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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal is a Good Hire for Cowboys

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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal Is A Good Hire For Cowboys
WR Coach Sanjay Lal

Yesterday, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys will hire Sanjay Lal to be their new wide receivers coach. Lal spent 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts in the same position, but has made multiple stops around the NFL prior to joining the Cowboys staff.

Most recently and arguably most notably, Sanjay Lal was the receivers coach for both the New York Jets (2012-2014) and the Buffalo Bills (2015-2016). This means he coached on 's staff for two different teams, with two very similar offensive philosophies.

Run the football.

As seen in the below, Sanjay Lal has experience working as the wide outs coach for an with a run-first philosophy. He even says himself that their offense in New York was “ground and pound,” but notes that “without a pass game there's no pound.”

Cowboys fans became all too familiar with the truth behind that statement during the , as even solid efforts in the run game were rendered meaningless by their lack of explosion through the air.

A lot has been made of Sanjay Lal's lack of 1,000-yard receivers during his time as a coach. The offensive philosophies of the teams which he coached for, however, show why this criticism is flimsy.

It's quite possible the Cowboys will once again be without a 1,000 yard pass catcher this season, but if and the run game are clicking, and is spreading the ball to different targets, this stat won't mean a thing.

Lal was also the coach in Buffalo when had the best years of his career, including a 1,000-yard season.

During that stint he coached Robert Woods to productive seasons as well. Now Woods is a dangerous target for the after being coached by Lal for multiple seasons.

These were also the same years that Tyrod Taylor was at his best.

While in New York, with the Jets, Lal's most productive receiver was Jeremy Kerley, who finished with 827 yards in 2012 and 523 in 2013. What's important to note here is that Kerley played as a for much of his time as a Jet.

The Cowboys lacked any type of production from the slot in 2017, but maybe Lal can change that by getting the best out of and , as he did with Kerley.

All indications from those “in the know” suggest Sanjay Lal is on his way to becoming an soon. Many believe he has the smarts and the football IQ to command an offense himself, as soon as he gets the right opportunity.

Maybe that opportunity will come down the line in Dallas, where he can continue to coach within that “ground and pound” style, which he has done for many years while also implementing elements of his own expertise.

Everyone has been critical of the Cowboys' inability to bring in external hires, and to spark up new/creative offensive ideas. Lal has spent time among some of the smartest offensive minds in football.

Maybe he's the man to bring in that outside creativity this offense seems to lack.

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Ervinlang318

We are his 5th Team (Oak,Buf,NYJ,IND,DAL) since 2009. There is something mighty disturbing about that

Travis Diggs

I was thinking the same thing

Travis Diggs

All these new position coaches Got me a little skeptical to what next season will actually be like with the same exact head coach and oc Im not impressed