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Where Will Dallas Cowboys Search for “Fresh Ideas” Begin?

Following a 9-7 season, the effectiveness of the staff has once again come into question. Changes at , offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator have felt imminent on the heels of a 13-3 East-winning campaign just a year ago.

Through the highs and lows this coaching staff again endured, and after clearing the air of reports surrounding the likes of WR Coach 's future in Dallas, has all but reassured that , , and will still lead the Cowboys in 2018.

The Cowboys have also made it known that the they do make will occur below Garrett and his two play callers, in an overdue admission of stubbornness.

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Dallas Cowboys QB , HC Jason Garrett, and OC Scott Linehan

The first of these more minor changes became official yesterday, as Jason Garrett announced in his season-concluding press conference that TE Coach Steve Loney is retiring.

Loney filled the shoes of long-time TE Coach Mike Pope in 2017, his first at this position for the Cowboys. He served as the Assistant OL Coach and as Senior Offensive Assistant in 2016.

There is, of course, a larger theme here.

With the lasting image of the 2017 Dallas Cowboys being a hard-to-justify 6-0 win in Philadelphia, Rod Marinelli's has earned rightful praise for their performance this season. The same cannot be said about Scott Linehan's “predictable” .

It comes as no surprise that this is where the Cowboys' ongoing search for new perspectives begins.

What we do know so early into this process is that the Cowboys have at least backed Linehan's approach for QB Dak Prescott's third year.

Retaining Scott Linehan is a move to keep Prescott's successful support system around him.

After so many important voices to their rookie QB departed ahead of his 2017 slump, the Cowboys can justify keeping their play caller. Not only will Linehan remain in place at offensive coordinator, but WR coach Derek Dooley is considering jobs elsewhere in the NFL and NCAA.

This is a pretty strong indication of the confidence this organization has in Scott Linehan.

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As Linehan continues in the same role, with him again comes QB Kellen Moore — who may be in consideration to change roles and join the offensive coaching staff. Should this be the most team-efficient way to keep Moore in support of Prescott, it is a smart move by the Cowboys.

Current Cowboys QB Coach Wade Wilson is one of the Cowboys assistants on an expiring contract. He is reportedly considering his after starting his coaching career with the Cowboys in 2000.

He has served in his second stint as the team's quarterbacks coach since 2007.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott with QB Coach Wade Wilson

This leaves RB coach as the only other coach on offense with an expiring contract that would entice change. This is not to say that any positions on this Cowboys staff below the “big three” are irreplaceable.

Yes, it was ultimately the constant uncertainty surrounding RB Ezekiel Elliott's status prior to serving his six-game that will define this team's frustrating season. Short of Brown going rogue and calling plays for his RBs himself though, there is little reason to think that he won't return.

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Dallas Cowboys CB , CB , and S (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Another area where the Cowboys' future looks bright is in their young , where rookies Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie played major roles as starting . This is still a Rod Marinelli defense in need of starting caliber players, but finding cheap talent to shine in his scheme this year was a great start.

The Cowboys will have another great opportunity to further their defensive depth at the .

Joe Baker has coached in this Cowboys' secondary since 2012, switching to coach in 2014 before being named the secondary coach in 2016. When Baker was promoted, Michigan secondary coach Greg Jackson was brought in to coach the team's safeties.

The contributions that both Baker and Jackson have made on this defense will be weighed by the Cowboys to decide who will lead this secondary into 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Coach and

Also having a say in all of this is the widely respected Matt Eberflus, who has served as the Cowboys' LB Coach since 2011. Developing talent at LB ever since then for the Cowboys, Eberflus also became the team's defensive coordinator in 2016.

He is another coach that denied an extension with the team last season, as his stock continues to rise around teams that may consider him for a Defensive Coordinator position.

Again, the Cowboys appear to be locked into Rod Marinelli in this position, something that hasn't stopped them from retaining Eberflus thus far — a task that will remain a priority in Dallas.

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To summarize, the Cowboys' “fresh ideas” will come from a new TE coach along with potential replacements at WR, QB, RB, LB, CB, and S coaching positions. Whether or not this is enough to justify the level of consequence expected on a team that missed the following a season they reached it in for the second time in three years is entirely subjective.

There is plenty of time upcoming for every team in the NFL to evaluate their rosters and coaching staffs, as the Cowboys are already doing. Assessing the coaching talent that may be available is the most immediate way for the Cowboys to improve their outlook for 2018.

That is, if you're ready to buy into the Dallas Cowboys truly returning to where they want to go — lacking an Game appearance since 1996 — in year number nine of HC Jason Garrett.

Such is another offseason with America's Team — so far.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Guadalupe Chavarria Jr.

2018 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Updated 01/03/2018
Final Mock!

1)DT – Da’Ron Payne 6-2 320 Alabama

2)LB – Jerome Baker 6-1 232 Ohio State

3)OG – Isaiah Wynn 6-2 310 Georgia

3)WR- Tre’Quan Smith 6-1 210 UCF 4.45

4)CB – Adonis Alexander 6-3 196 Virginia Tech

5)SS – Damon Webb 5-11 195 Ohio State

6)DE – Cavon Walker 6-2 285 Maryland 4.78

7)LB – Joel Lanning 6-2 235 Iowa State

** CFA – TE Jordan Thomas 6-5 280 Mississippi State
*Sign Free Agent OT – Joe Staley 6-5 315 San Francisco 34 years

Sean Martin

I haven’t studied all of these guys yet, nor do I see this team breaking their mold to draft a DT at 19, but Payne would be a great pick. I personally wouldn’t wait until the third round to draft a WR either.

Thank you for your response though, I will sure have my own mock drafts in the coming weeks!

Carlos

Fire all coaches

boyscout

If you do not recognize the real problems than all you are doing is moving the cups around in hopes of finding the coin in one of them. At the base of the breakdown on offense is you need at least one stud tackle on the right side and someone studly to back up tyrone when he is hurting. A stud guard where cooper is might help as well. You lost two on your “best” offensive line and did not fully address that. Fix that first. Then find more lee type player linebackers. You also need a home run receiver with speed size and hands for deep balls to open the field back up. But dak has to be able to throw those balls too. There are some ideas that will make a not great but pretty good coaching staff look like mvp and geniuses again……….well maybe mvp anyway. Oh also jason garrett and marinelli and linehan need to learn to make on field adjustments during games on the fly not just at halftime or after the game

Sean Martin

Thank you for reading. You are correct about a lot of things here. Seeing the offensive line get back on track as they prepare to play a full season with Ezekiel Elliott in 2018 would be the most foolproof way to improve this team. Finding another Sean Lee is a big ask, he’s a special player, but Jaylon Smith can be just as good when fully healthy – something he is close to. As of right now, my top need on this team is WR. Specifically, the kind you mentioned – a route runner that fits Dak’s strengths.

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