Though Brice Butler has already hinted at not returning to the Cowboys, he went a step further making the rounds at FS1.
“With Dallas, the situation has to be right for me to go back,” Butler said. “I have to be a starter. If I’m not starting, I’m not going back. I think the market for me will be a little bit better. So I’m definitely going to play the market. I wouldn’t mind being back in Dallas, but there’s going to have to be some changes made, and I’ll definitely voice that with the team and the organization.”
It looks like a couple of guys are in line for the offensive line coach position in Dallas after Frank Pollack will not be returning.
Cable is a pretty well-known name around NFL circles. He was a previous head coach with the Raiders and spent the past seven seasons in Seattle coaching the offensive line and acting as a running game coordinator. The Seahawks saw a lot of success in that time and were a thumping running team for a while with Marshawn Lynch, but their offense faded recently and they are cleaning out some assistants.
Frank Pollack will leave the Cowboys and take on the same role with the Cincinnati Bengals next season.
Pass protection, however, was an issue in 2017. Dak Prescott was sacked 32 times after he was sacked 25 times as a rookie. The Cowboys missed Smith for three full games and all but three snaps of a fourth. In the first game Smith missed, Prescott was sacked eight times by the Atlanta Falcons, with backup tackles Chaz Green and Byron Bell giving up six sacks. Without Smith on the field, Prescott threw one touchdown pass. The protection was better with Smith on the field, but Prescott’s yard per attempt dropped from 8 to 6.8 in 2017.
Brice Butler wants a starting job but it likely will not be in Dallas as he only had 15 catches this season.
“I feel good about it,” Butler said of his season. “Could have been better. It was a career-high in yards, but it was really just because all my catches were down-the-field throws. As a receiver that is a route-runner, I feel like I could do more things in the offense, but my role was to be the deep-threat guy, the down-the-field guy. So I just had to embrace what they gave me as a role and I had to do what I had to do.”
As the Cowboys search for new coaches, a familiar faces gets an interview. Miles Austin got an opportunity to make his pitch.
Former Cowboy Miles Austin has interviewed for the wide receivers coach position, according to the team’s website. Austin currently works in the team’s scouting department. The Cowboys did not renew the contract of former wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, who accepted the offensive coordinator position at Missouri.
Listening to Will McClay will tell you a lot about how the Cowboys will approach the 2018 NFL draft, so we did just that.
“The quote references Lacewell, who retired from the Cowboys in 2004, so you would think Lacewell’s departure and Bill Parcells’ arrival in 2003 would have fixed those issues between coaches and scouts in Dallas. Well, you’d be wrong in thinking that.
McClay was promoted to his current role after the 2013 draft, and popular Cowboys lore holds that the promotion was a direct result of the decision to pass on DT Sharrif Floyd.”
The Cowboys have a lot of changes to make in the offseason and fixing their passing game woes is at the top of the list.
That wide receiver Cole Beasley went from a team-high 75 receptions for 833 yards in 2016 to 36 catches for 314 yards is mind-boggling. Dez Bryant’s production had been sliding for two years prior to 2017. Terrance Williams (51 catches, 563 yards) was within his career norms except on touchdown catches -- he had zero for the first time in his career. Tight end Jason Witten’s numbers fell in line with what he had produced since 2014 (63 catches, 560 yards, five touchdowns), but his yards per catch was down to a career low.
Longtime Bengals OL coach Paul Alexander will interview for position with the Cowboys.
Replacing Pollack will be a talk task considering what he’s accomplished in his time in Dallas. Many thought the ousting would also clear a path for assistant offensive line coach and former Cowboys’ lineman Marc Colombo to land a promotion and while that’s not out of the window, the team is all-in on investigating all of their options before they make a decision.
Chidobe Awuzie probably bought his mother the sweetest gift a son could buy for her birthday.