In my opinion, coaching is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of a successful team. If you look at last year's Indy team, they had a #1 draft pick (and a terrific one in Luck)..... and not much else across the team aside from the veteran DEs. Luck and the offense got much of their contribution from rookies like T.Y. Hilton
and Cody Fleener (who was Luck's teammate at Stanford but a rookie nonetheless). I also believe it's common knowledge that their offensive line wasn't much better than ours, as Luck took his fair share of hits. BUT, Luck was able to use the (limited) resources he had and pull out eleven wins. How did he do that? My strong opinion was the coaching he had. He had QB guru Bruce Arians there guiding him through his rookie year, and fueled by the motivation of the Pagano situation led his team to a good season.
What's the point of this article? Everybody is complaining or praising how the Cowboys
brass did in the draft this year. I think it's fair to say that all 7 draft selections have potential to succeed, as well as some of the UDFAs (Brandon Magee
?). However, a big determining factor in whether they in fact DO succeed or not, specifically here in Dallas, is the quality of coaching they get from Garrett and Co. A good example of this is the curious case of Martellus Bennett. He was a good blocker in the two-TE sets, also was a flash in the pan in the passing game as far as a rookie year (had a nice TD against WAS that year). Was that John Garrett's fault? Maybe. Was it Jason's fault for not utilizing his skills similar to the wat NE does with their studs? Maybe (I am excited to see how they'll use Escobar with Witten this year). But one thing you CAN'T blame it on is a lack of talent/ability, evidenced by Bennett's year with NYG.
Perhaps a silver lining in all this could be Romo's increased influence on the offense as whole. Who was it that said he's aspiring to be an offensive coordinator? But anyway, my point remains. Throw a "Dream Team" together with poor coaching, and you fail (sorry Juan Castillo). Have a team depleted with a lot of top level talent, matched with great coaching, and you can definitely succeed. So here's to the new coaching staff clicking on all cylinders and cranking out at least 10 wins and pulling us out of the butt of mediocrity!
(Another good point this brings up is to try and have faith in DL guru Rod Marinelli, who I'm sure would have BEGGED for a DL to be drafted if he didn't have confidence with the current status quo)
P.S. first fanpost, hope you guys enjoy! GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!
(Coming to you from Redskin central, enemy hive)
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