a look ahead
Maybe this isn’t the right time for this article. The super bowl champion was just crowned. The off season is merely a few days old. Everyone around the league is most likely in full blown scouting mode of college players entering the 2014 draft and unrestricted free agents. I cant help but take a look ahead a little farther than that.
I am sitting here thinking of 2015. I’m not thinking of players for 2015, but leaders of men. I think Jason Garrett is a half decent coach. He has his strong points just like anyone else in the NFL. And just like anyone else in the NFL he has his weak points. Its his philosophy more than anything that I disagree with. I feel it dooms him more than any of his short comings. He refuses to run the ball and play tough. Because of this he will continue to fail. His chosen play caller for the 2014 season, Scott Linehan, just gets him one step closer to being out the door.
Perhaps this is not the right time for this. We are 8 months away from the kickoff of 2014, and 20 months away from the kickoff of the 2015 season. But Jerry needs to be prepared for what to do if this is another 8-8 season, if not worse. Some say its better to be lucky than good. For some, luck itself is an art. But more than anything, luck favors the prepared
I wrote an article earlier in the year of a shortlist of possible replacements for Jason Garrett. On that list was Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator for the world champion Seattle Seahawks. All he did was coordinate arguably the greatest defensive performance in the history of the super bowl. They absolutely pummeled the greatest offense of all time. There simply aren’t enough words to describe the beating that defense laid down on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Once again showing resounding proof that defense wins championships. So why not take what they do and bring it here? I cant think of any reasons
The Seahawks didn’t have some exotic game plan. They didn’t disguise any coverages. They didn’t try to fool Peyton Manning. If anything the reports I hear are they actually dumbed the game plan down. They simply lined up, rolled up their sleeves, and said bring it! Its the attitude that I want. Its the mentality that I covet. Its the preparation and execution. Its 11 men on the field playing with one heart beat. Playing for each other and doing their job. The Seattle approach comes down to the #1 fundamental of defensive football. Tackle. Be in position to tackle. Make the tackle, and make it with authority. Simple as that
Now Jerry has already taken a step in this direction when he fired Rob Ryan and brought in Monte Kiffen. He did it because he wanted to get away from the complex 3-4 scheme and go to a simple 4-3 defense. Seattle showed the world just how effective this scheme can be. Now finish the job. Take the next step. Be prepared and take a look ahead. Cover your bases
The Cowboys are very lucky. Quinn, to the best of my knowledge, is not being interviewed for any jobs. I Believe all the coaching staffs around the league are set. But make no mistake, this man will be a head coach in 2015. And here is one more very appealing aspect of the whole thing. The Seattle Seahawks linebacker coach. Their linebacker coach has been with Pete Carroll since his days at USC. He has been with Seattle since 2010. You take a look at the linebackers USC pumped out under Pete Carroll and the job those Seahawk line backers do and its 2nd to none. This man is none other than Ken Norton Jr. The former Cowboy great that played under Jimmy Johnson and helped lead that team to back to back titles. How awesome would that be to bring in Quinn as head coach and Norton as defensive coordinator?
This can all happen. Its as simple as taking a look ahead and being prepared.