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January 18, 2018

Cowboys Have Work To Do

by Larry Leek

Dak And Dez

The Dallas Cowboys have some work to do if they want to remain as a Super Bowl contender. For one thing, since the 2017 season ended after the Cowboys finished 9-7 the boys have lost seven of their assistant coach’s, not to mention the obvious holes that the Cowboys need to address in the player personnel department, NOT that there are that many right?

As far as the 7-assistant coaches the Cowboys have lost, they are:

  1. Special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia                                                                                                                                                              
  2. Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus                                                                                                                                                                         
  3. Wide Receivers coach Derek Dooley                                                                                                                                                                   
  4. Offensive Line coach Frank Pollack                                                                                                                                                                     
  5. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson                                                                                                                                                                       
  6. Secondary coach Joe Baker                                                                                                                                                                                   
  7. Tight Ends coach Steve Loney 

Thats quite a list of coach’s that have moved to other teams or as in Loney the TE’s coach’s case, who retired. Perhaps the biggest losses of all were LB’s coach Matt Eberflus, whom MLB Sean Lee really liked A LOT and OL coach Frank Pollack who was responsible for coaching up the vaunted Cowboys OL. Pollack left for Cincinnati which was confusing indeed but perhaps even more confusing was the Cowboys hire to replace Pollack, Bengals OL coach Paul Alexander, who spent the last 23 years with the Bengals.

 

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Former Cowboys OL Coach Frank Pollack. InsideTheStar.com

One bright spot is that it looks like Running backs coach Gary Brown will return in the same position.

As far as the Cowboys go when you look at their downfall from the previous year when they went 13-3, first you have to consider the distraction the whole Ezekiel Elliott debacle brought with Elliott wondering from week to week if he would play as well as the rest of the offense trying to figure out how to prepare for the next game. It’s in this Sports Mind’s opinion that Elliott and the Cowboys would have been better served if he had just sat out the first six games and been done with it. Once Elliott did finally sit his 6-games the Cowboys were in the midst of trying to remain in the playoff race with a tough schedule and we see how that turned out.

Next you have to look at the sophomore slump of QB, Dak Prescott From what this Sports Mind saw 90% of the bad was NOT Dak’s fault. Most of the time the receiving corp. was NOT getting open, so Prescott was having to force many of his throws which helped the increase in Int’s. (13 compared to 4 in 2016). It caused Dak to have to hold onto the ball MUCH longer than in 2016 and you couple that with the fact that the receivers dropped nearly 50% of the passes thrown to them most of which were right on the money and many of which led to int’s and I think you get the picture. Dak has a BRIGHT future with the Cowboys for sure especially Zeke will calm down and realize whats MOST important in life because the two definitely NEED each other and IF the Cowboys get him some better quality targets.

It’s obvious that the Cowboys have to address their receiver situation perhaps in free agency and most definitely through the draft this spring. Dez’s best years appear to be behind him, it looks like the Cowboys need to find a new #1 guy and perhaps demote Dez to #2, trade or release him. Another key issue the Cowboys need to address is the future at the tight end position since Pro Bowl TE Jason Witten is nearing the end of his career. It’s in this Sports Mind’s opinion that they try to nab someone like South Carolina TE, Hayden Hurst and let Witten groom him a year or two. This kid is a FOOTBALL player for sure.

 

South Carolina's Hayden Hurst

South Carolina’s TE, Hayden Hurst. SaturdayDownSouth.com

It won’t take much to get the Cowboys back on track, they have the nucleus of a good looking young defense in place now that appeared like it was beginning to gel towards the end of the 2017 season, they just have to get the offense back on track.

The Cowboys new assistant coach’s will also play a big role in the Cowboys future as well, lets just hope the brass make the right choices because it could weigh HUGE.

SO! Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?

 

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