Time to take stock of where we are with the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys for 2011. Of course, the big positions are filled. Jason Garrett is the head coach and the offensive coordinator. Recently, with very little fanfare, the Cowboys added Rob Ryan to the staff as defensive coordinator.
O.C.C. relayed the word that LB coach Reggie Herring would be leaving the fold and joining Wade Phillips in Houston. That leaves a very important position available on Jason Garrett's staff. The 3-4 defense is predicated on the linemen taking on blockers and the linebackers making plays, so the man in charge of their day-to-day development has to rank very highly on the assistant coaching pecking order. Gerry Fraley runs through some of the possibilities on who new DC Rob Ryan could be suggesting to the front office.
Don "Wink" Martindale has a relationship with the Ryan family that began when he worked with twin brother Rex Ryan at the University of Cincinnati in 1996-97. Martindale handled linebackers with Oakland from 2004 to ’09, when Ryan was the Raiders’ defensive coordinator...Matt Eberflus is also a candidate for the job. He coached linebackers during Ryan’s two seasons as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator.
When asked about the rotation at linebacker, Ryan said , " It goes to Matt Eberflus, who I think is the top linebacker coach in football."
When asked about Chris Gocong’s development as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, Ryan said. "I brag about my Matt Eberflus, but that guy is a phenomenal coach. [Gocong] has made unbelievable strides. A lot of that credit goes to Matt Eberflus."
We had a discussion earlier in the week about which free agent players who played for Ryan might join him in Dallas. Gocong was the second player on my list. From the quote above, I inferred that Ryan thinks that Gocong turned a huge corner last season and is a player on the rise. The armchair analyst in me says that we should probably expect the Cowboys to be in the Gocong sweepstakes once the CBA is in place. I'm all for it just so I can shout out Go-Konnnnnggggg every Sunday.
More to follow...
The Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Randy Galloway got around to writing an article searching for an explanation on why Ray Sherman was let go. We discussed the move ad naseum here, and Galloway makes the same conclusions that the community has made. Coach Sherman was a sounding board for the wide receiving divas and Garrett was not interested in having anyone in between him and his players. Two weeks after the dismissal, and still no official word. To me, that further exemplifies that Jerry Jones is giving Jason as much control as any coach not named Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells. Galloway does bring up an important note though.
As the offensive coordinator, and Sherman's boss, if Red J was not pleased with what went on with any receiver, on or off the field, then he certainly had the power to be verbally jumping any of those players. Or Sherman.
As on optimist, I'm prone to acknowledge and move past previous failures, but this one just may have some teeth. If Sherman's relationship with the players was such an issue, why didn't the offensive coordinator step in sooner? My short answer? That may have been Sherman's main offense, but the fact that all-world talent Dez Bryant was behind the learning curve despite his immense talent may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. Your thoughts?
Jason Garrett is still searching for a coach to replace Sherman. Although he named his brother John the new passing game coordinator, there would still seem a need to bring in a coach that run the sessions in practice where the offense breaks into their specialty groups. One name, according to espn.com's Tim McMahon, is no longer available.
The Broncos announced that Adam Gase will remain on Denver's staff as the quarterbacks coach.
Gase had interviewed for the Cowboys' vacancy at wide receivers coach. He coached the Broncos' receivers the last two seasons and had been Jon Kitna's quarterbacks coach in Detroit
Just as the linebacker's coach is essential in a 3-4 scheme, a downfield passing attack is definitely in need of a quality receivers coach. That is what the Cowboys employ when Tony Romo is behind center, in case any of you have forgotten. Man it seems like eons have passed since we got to watch ol' number 9 behind center. "Red" loves the vertical passing game and the receivers need to be able to run the route tree with emphatic hand techniques, Master Chef cutting and ballerina-like body control. Their mentality has to remain sharp throughout a game of 60 or more snaps when they only get targeted two or three occasions, and sometimes not until after halftime.
The Cowboys have also had interest in bringing in an assistant offensive line coach. Two names that have surfaced are Bruce Matthews and Dan Campbell. 2010 kickers coach Chris Boniol may be asked to return to the fold.
Cowboys coaches chart.
|Head Coach||Wade Phillips/Jason Garrett||Jason Garrett|
|Off. Coordinator||Jason Garrett||Jason Garrett|
|Def. Coordinator||Wade Phillips/Paul Pasqualoni||Rob Ryan|
|Running Backs||Skip Peete||Skip Peete?|
|Wide Receivers||Ray Sherman||(new candidate)|
|Tight Ends||John Garrett||John Garrett (also passing game coordinator)|
|Quarterbacks||Wade Wilson||Wade Wilson?|
|Offensive Line||Hudson Houck||Hudson Houck?|
||Joe DeCamillis||Joe DeCamillis?|
|Defensive Line||Paul Pasqualoni||(new candidate)|
|Linebackers||Reggie Herring||(new candidate)|
|Secondary||Dave Campo||Dave Campo?|
|Secondary/Safeties||Brett Maxie||Brett Maxie?|