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in General Section Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:57 am
by chenyan94 • 32 Posts

At 3-5 https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Joe-Looney-Jersey , the Cowboys are a bad football team and we can emphatically say that without the need for any further evidence. The Cowboys latest loss to the then 3-4 Titans just so happens to be their worst loss of the season. Not because it was a 3-4 Titans team, the Cowboys werenít necessarily in a position to expect to beat anyone. Itís the worst loss because the Titans just dominated them for the better part of three quarters. It was the most points (28) an opponent has scored on this Cowboys defense. It was also the ninth consecutive loss dating back to last season that resulted in a Cowboys offense scoring less than 20 points. Stick whatever piece of silverware you prefer into this team because they are way past done.Itís time to look past whatís mathematically possible and accept that these Cowboys are destined to disappoint. They just showed that even with two weeks to prepare, they could somehow play worse than before and thatís disturbing. There are no more excuses to uncover, no more tweaks here or there that are going to make the difference right now. No matter where anyone wants to point the finger, it ultimately falls at the feet of this coaching staff. We really canít put the onus on any one area without including Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan.Dak Prescott hasnít even remotely resembled a franchise quarterback but whoís job was it to develop him? It was Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan who took the franchise forward with Prescott in the first place. They decided that he had the skills to be their guy going forward and 2016 validated that. However, they have yet to even decide what he can and canít do which is absolutely inexcusable. What they want is a pure pocket-passing quarterback but thatís not what they have. They have an athletically-gifted mobile quarterback that can succeed in a tailored-offense around his abilities.Linehan has yet to accept Dakís limitations or accentuate his strengths and when he does, itís short-lived. There are almost no designed quarterback runs and play-action isnít used enough though itís critical for Prescottís success. If anyone is curious as to why this offense canít function unless everything is perfect, look no further than those who have created the environment. There are so many folks out there using Prescottís struggles as a way to defend this coaching staff but what trust have these coaches earned lately? Right now, you see a staff that has almost no grasp of the roster. Prescott is certainly responsible for his own miscues in these losses but the fact that heís required to play perfectly to win is the definition of coaching incompetence in the NFL. If Norv Turner can find success working with Cam Newton, who is also not a natural pocket-passer that makes mistakes, whatís that say about the Cowboys coaches?This past offseason was the front office doubling down on their trust in Garrett and Linehan. Garrett and Linehan were behind an offseason overhaul of position coaches that included hiring a quarterbackís coach with less NFL game experience than the starter. Garrett and Linehan also brought in an offensive line coach whoís philosophical changes got him fired mid-season. Now, the once-perceived strength on offense is a complete mystery from week to week which canít happen with the resources they spent in that area. The lack of execution by these players is directly related to a scheme that hasnít evolved around the quarterback. We have seen enough already that would suggest this current coaching staff is not going to evolve the scheme around Dak Prescott. If thatís the case then thereís no way for the two entities to coexist. Jerry Jones has already guaranteed that Dak Prescott will be around for the foreseeable future and will get an extension. What that really means is that Prescott will be evaluated right up until at least 2020. After that, there are options like the franchise tag that could prolong making a long-term financial decision.Both Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan were given just about everything they could ask from ownership. Even when they admitted they made a mistake at receiver, they were rewarded with the addition of Amari Cooper at the price was next yearís first-round pick. When you consider how young this team is and the pieces they have, now is not the time to blow up the roster. So far, we have seen much more creativity in their ability to lose games rather than win games. Every single decision that has been made over the past three seasons was at the behest of the current regime and they have failed. If Garrett and Linehan canít win with these players Mike White Jersey , itís time they find someone who can.Cowboys Point/Couterpoint: Was using Byron Jones as a safety a huge mistake, or a necessity at the time? While the Dallas Cowboys have had some struggles at times, one player that has been nothing but excellent all season is cornerback Byron Jones.What is somewhat amazing is that he was a safety his first three years in the league. Now, under new passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard, he has been moved to his best position. Given the way he is playing as a corner, you have to ask the question: What in the world were the Cowboys thinking when they made him a safety? Our own Tom Ryle and Michael Strawn have some thoughts on that.Tom: For me, this looks a lot like one of those ďdesperate times call for desperate measuresĒ things. Remember, when he came into the league, the starting corners for the Cowboys were Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, with Orlando Scandrick as the nickel corner. This was before the team realized they needed better solutions there. Jones saw some work as both a corner and safety that season, but the need was just greater at safety. He would continue in that role the next two years as the team added Anthony Brown, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis which allowed them to move on from Carr, Claiborne, and Scandrick. Now Richard has put him where he is best, for which we should all be grateful. But I think it is not really correct to say the team made a huge mistake using him primarily as a safety to start his career in Dallas. They were trying to put together the best secondary they could. They just saw a bigger need for Jones at safety.Michael: I do remember when Jones was drafted there was hope the Cowboys had finally drafted a quality safety. And yes Damien Wilson Color Rush Jersey , there was more need at that position than cornerback at the time.But hereís what I find shocking. Kris Richard declared Jones a cornerback without needing a single practice or OTA. He knew Jones was a better CB than safety before he arrived.Which means he understood Jonesí strengths and weaknesses better than the Cowboysí brass. Remember, by the end of 2017 Jones had been demoted from the starting team in favor of Kavon Frazier, while the team was struggling to cover outside receivers.In short, the Cowboys has an elite cover corner playing backup safety.Tom: Well, that was one of the reasons they hired Richard, to come in and make the best use of the personnel they have. Given the heavy investment in defensive backs in 2017, it was fairly clear they wouldnít feel a lot of pressure to add a lot of new talent there, which made all the Earl Thomas furor a bit puzzling (at least to me). Maybe some of the blame should go on Jerome Henderson for not properly utilizing his players. But that is all in hindsight. A look at the rosters Jonesí first three years with the Cowboys shows more talent at corner - at least if all you have to go on are the previous seasons. That is the problem with holding the team to this kind of standard. We have knowledge and data that they did not at the time. They had that hole to fill, and they found a way to. Donít forget that he played both positions in college, too. Now they have made a better decision, and it still took a bit of a leap, because safety was once again seen as a weakness coming into this season. Had things not worked out so well with Jones this year, or if the safeties had really fallen apart, we wouldnít even be having this discussion.Michael: One has to wonder what Richard saw that the Cowboysí coaches didnít? Itís particularly bothersome in two ways. One, the most valuable asset in the NFL is a high quality player playing on his rookie contract. The Cowboys almost certainly should have gotten more from Jones than they did during his first three years in the league. Second, the staff seems to struggle mightily evaluating their own talent and where they should play. Recall the attempt to make Chaz Green a guard last season. Recall the team anointing Laíel Collins the starting LG in 2016 and everyone finding out Ronald Leary was a better player only after Collins was injured. Tyrone Crawford has been moved so many times to this day no one knows if heís an end or a tackle. Thereís already talk about Taco Charlton moving to tackle.The emphasis the team puts on position flex seems to harm them more often than benefit. Perhaps Richard being here and other coaches not is an indication they recognized their weakness. But from Jerry and Stephen to Will McClay to Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Terrell-Owens-Jersey , they simply blew it with Jones.Tom: Position flex is something the team seems to get a little too wrapped up in. But at the same time, it can be a necessity. One of the players you mentioned, Tyrone Crawford, has been very valuable because of that. He is probably never going to be a star as either an end or a tackle - but he is a very solid player at both, and probably is underappreciated by many.Still, there are the outright failures like the (shudder) Chaz Green fiasco. Clearly, though, Jones does not fall into that category. He may have been just as stellar as a corner from the start. But we really donít know. If they had it to do over again, he probably would have gotten the chance. It has taken Richardís arrival to get it all straight. Again, that is part of why he is here and Henderson no longer is. Yes, they could have done better. But that group of names on the staff you mentioned have gotten a lot right in the recent past. I just donít see using Jones at safety as being the major failure so many do.Michael: Iím not saying the staff is a failure; theyíve done lots more right than wrong in my opinion. But theyíre not perfect. If I were a member of the brain-trust, Iíd be sitting everyone down and saying ďwhat did we miss here? Why didnít we see what others saw? And are we making the same mistake with others?Ē In fact, Iíd be real curious if during the interview process Richard didnít come right out and tell them they had an undiscovered gem on the roster. Itís certainly true they made the right decision this year. Because the reality this could have been even worse. Imagine the team kept Jones at safety. Imagine him still playing there with Jourdan Lewis and Awuzie and Brown as the starting corners. Imagine Jones had another mediocre year at safety and the Cowboys let him enter free agency. Where he then signed some unnoticed, mid-level deal with another team and then thrived as a cornerback. Now that would have been disastrous.

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