Don’t count out the Dallas Cowboys yet: Why they could make an NFL playoff run - Bill Barnwell, ESPN.com
So you’re telling us there’s a chance??
Much has been made of the fact that the Cowboys haven’t won a single game against a team with a winning record. Outside of their victory against the Eagles, who probably will be at or above .500 by the end of the season, Dallas’ five wins have come over the Dolphins, Giants, Lions and Washington, who are a combined 9-35-1. The Jets would be in this group, but the Cowboys lost to Sam Darnold & Co. in Week 6.
The Cowboys might not actually need to win a single game against a team with a winning record to win the NFC East, because their schedule isn’t tough. I would argue that it’s harder than that of the Eagles, as FPI gives Philadelphia the league’s easiest remaining schedule. Over the next two weeks, Dallas travels to face a 6-6 Bears team that nearly lost to the David Blough-led Lions on Thanksgiving, then hosts a 6-5 Rams team that is seemingly in free fall. There’s no guarantee the Rams or Eagles are above .500 when they face the Cowboys in December, and then Dallas finishes up with a home game against Washington.
Dallas probably will be favored in three of those four games and slight underdogs at Philadelphia. That game in Week 16 will obviously have a huge impact on the division title, and while past performance isn’t always indicative of what will happen in a rematch, the Cowboys blew out the Eagles the most recent time these two teams played. It’s one of the reasons why ...
The 2011 Giants went from 6-6 to an unexpected Super Bowl. Could the Cowboys still do the same? - Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News
So maybe the Cowboys seasons isn’t totally a disaster?
Only four days after venting his frustrations in public and leading the misguided to think he’d already changed the locks on Jason Garrett’s office, Jerry Jones tried a new approach. Thinking fast after nearly choking on his Thanksgiving turkey, he conjured a vision. Something his heirs would reminisce about in their dotage.
This is what he had in mind: A 6-6 team goes on to win its division and the Super Bowl.
The crazy thing is, it’s not even a new tale. You should have figured as much. The only thing original about Jerry is his instep.
The way the story goes, it’s 2011, and the Giants are a dumpster fire at 6-6 after losing their fourth straight game. You can imagine how this goes over in the tabloids, where the world ends daily and on deadline, no less.
Next thing you know, the lowly Giants show up in Indianapolis with a Super Bowl invite and make off with the league’s best silver.
LG Connor Williams out with torn ACL; Cowboys to stick with struggling K Brett Maher - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys won’t be looking for a new kicker, but they will be looking for a new starting left guard.
Left guard Connor Williams is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced on Friday.
Williams will have surgery in the next two-to-four weeks, Garrett said.
The 2018 second-round pick suffered the injury in Thursday’s 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Williams injured the knee earlier in the game. He returned and then suffered a torn ACL.
The former Coppell and University of Texas product had arthroscopic surgery on the knee a few weeks ago, missing just one game before returning.
So the newest addition to the Cowboys seems to be the one with the most passion.
What wasn’t reality Thursday night into Friday morning was a coaching change. Jason Garrett remains as the Cowboys head coach, despite the team’s lifeless appearance in the second half of its annual Thanksgiving contest. Owner Jerry Jones explained his reasoning to reporters, with tears welling up in his eyes as he leaned on a faint hope of an unexpected turnaround and storybook run to the Super Bowl.
That’s probably the only way Garrett could save his job. But a new arrival, veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett, doesn’t have much time to dream. The recent addition via trade wants -- needs -- results now. That’s what spurred his high-volume tirade in the Cowboys’ locker room after the loss, a rant loud enough to be heard by media members through the closed locker room doors.
”The champions are the people that get remembered,” Bennett said when asked about his message to his teammates, via the Dallas Morning News. “They don’t remember who got the biggest contract. A whole bunch of great players got great contracts, but they don’t get remembered as champions. Champions are the ones who get the gold plates and the jackets and they understand what it takes to win. That’s just a certain mindset. That’s just a certain ability to play tough in adverse moments.”
The Cowboys undoubtedly did not play tough Thursday. Buffalo came into Dallas and won the physical battle on every level of the field, asserting its will while securing its ninth win of the season.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ feathers ruffled, leaves game after Bills smothering - Angelica Stabile, Fox Business
Jerry Jones wasn’t happy after watching his team get blown out on Thanksgiving.
Teary-eyed Jones told Dallas Morning News, in a post-game interview, that he knew the Bills would be hard to beat.
“I believe in this group,” he said. “That [game] certainly was something that causes you to have to check, causes you to reach deep to find out what you’re thankful for.”
With Jason Garrett tenure in Dallas likely on the outs, here are five candidates to take his place for the 2020 season.
With Andy Reid having such a prominent role in the Chiefs’ offense, it’s hard to pin credit on his offensive coordinator beyond general game plan input. But the general success of Reid’s coaching tree (Doug Pederson, Matt Nagy), and Bieniemy’s experience playing running back for nine seasons in the NFL and his lengthy time as a running backs coach in the league before becoming Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, gives him the resume to become a head coach in short order.
“He does not let me miss any detail of what the play is supposed to do, what the protection is supposed to be and that helps me a ton because when we get to the game everything is a little bit easier,” Mahomes said.
Bieniemy was also offensive coordinator at his alma mater Colorado in 2011 and 2012. While the Buffaloes won a total of four games in those seasons, he was able to broaden his understanding of offensive football.
As one of few coordinators who are cream of the crop, or may be motivated to leave their post, Bieniemy is sure to get multiple head coaching interviews during the upcoming cycle. Jones and the Cowboys should easily be on the list.
Who do you blame for this?
After missing two field-goal attempts against the Bills on Thursday, which makes nine misses on the season, the Cowboys figured to be holding tryouts soon in search of a replacement for second-year kicker Brett Maher. Instead, Dallas continues to support Maher and says they will not make a change at his position.
During an interview with 105.9 The Fan, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones referenced last year’s struggles starting the season 3-5 and then turning things around. The junior Jones believes the team can do the same now, in the month of December.
But there is a flaw in that logic. It was the midseason trade for Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper that sparked that turnaround last year, allowing the Cowboys to win seven of their final eight games. Dallas also fired offensive line coach Paul Alexanderduring their bye week and promoted Marc Colombo in his place.
The catalyst for last year’s turnaround was change. Yet, the current Cowboys’ regime is looking to duplicate those results without making any changes. The team has decided to keep their head coach, keep their coaching staff, keep their kicker and hope they can turn their season around like they did in 2018.