Jeff Ireland hasn't even been gone a day yet, but apparently the King expected all along and made contingency plans.
To be honest with you, I'm surprised... but we'll see if the "fallback" is actually carried out come April.
And as I was Google-ing the name "Tom Ciskowski," I came across an article that explains what the Dallas Cowboys War Room may do with Ireland now headed to South Beach to join his new boss, Bill "Big Tuna" Parcells of the Miami Dolphins.
Here's one of the guidelines that the Dallas front office plans to go by:
With a new coaching staff, expect the Cowboys to stick to what chief scout Jeff Ireland and his staff suggest. Unlike previous years when Parcells was known to lobby for a player, and his voice was hard to ignore, the Cowboys plan to rank and draft according to what the scouts say. Period.
The article also goes into the biases that members of the War Room have towards certain players or positions of need.
For example, when Parcells was here in Big D, he had his "pet cats" --
Glancing at those four previous drafts, Parcells' fingerprints are all over -- Bobby Carpenter, Marion Barber, Rob Petitti, Anthony Fasano, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Stephen Peterman to name a few.
The Cowboys have 10 picks in the 2008 NFL Draft, and the King wants a 70 percent success rate (seven of 10 sticking to next year's 53-man roster).
To find those seven players, he plans to rely exclusively on the scouts. And not the phone calls that come from his friends outside Valley Ranch. He plans to rely exclusively on Ireland and on the eyes of longtime scouts Walter Juliff, Tom Ciskowski and the rest.
He wants a "clean board,' a draft board free of agendas or reaches. A board assembled by the people who live on the road in the fall watching college football games and watching scores of tapes.
He wants a board free of pet cats.
I'll believe it when I see it. Please Jerry, resist the urge to give in to "pet cats" or self-serving senseless trades down just to make splash headlines.
Sorry, I just digressed. Anyway...
Check out this informative article in its entirety.
But before we get too deep into talking about the future, let's pay tribute to what our Boyz accomplished this past regular season and enjoy the possible ride to attaining that elusive Number Six Super Bowl Title.
For this diary, the video below gives props to the "O."
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