Stephen Jones on Cowboys’ concern level of losing Kellen Moore, Dan Quinn this offseason - SportsDay Staff
Do Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn have one foot out the door?
Executive vice president Stephen Jones recently joined the Norm and D Invasion on KTCK-AM 1310/KTCK-FM 96.7 The Ticket to discuss all things Cowboys. Here are some of the highlights, edited for clarity:
Are you concerned that the Cowboys could lose one or both coordinators in the upcoming offseason? Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn?
Stephen Jones: “Well, you always want to keep guys that are helping you have success, but at the same time we know that’s part of this business. Coach [Bill] Parcells was here. We had Mike Zimmer and Sean Payton and certainly those guys got their opportunities to go on and be successful coaches, but the good news with that is it usually means you’re having success on the field. So, certainly, it happened back when we had our Super Bowl run when we had guys like Butch Davis, Dave [Wannstedt] getting opportunities. Norv Turner getting opportunities. That comes with success. So, a part of you hopes you have that challenge, but at the same time, you hate to lose guys who are doing a great job for you, but hopefully we’re doing our job. We got guys on our staff who can step up if they happen to get the opportunity they really want as a head coach, then you certainly embrace that for them. As I said, hopefully, you got some great coaches on this staff that are ready to be coordinators or have been coordinators.”
Dak Prescott injury: Cowboys’ Jerry Jones ‘feels good about status’ of Pro Bowl QB vs. Vikings in Week 8 - Patrik Walker, CBSSports
Thumbs up from Doctor Jerry.
Dak Prescott is currently on the mend after suffering a calf strain on the final play of the game against the New England Patriots, when he rolled to his right to deliver the walk-off touchdown to CeeDee Lamb to give the Dallas Cowboys their gutsiest win of the 2021 season, sending them to 5-1 as well. The two-time Pro Bowler took the podium for his post-game press conference in a walking boot that was deemed precautionary, and was in great spirits as he declared there was nothing to worry about — particularly with the Cowboys entering a timely bye week and not playing another game until they face the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31.
An MRI done on Monday showed the strain isn’t severe enough to cost Prescott any time going forward, sources tell CBS Sports, and the current medicine is lots of rest during the two weeks off, along with some rehab work to begin in a few days. Team owner Jerry Jones provided the latest update on Friday, and he’s anything but concerned about Prescott’s status for Week 8.
“Big ole thumbs up,” said Jones of Prescott. “... I feel good about his status.”
As mentioned, Prescott himself was jovial about it all — poking some fun at media about the walking boot.
“I figured when we weren’t playing for a week, so I would give you guys something to talk about and speculate on this time,” said Prescott, playfully. “So there you go. ... Yeah the last throw, just came down funny. That’s what it was. It will be checked out.
How a guy with a British accent found a home as Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach - Stefan Stevenson, Star-Telegram
All hail Aden Durde.
Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Aden Durde wasn’t thrilled that he played a starring role during HBO’s Hard Knocks series in August. “I prefer to fly under the radar,” said Durde with a laugh at The Star. But Durde’s story was too good for the HBO producers to pass up. The British native is the first full-time assistant coach in NFL history born in England. TOP VIDEOS × Durde, 42, is in his first season with the Cowboys. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn brought him over from his Atlanta Falcons staff when Quinn was head coach. Durde served as Atlanta’s defensive quality control coach in 2018-19, and outside linebackers coach in 2020. He has been integral to helping expand the NFL’s International Player Pathway program, which helps promote American football across the globe. Durde knew he wanted to eventually coach while still playing in various leagues in England and Europe. He was briefly on the Carolina Panthers practice squad in 2005 and the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad in 2008, his last year playing professionally. “I went and helped the guys [who] found me, a team called the London Warriors. I started helping the kids, and I wasn’t even coaching. I was just helping them,” said Durde, who lives in Texas full time. But the taste of the coaching life was all he needed. He sold his business and set his sights on a career in coaching. “I just wanted to get back to football and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. “It kind of snowballed from there.”
After further review: Cowboys CB Anthony Brown has been quietly playing good football - David Howman, Blogging the Boys
Anthony Brown has been solid here recently!
The deck was stacked against Anthony Brown this season. For most of his career he’s been the starting slot cornerback ahead of fan-favorite Jourdan Lewis, which never did him any favors. But this year, he was tasked with holding down the outside cornerback spot opposite Trevon Diggs.
Much of the Cowboys’ offseason was centered on making sure Brown didn’t start at that CB2 spot, though. Rumors of interest in veteran free agents like Richard Sherman, Casey Hayward, and Michael Davis were secondary to the intense focus on draft prospects Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn. Neither player ended up being available, so Kelvin Joseph became the new, young rookie corner in Dallas.
Both to the credit of Brown and the detriment of Joseph, nothing happened in training camp or preseason to shake Brown from the top of the depth chart. Joseph landing on the injured reserve only further cemented Brown’s status, which sent him right into the buzzsaw that was a matchup with Antonio Brown in Week 1.
To say that Brown played poorly against the other Brown is an understatement: the Cowboys’ Brown got burned to a crisp. Context is necessary, though, and Antonio is just a few years removed from being the consensus best receiver in the NFL, so Anthony is not the first, or last, corner to have a bad day against this receiver. Week 2 meant Brown faced off against Mike Williams who, at 6’4” and 218 pounds, had an advantage by five inches and 22 pounds.
Things once again went poorly for Brown, and it didn’t help that Diggs was busy making an early case for Defensive Player of the Year recognition. Between that contrast and Brown’s own struggles against two very good receivers, it was predictable that many were calling for Brown’s benching. A quick look at his numbers in the first two weeks offer a solid argument for such....
Randy Gregory forever.
The Cowboys’ thrilling overtime win over the Patriots saw a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime and a field goal to tie the game in regulation.
But big plays by the defense were not overlooked, especially the sacks made by Randy Gregory.
As announced on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, Gregory is the Week 6 recipient of the 2021 NFL Way to Play Award.
Randy Gregory Earns NFL Way To Play Award | 2021
An expert panel consisting of MERRIL HOGE, RONNIE LOTT, WILLIE MCGINEST, ORLANDO PACE and MICHAEL ROBINSON selects the weekly winners.
Here is the explanation for Gregory’s award-winning game:
With 10:14 remaining in the second quarter, Gregory demonstrated proper pass-rushing technique by keeping his head up and out while leading with his shoulder as he sacked Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. He made sure he did not land on the quarterback with his body weight as he made the tackle. His play led to a forced fumble that was recovered by Cowboys defensive end Chauncey Golston for a takeaway.
“Through the award, football players and fans from around the world can see real-time examples of excellent football fundamentals and skill development,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
Each recipient of the Way to Play Award will receive a $2,500 equipment grant through USA Football to be awarded to the local youth or high school football program of the player’s choice.
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