a look ahead

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a look ahead

NFL: Dallas Cowboys Training CampMaybe 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

wknd-notes-14-dan-quinn-360I 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

100701norton450bThe 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.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Very nice article, I wouldn’t mind him, however, I am still holding out on the idea that Urban Meyer would be our next coach.

  • Nice job on the article. I am staying pat with Gruden.

    • NYCowboysFan

      To do what?

  • NYCowboysFan

    It’s not as simple as just bringing in another coach and expecting results. It took Seattle 4 years to get the players to play that defense. We probably have about 3 that are any good. In the time it would take for him to get the right players on defense, the offense would fall apart and then it would also be in trouble. It doesn’t matter who Jerry hires, nothing is going to change until he dies. Oh, and on a side note…linebackers is one word.

    • californy

      Look at Arizona as an example, they went from the 2rd worst team in the NFL to a third place finished and a 10-6 record, which was better than both the NFC east and NFC Central champion records this year. They would even be better had they not have to play the best 2 team in the NFL in Seattle and SF. All this happen with the lost of the number 1 pick last year and the progress killer in Palmer who went 24-22 in TD to Int.

      • Great points Calliforny: N.O had the 32nd ranked defense in 2012, Rob Ryan had them top 5 in one season.

        • NYCowboysFan

          Rob Ryan didn’t have to deal with half the defense injured either. We should have kept him around.

  • rh_stranger1

    Well k.c. sure made it look that simple by hiring a new coach. Philly didnt have too shabby of a year with a new coach either. San fransisco has enjoyed enormous success by simply hiring a new coach. Oh and those seahawks just won it all because they pulled the trigger on a new coach. Yes it takes a few years for a plan to come together. How is garretts plan workin for ya? Personally i think it would make a world of difference hiring quinn, who actually brings a damn good resume, big time results, and a system that works very well. The offense would fall apart? That’s implying that it’s together now. It’s a pansy air it out offense. If Denver didn’t stand a chance against seattle what in the world makes you think this Dallas offense would even cross midfield? Most likely quinn would bring some toughness to that side of the ball as well. It’s called changing the culture. Sorely needed here in dallas

    • I agree 100%! Harbaugh went to SF the same year we were 6-10 too. Jg took over the same year. They went to 3 straight championship games and the Cowboys were 8-8. A coach makes a world of difference. Parcells came in and took over a team that had 3 5-11 seasons in a row and had them in the playoffs his 1st year. This team has sputtered ever since he left too.

      • rh_stranger1

        good points cas. parcells did a heck of a job for what he had to work with. the man is a genius taking a team with quincy carter at qb and hambrick at rb to the playoffs. not to mention antonio bryant was one of carters go to guys. he definitely left the team in far better shape then he found it.great coaches get the most out of their players and build teams up, poor ones like wade phillips destroy teams. so id have to say jg is just average, and his record proves it. this team is no farther along than when garrett took over

        • it’s in worse shape: Rat didnt want to play in Dallas, Spencer is banged up, ware is worse for wear: Hatcher doesn’t want to stay in Dallas: They wasted 2 draft picks on a bust CB who isn’t in the same zip code as Jenkins. Him and Newman both did well elsewhere.They blew a 2nd on an avg TE who can’t block, I could go on and on.

          • californy

            please do, lol

  • californy

    I believe JG is one of the worst coaches in the NFL considering who he had on staff and who let Go Wade Phillips 7th, RR 4, Todd Bowls 9,th and before JG Zimmer at 5th best DC last year alone.

    I know what you are going to say that JG was not the guy in charged when Phillips was here. Dont be sure he wasn’t, who got hired on before Wade Phillips. Who brother was working for the Cowboys during the worst draft in Cowboys history 1-18 in the years 2008 to 2009.

    JG finally change the decline of the run game last year when Murray broke the 1000 yard barrier, but in both year that this team didnt have a real FB to start the season, Romo was knock out for the season. I blame this on JG. The Cowboys despite having a top 10 average in the run game gave us a 31st effort in attempts 2 season in a row.

  • californy

    The Sea hawlks and 49 ers have a plans in work, JJ plan changes at least once a year when new coaches are brought in and the one who failed he doesn’t fire them at Callahan and at Kiffen. JJ cap situation doesn’t change either. We are over the cap the same amount of money we were the year before and the dead money amount is about the same also.