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Contrary to some reports, Garrett will likely remain on staff another week.
This week was supposed to be the time of year the Cowboys were prepping for the playoffs.
Instead, questions are lingering regarding possible changes on the coaching staff.
But there has been no official news from the Cowboys regarding Jason Garrett’s status as head coach. Thursday evening, media reports suggested the Cowboys have made a decision to part ways with Garrett, whose contract is set to expire.
Again, the Cowboys have not announced any news regarding Garrett, who has been the head coach for the last nine full seasons.
Reportedly, Garrett met with Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones on three different occasions, including Thursday.
Garrett led the Cowboys to another 8-8 season this past year, his fourth .500 finish of his career. He went 8-8 his first three full seasons as head coach from 2011-13 before getting to the playoffs in 2014 with a 12-4 record.
After nine years, Garrett is 85-67 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs.
Cowboys coaching search: Sifting through growing list of candidates for Cowboys next HC (Part II) – Tom Ryle & Michael Sisemore, Blogging the Boys
Though Garrett will likely survive another weekend, it’s unlikely he returns in any fashion for the 2020 season. Here are some names to know.
Asst. Head Coach/Tight Ends, New Orleans Saints
Why it makes sense: Dan Campbell was a former Cowboys TE during the early developmental years with Jason Witten. The Cowboys organization has always been a big fan of his and considered adding him to their coaching staff a few years ago. Campbell has been groomed by Sean Payton and has a few qualities the Cowboys could use right now. Payton taught Campbell the importance of being aggressive on offense without being careless. The Cowboys need to play more aggressively on both sides of the ball. Campbell has developed a pretty explosive two-back attack in New Orleans, which is something the Cowboys would love to do with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. For fans of Kellen Moore and Jon Kitna, it’s quite possible they would stick around as both could fit well with Campbell.
Concerns: As highly regarded as Campbell may be, he’s never had the opportunity to be an offensive coordinator. In 2015, he was named the interim head coach of the Dolphins for a brief period. However, he’s mainly been a tight ends coach during his coaching career. Is he ready to make a huge leap onto the biggest stage of them all? If so, would Campbell be an effective enough leader fix these execution issues and coach Dallas to a deep playoff run?
Tom’s take: Campbell is intriguing. He’s not a flashy, big-name option, but those years marinating with Payton hopefully will have prepared him well. And that interim gig wasn’t really brief – it was for twelve games. You might ask why Miami didn’t give him the full time job. After the Adam Gase experience, they may be thinking the same thing.
I think he deserves a shot at head coach in the league. No one would complain if Payton himself were to be hired in Dallas, so being on his staff has to be a positive. Campbell also checks that familiarity box for Jerry Jones, but is not too close the way Jason Garrett arguably was. He also has Texas roots, which really doesn’t mean anything, but I find it cool. Plus, an Aggie, so I may be a bit less objective.
The one thing I wish I knew better was how well he would stand up for his ideas and himself. To succeed in Dallas, you can’t let Jerry or Stephen just railroad you all the time. A coach may not be able to prevail in all the disagreements with ownership, but rubber stamping doesn’t work, either. One thing Garrett was just remarkable at was handling the Joneses, especially Jerry. If Dan has a bit of that in him, I think he could do good things for the Cowboys.
4 coordinators in the NFL playoffs who the Cowboys should consider in their coaching search – John Owning, Dallas Morning News
Looking to go the coordinator route for new Cowboys coach? Here’s four successful coaches who are currently in the playoffs.
Because we discussed why Eric Bieniemy and Greg Roman deserve consideration from Dallas last week, we are going to combine them here in the name of brevity.
Both Bieniemy and Roman come from innovative offenses that have helped their squads to playoff byes and the top two seeds in the AFC. Roman presides over the Ravens’ offense, which finished first in Offense DVOA on the back of a deadly running attack and potent play-action passing attack. Bieniemy is Andy Reid’s No. 2 in Kansas City, where their innovative and explosive offense finished third in Offense DVOA despite starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes missing multiple games.
Bieniemy hails from the ever-fruitful Reid coaching tree that is built upon a mix of West Coast and spread ideologies, although Reid’s coaching tree is heralded for the ability to fold in concepts from a variety of different philosophies. Roman first became noteworthy as an offensive coordinator on Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers staff in the early 2010s.
Kansas City somehow manufactured effective offense with Matt Moore under center this year while Roman has had great success with quarterbacks such as Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor, both of whom lack Jackson’s MVP-caliber talent.
With new coaches coming in, old coaches may be on the go, but here’s a list of guys the Cowboys should attempt to hold on to.
3. Gary Brown, Running Backs
The Dallas Cowboys have had a 1,000-yard rusher every year since 2013 when Gary Brown came over from the Cleveland Browns to coach the team’s running backs. That’s with three different running backs; DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, and Ezekiel Elliott.
That’s after seeing breakout seasons from Peyton Hillis in 2010 and arguably the best season of the career of Trent Richardson in 2012, who we know fell off after his rookie season. Hillis never had another 1,000-yard season and Richardson was out of the league two seasons after Brown left for the Cowboys.
Brown has a great rapport with starting running back Ezekiel Elliott and with rookie Tony Pollard. Elliott did what he’s always done since entering the league, even after missing training camp with his contract situation. A lot of credit should be given to Brown for helping Elliott get up to speed and be ready to go with limited time for preparation prior to week one.
Zack Martin was the one and only Cowboys named to the AP All Pro team.
FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys guard Zack Martin has been named to the AP All-Pro first team, The Associated Press announced Friday.
This is Martin’s sixth career All-Pro appearance, the most by a Cowboys player since former defensive end DeMarcus Ware reached his seventh career selection in 2012. Ware and Hall of Famer Larry Allen (7) are the only Cowboys players with more career selections this century.
Martin started all 16 games despite a preseason back injury that sidelined him for most of training camp and limited his practice work at points this season. He has started 94 of a possible 96 games in six seasons so far.
Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Team-by-Team 2020 NFL Draft Insider Buzz – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
What are NFL Draft experts saying about the Cowboys 2020 Draft plans, along with the rest of the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys — The front office is currently wrapped up in figuring out who the head coach will be, but the word on the scouting streets is that Dallas is eyeing safeties and defensive tackles with pick No. 17. Said one scout who works in the area but not for the Cowboys, “Don’t be surprised if they’re a trade-back team since they really don’t have a ton of needs.”
Will the Cowboys bring back two of their most important offensive weapons? They better.
FRISCO – Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are not perfect players. But they are viewed as near-perfect fits in the Dallas Cowboys puzzle, which is why the two free agents remain atop the Jones family’s roster-building priority list.
“We’ve got some guys on here that I’m really proud of what they gave us this year,” owner Jerry Jones said. “And a lot of them that aren’t necessarily signed, I plan on getting them signed.”
Prescott finished 2019 with a big day in the Week 17 win over Washington (303 yards and four touchdowns), giving him 30 passing touchdowns and 4,902 passing yards – one yard short of Tony Romo’s 2012 franchise record.
“It really breaks my heart that Dak didn’t get that record — by a yard!’’ Jones said. “I would’ve gone out there and run a route for him at that time to get that yard. He deserves that.”
Dak doesn’t need Jerry’s route-running; he needs Jerry’s check-writing. The Cowboys’ plan is unchanged there; Prescott will be a top-five-paid QB (or a tagged player) at $39 mil APY.
Amid sensible media suggestions that Dak was bothered by not having a deal done earlier this season, Prescott insisted, “I never thought about the contract this season and I haven’t thought about it. I have a great team of people that will handle that when those talks come. When it happens, it happens.”
We take another shot at trying to figure out what is happening these days with the Cowboys.
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