What Does Jerry Jones Attribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ Offensive Revitalization This Season? - Jess Nevarez, Pro Football Network
Owner Jerry Jones is thrilled with what he’s seen from his head coach and quarterback.
Mike McCarthy’s “Texas Coast” Offense
But what was the difference-maker allowing Prescott to lead the Cowboys’ offense to shine brighter than it has in years?
The arrow points back to the system McCarthy has set up for Prescott and the offense under his “Texas Coast” offensive play calling.
After the Cowboys made a statement with their win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jones said it was the most satisfying win under the McCarthy era yet.
Jones continued to give credit to the head coach on The Fan, saying that McCarthy is respected for all of the right reasons.
“At this time, he’s the busiest man there is in Dallas, Texas, I believe,” Jones said. “He’s not only the head coach, but he’s also the [playcaller], and the term is, ‘If you’re gonna call them, you gotta install them.’ … That’s part of a long, cumbersome week that you have preparing.”
The owner said McCarthy not only created a winning game plan to defeat the Eagles but also did it while having to go into emergency surgery for acute appendicitis earlier in the week and still calling the plays from the sidelines.
“He was able to do all of that. It meant a lot to him to do it. It meant a lot to the team for him to do it. It really showed how much the game means to everybody involved,” Jones said.
If the Dallas Cowboys hope to win the division, they’ll need to win out in December.
Since Mike McCarthy was hired in 2020, the Cowboys are 12-2 in the month of December and are averaging 33.6 points per game during that 14-game stretch. The two losses came in McCarthy’s first December game with the Cowboys (34-17 loss to Baltimore) and last season’s overtime loss to Jacksonville. At home, they’re a perfect 7-0 with a chance to extend that mark on Dec. 30 against the Lions.
But this time around, things feel a little different, don’t they?
Even though the Cowboys won three December games last season, a couple of those wins felt like they did more bad than good. A win over a one-win Houston team took Dallas every second to accomplish, and a road win at Tennessee against a third-string quarterback generated more concerns than positivity going into the final stretch. Shortly after in January, that was punctuated with a demoralizing loss in Washington.
This time around, those types of “bad” wins aren’t present, and they aren’t showing signs of rearing around. A commanding win against Philadelphia – while it did have its offensive issues in the second half – has the confidence higher than its been all season in the locker room going into the final four games.
“I think we’re where we need to be,” McCarthy said on Monday about the confidence around the locker room. “It’s definitely high. And it should be. Is it the highest of the year? Probably so.”
Dallas Cowboys’ Trey Lance Trade Plan? 5 Reasons to Move Dak Prescott Backup to Minnesota Vikings - Geoff Magliochetti, Cowboys Country
If the front office wants to extend Dak Prescott, should they look to trade Trey Lance this offseason?
Summer’s end brought debate around the quarterback spot, one where some felt (wrongly, as CowboysSI.com reported at the time) that a message was sent when the team traded with San Francisco in a deal that sent Trey Lance to North Texas. Though injury-prone and unproven, Lance’s lingering potential was tantalizing in the wake of Dak Prescott’s sometime-struggles during the 2022 season.
By now, even the most casual viewer of Cowboys football is well-versed in the Prescott redemption, one that might make Lance’s presence a bit redundant.
Lance, the third pick of the 2021 draft, could realistically develop into a No. 2, but as Prescott destined for another big contract, the team could opt to stick with Cooper Rush as his understudy for both financial and philosophical reasons.
This year, the reliable Rush (who has another year left on his deal) remains the Cowboys’ primary passing backup plan, while Lance has been stationed as the emergency third arm.
Lance thus appears on a list of potential offseason trade candidates compiled by Connor Livesay of The 33rd Team, a group that also features established stars like Davante Adams, Joey Bosa, and Stefon Diggs.
“If the Cowboys stick with Rush at QB2, they could start calling quarterback-needy teams that missed out on Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels in the 2024 NFL Draft,” Livesay notes. “The Cowboys could get a better return for Lance than what they paid from teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, or Seattle Seahawks. If those teams miss out on the top passers in the draft, they could see Lance as a viable option.”
Brandon Aubrey, kicker for the Cowboys, hasn’t missed a field goal. Maybe he should. - Mike Freeman, USA Today
This is one of the stranger takes on Brandon Aubrey’s historic season.
Lawrence Tynes was an NFL kicker for 12 years. He won two rings with the Giants. He twice made game-winning kicks in the NFC title game during overtime to put New York in the Super Bowl. Yes. He did that. In overtime. Twice.
To say he was good is an understatement. To impress a kicker as good as Tynes takes a lot and let’s just say Tynes is impressed with Dallas Cowboys kicker Brandon Aubrey. It’s understandable. What Aubrey is doing is absolutely bonkers. It’s beyond bonkers. It’s superhuman kicker stuff.
“I think what he is doing is incredible,” Tynes told USA TODAY Sports. “He is much more mature than a typical rookie kicker given his MLS soccer background and USFL experience, but to make 25, 30 kicks in a row at practice is hard, and he has done it in games. Many times from long range.
“A lot of us tenured kickers, guys who kicked for a while, carried demons from previous failures. This guy during games looks like he grabbed a bag of balls and went to a local park to practice kicking. He is so relaxed when I watch him kick on TV.”
Aubrey hasn’t missed a field goal try this season. Thirty attempts. No misses. Against the Eagles he made kicks from 59 and 60 yards. He’s the first kicker ever to connect on two field goals of 59-plus yards in the same contest.
Almost as impressive (to a dork like me) is that on two separate kickoffs against the Eagles he hit the crossbar twice in the same half.
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