The Dallas Cowboys are going through a difficult time right now. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving loss against the L.A. Chargers was the 3rd consecutive loss with the Dallas Cowboys losing by more than 20 points and only scoring in the single digits (27-7, 37-9, 28-6). In times like these, it’s natural for fans to look for someone to blame. I’m not saying it’s any one person, but I do believe it’s time to have a chat about the coaching, or lack there of.
Yes we are missing a lot of key players; Ezekiel Elliot and Sean Lee to name a few, but doesn’t that happen every season to almost every team? (I’m talking about injuries, not the Zeke debacle) Coaches have to be ready for when the unexpected happens; that’s what good coaching is about. I mean, shouldn’t there have been a wake up call after Chaz Green got beat by Adrian Clayborn, thus allowing him to sack Dak Prescott SIX times in the game against the Atlanta Falcons?! Since then, Dak has been playing as if he doesn’t really trust his offensive line, and honestly I don’t blame him. Should we be questioning offensive coordinator Scott Linehan? Or how about offensive line coach Frank Pollack?
What about the defense? They’ve been playing pretty well up until the 2nd half comes around and then all hell breaks loose and we get points ran up on us. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is a good coach, but perhaps he’s hit the proverbial “ceiling” on what he can accomplish.
The ironic part is that head coach Jason Garrett was named the NFL’s coach of the year only just a week ago for the Cowboys 13-3 record last year. After the game yesterday, when asked if there needs to be a change in the coaching staff, owner Jerry Jones replied,
“No absolutely not…and I mean it, no…I really think this coaching staff is tops. I think Jason is able to use everything that he’s learned, as coordinator, as coach over these last years, and we’ve just got to get it together.”
Look all I’m trying to say is that whatever the coaches have been doing (or not doing) needs to change because it’s not working. The Dallas Cowboys are now 5-6, but there’s still a chance of getting a wild card spot. Let’s hope the next game against the Washington Redskins will be different and the Cowboys can, in the words of Mr. Jones, “get it together”.
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