's defense on passing downs.

Thomas gives a unit predicated on flowing to the ball even more speed on the field, and is an ideal depth signing with the versatility to cover punts and kickoffs.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Cowboys D" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Could a Special Coach Help Dez Bryant’s Route-Running?

Brian Martin



Could Special Coach Help Dez Bryant's Route Running?

Dez Bryant's career with the Dallas Cowboys may be in limbo, but that's not stopping him from trying to improve his game and on-field performance.

Bryant will reportedly train with personal wide receivers coach David Robinson, who specializes in route-running, according to reporter Jane Slater of NFL Network. This should come as good news to a lot of Cowboys fans, because Dez Bryant has often been criticized throughout his professional career for his route-running.

If anything, this news should indicate that Dez Bryant is more determined than ever to rebound from his disappointing 2017 season and prove his critics wrong that he is no longer one of the top receivers in the league. I for one am not going to bet against him.

Bryant's work ethic and passion for the game have never been questioned. His desire to be the best is evident anytime you turn on his film, whether it is in a game situation or on the practice field. He takes the "practice like you play" mantra to heart.

Everybody should be encouraged that at this point in his career, Dez Bryant is still looking at ways to improve his game and seek help. Hopefully, working with a well-known receivers coach like David Robinson can take Bryant's game to the next level.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

You may not know who David Robinson is (I certainly didn't), but he is well respected around the league and has helped other receivers under his tutelage. Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Reed, and even Cowboys former WR Brice Butler have all benefited from Robinson's coaching.

Dez Bryant has always been regarded as one of those types of receivers who is always open regardless how tight the coverage is around him. His ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air is arguably his best trait, but he could become more dangerous if he can create separation on his own with better route-running.

Unfortunately, Bryant is entering the stage in his career where age becomes a factor and some regression is to be expected. This is why improved route-running could improve any deficiencies Bryant maybe dealing with.

But, what exactly will David Robinson be working on with Dez Bryant?

Robinson told Jane Slater that in his workouts with Dez Bryant, he will concentrate on the expansion of Bryant's route tree, shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage, and improving footwork technique to compensate for any natural loss of speed due to age.

I don't know about you, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how Bryant responds to Robinson's coaching, hopefully still as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

We all know that Bryant's status with the Cowboys is unknown, at least to those of us on the outside looking in, but I don't see him going anywhere in 2018. There just aren't any vet WRs or rookies who I can see replacing his production. Of course, I could be wrong.

One thing is for sure though, Dez Bryant isn't going to sit on his hands while he waits to find out what his future holds.

Do you think improved route-running will help Dez Bryant's game?

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Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Since becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Rod Marinelli hasn't had too many of his former players follow him to Dallas. In fact, I can only think of one… Henry Melton, and we all know how that turned out.

I don't know about you, but I found that a little strange. It's pretty common for coaches to try to bring some of their players with them when they accept a new job. Familiarity goes a long way in the NFL and former players can also help make the transition easier for everyone.

Strangely enough, Rod Marinelli hasn't really been afforded that luxury, whether it was his doing or not. But, there is a free agent who played under Marinelli's tutelage in Chicago who might make sense for the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Shea McClellin.

Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator in Chicago when the Bears decided to draft Shea McClellin 19th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Marinelli likely had a big say in that decision, and if he still feels the same, a reunion could be in order.

Shea McClellin started his career in the NFL as a 4-3 left side defensive end playing opposite Julius Peppers, but was also viewed as a potential Brian Urlacher replacement. He showed flashes of becoming a solid defensive end his first few years in the league, but was eventually moved to linebacker, where he seemed to find a home for himself.

Shea McClellin

New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin

After his contract expired with the Bears, the New England Patriots decided to bring him aboard to help with their linebacker depth. He only ended up starting four games for them in 2016, but made some memorable plays to help the Patriots become the Super Bowl champions.

Unfortunately, the 2017 season wasn't very kind to him. His entire year was wiped out due to a concussion, which probably had a lot to do with why they recently released him.

This of course could be good news for the Dallas Cowboys. They currently need some depth at the linebacker position and Shea McClellin could provide that, if he's healthy. The healthy bit here is key, because he has had problems with concussions in the past.

If McClellin is indeed healthy, he could bring a versatile skill set to the Cowboys defense. His best spot is probably at strong side LB (SAM), but I think he could play middle linebacker (MIKE) as well. He also could provide depth at defensive end, the position he played to start his NFL career.

With the LB depth a concern, Shea McClellin makes quite a bit of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, his past history with concussions is a red flag, but it also drives down his asking price. I think he would definitely fall into that "bargain shopping" mentality the Cowboys have been using these last few offseasons.

He probably wouldn't be viewed as a very important signing, but you still need these types of players on your team in order to succeed in the NFL. Let's see if the Dallas Cowboys agree.

Do you think a Rod Marinelli and Shea McClellin reunion is in order?

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