Dallas Cowboys What Now? Published 9 years ago on October 23, 2008 By Phillip Baggett Share Tweet Sorry for the lack of posting! Remember what I said a few posts ago about some Cowboy fans get quiet after losses? Well I think I have proved my point. The loss to the Rams on Sunday was exceptionally difficult for me, and for most Cowboy fans. I have spent the last several days dissecting my thoughts, of which their have been plenty. My first response was nothing but sheer anger, but the more I have contemplated my thoughts and feelings on this situation I have come to an understanding. First of all, there is no excuse that can be made for the despicable act of quitting! And this team flat-out quit, on themselves, there coaches, and us the fans! For this there is no excuse. Wade Phillips I thought was a great hire for this organization after the exit of the “Big Tuna”, this team needed a softer voice (players coach) but this has all worn off now. Anyone who has been or is in a managerial position knows that SOMETIMES people need to be pushed. Now I also know that you have to pick your spots on when you push, and how hard! It is obvious to me that this team has no respect for Wade Phillips, these players simply know that it does not matter how poorly they play there will be no ass chewing from their leader! Wade himself says so much when he says “The mistakes are mine; I have told the team don’t worry with the mistakes those are on me”. What does this philosophy preach? It preaches SLOPPINESS! This is the same philosophy that tells Roy Willy it’s ok to be out of position on EVERY PLAY! It is the same one that tells the LARGEST offensive line in football to play like a high school team. There is no doubt that Wade Phillips will not be here next year and he has no control of that. What he can control is what happens the rest of THIS year. What we all need to keep in perspective is the injury bug that has plagued this team. If I told you at the beginning of the year that the Cowboys would have to play the first four games without Romo, Newman, Spencer, Kosier, McBriar, Felix Jones, and so on and so on. What do you think the Cowboys record would be? I don’t know about you but I believe they would be 0-4! As much as I would like to blast them for not playing well I am having a hard time doing it for this reason. The question now becomes, does this team have the heart to battle through these tough times? Or will they simply lie down and quit? Well two weeks ago there would have been no hesitation on my part in answering this, and that answer would have been yes they have the heart! After last weeks showing though, I would be a complete homer if I said that this team will fight to the end! I hope this team reads the paper, and watches television because if they do then their pride has most certainly been hurt! Maybe since there heart has been questioned, they will all look deep inside themselves and decide to come out swinging! In the words of Martin Luther King “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” It is time for them all to stand up and look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are giving everything they have to each other and to this team? ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:St. Louis Rams Up Next More Cowboys Facts Don't Miss WTF? Phillip Baggett Advertisement You may like 49 Super Bowl Rings: 1999 St. Louis Rams Cowboys beat Rams 34 – 31 in historic comeback Week 3 Watch-List: Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Rams What to expect from the St. Louis Rams in week 3 Cowboys add Michael Sam pending physical Click to comment Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts Published 3 hours ago on January 16, 2018 By Jess Haynie Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense. He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016. Tom Pelissero on Twitter With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now. If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position. Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee. He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football. Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season. Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot. Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here. Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to. It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator. Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander Published 1 day ago on January 15, 2018 By Kevin Brady Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander. Alex Marvez on Twitter Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003. The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders. Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation. Joey Ickes on Twitter Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired. The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season. Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys. Goodberry on Twitter Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units. We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Dallas Cowboys Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job Published 2 days ago on January 14, 2018 By Sean Martin By keeping all three top coaches (Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Rod Marinelli) in place for 2018, there isn’t a Dallas Cowboys coaching hire that feels like they “must” get it right to contend next season. This is how it should be. Producing nine wins, despite missing key players throughout the season, the Cowboys are changing things up at the position coach level to hopefully introduce new ideas and give the talent on this team a better chance at sustained success. One coaching vacancy that needs to be filled by the right guy above any else is on the offensive line, where things haven’t been the same since the great Bill Callahan departed. Frank Pollack took his place, and now finds himself with the Cincinnati Bengals after not being retained by Dallas this offseason. Tom Cable (Stephen Brashear / Getty Images) The first name that was thrown around in consideration for the Cowboys job was Tom Cable, which sent a panic throughout Cowboys Nation before Cable decided to sign with John Gruden and the Raiders. Cable had been coaching the Seahawks’ OL, a position that franchise has not valued in some time, and struggled to develop any talent in protection of their franchise QB Russell Wilson. Now, two new names have emerged as candidates to coach the likes of two-time 1st Team All-Pro LT Tyron Smith, 1st Team All-Pro C Travis Frederick, and two-time 1st Team All-Pro RG Zack Martin. Mike Solari and Paul Alexander Paul Alexander has already met with the Dallas Cowboys, looking for work after 23 seasons with the Bengals. During this time, Alexander served as Marvin Lewis’ assistant head coach, in addition to his duties as their OL coach. Judging on reactions out of Cincinnati to Alexander’s departure, the Bengals offensive line regressed under him in 2017, warranting change from a franchise that is as reluctant as any to move on from coaches. Goodberry on Twitter Paul Alexander better be gone Most recently, Mike Solari has served as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants — far from a renowned unit around the NFL lately. He does have previous experience with the Cowboys, having served as an assistant OL and special teams coach here from 1987-88. From 2006-07, Solari did reach the rank of offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, which shows the level of respect that the 30-year NFL coaching veteran has earned. He will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next interview for their open OL coach position. Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins, RG Zack Martin Depth at tackle, a long-term answer at left guard, and an extension for Zack Martin are among the questions facing the Cowboys offensive line moving forward. Whoever is in charge of keeping this unit up to standard in 2018 though, may hold the keys to getting the entirety of the Cowboys’ program back on track. Whether it’s Alexander, Solari, or another outside candidate yet to emerge, Inside The Star will keep you updated on the Cowboys’ ongoing coaching search. Tell us what you think about “Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). Advertisement Advertisement Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. 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