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I mean, yeah, this team is crazy talented. Quinn was absolutely right -- there are no real weaknesses, and the weaknesses that do exist are relatively minor. We're in a better position than the vast majority of teams in this league.

I would say there are no more excuses and it's time to do something this year, but I know there will be excuses. There are every year.
Pretty good talent all across the roster yet it feels like the Cowboys have little to no chance at making a Super Bowl run.
 

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Pretty good talent all across the roster yet it feels like the Cowboys have little to no chance at making a Super Bowl run.
I would say it's much better than "pretty" good. There are very good players at almost every position except S and TE, and those are two of the least important.

Dak isn't a top-top level QB but we have the type of talent around him that allow QBs like him to win it all.

And I do think they can and should make a deep run. I don't see any reason they wouldn't. Except for the HC being a big bag of nothing, of course. But even there, our talent is so good they might not need a very good coach.
 

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I would say it's much better than "pretty" good. There are very good players at almost every position except S and TE, and those are two of the least important.

Dak isn't a top-top level QB but we have the type of talent around him that allow QBs like him to win it all.

And I do think they can and should make a deep run. I don't see any reason they wouldn't. Except for the HC being a big bag of nothing, of course. But even there, our talent is so good they might not need a very good coach.
Are you saying that we can win despite Garrett? We've been told that was just an excuse despite it happening in 95.
 

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Are you saying that we can win despite Garrett? We've been told that was just an excuse despite it happening in 95.
If your coordinators are good enough we probably can. Of course we have no idea about Moore yet.
 

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And I do think they can and should make a deep run. I don't see any reason they wouldn't. Except for the HC being a big bag of nothing, of course. But even there, our talent is so good they might not need a very good coach.
HC is exactly the reason why this team has very little chance at making a Super Bowl run.

We've had some very talented Cowboy teams during the Garrett era (dating back to 2007) and they've all failed to even sniff the conference championship round. I fail to see how this year will be any different just because Kellen Moore is the new OC. If you believe in Kellen Moore you're doing so purely on blind fan faith. He's basically coming into this thing under the same circumstance of nepotism like Jason Garrett back in 2007. His coaching resume is as bare as a newborn baby.

So no, I don't see Jason Garrett leading this team on a deep playoff run.

He's basically, as you Game of Thrones nerds would put it: Jason Garrett - King of House Ginger, the Third of his Name, Waster of Talent, Lord of Wasted Challenges, the Father of Clapping, Breaker of Fan Enthusiasm, Creator of Dull Schemes.
 

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We've had some very talented Cowboy teams during the Garrett era (dating back to 2007) and they've all failed to even sniff the conference championship round. I fail to see how this year will be any different just because Kellen Moore is the new OC. If you believe in Kellen Moore you're doing so purely on blind fan faith. He's basically coming into this thing under the same circumstance of nepotism like Jason Garrett back in 2007. His coaching resume is as bare as a newborn baby.

So no, I don't see Jason Garrett leading this team on a deep playoff run.
Addressing some points...

1. I think this team is quite a bit more talented than 2007, and probably the most talented one they've had in 20 years
2. I have no faith in Moore at all, but as long as he's just average, it's the players that make the difference
3. I don't see Garrett leading anything except field trips and his own promotion, but again, I don't think Brian Billick led the Ravens to a title, either.
 

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Addressing some points...

1. I think this team is quite a bit more talented than 2007, and probably the most talented one they've had in 20 years
2. I have no faith in Moore at all, but as long as he's just average, it's the players that make the difference
3. I don't see Garrett leading anything except field trips and his own promotion, but again, I don't think Brian Billick led the Ravens to a title, either.
Regarding points 2 & 3, who do you see as those players who will step up and compensate for the lack of talent Dallas has at the coaching positions? We have a bunch of "lead-by-example" guys from what I can tell. But is there a player or two who moves the needle and commands the respect of the entire locker room? I don't think that player exists in Dallas. The 2000 Ravens that you referenced had Ray Lewis and a couple of others who fit that mold.


Also, I think you aren't giving those past Cowboys teams enough credit. We have had a ton of talent in Dallas the past 10 years. It's just being wasted on average at best coaching and a meddling front office. I'd argue that those 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2016 teams were just as talented as teams that have gone on to conference championship/Super Bowl appearances....Jax (2017), Atlanta (2016), Chicago (2010), and Denver (2015) to name a few.

You go line by line down the roster and those Cowboys rosters had just as much talent as those teams. The difference is the coaches of those teams pushed the right buttons when it mattered most. Coaching matters immensely in a league driven by roster parity.
 
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I don’t see how people can predict the season when training camp hasn’t even started or how they can predict the outcome of how a coach will do without ever seeing a single play run. That’s a lot of insight or a closed mind.
 

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I don’t see how people can predict the season when training camp hasn’t even started or how they can predict the outcome of how a coach will do without ever seeing a single play run. That’s a lot of insight or a closed mind.
It's simple pattern analysis.

The pattern in Dallas hasn't changed so why expect different results?
 

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It's simple pattern analysis.

The pattern in Dallas hasn't changed so why expect different results?
Actually that’s the reason I am am encouraged. The pattern has a change to change this upcoming season.
 

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Regarding points 2 & 3, who do you see as those players who will step up and compensate for the lack of talent Dallas has at the coaching positions? We have a bunch of "lead-by-example" guys from what I can tell. But is there a player or two who moves the needle and commands the respect of the entire locker room? I don't think that player exists in Dallas. The 2000 Ravens that you referenced had Ray Lewis and a couple of others who fit that mold.


Also, I think you aren't giving those past Cowboys teams enough credit. We have had a ton of talent in Dallas the past 10 years. It's just being wasted on average at best coaching and a meddling front office. I'd argue that those 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2016 teams were just as talented as teams that have gone on to conference championship/Super Bowl appearances....Jax (2017), Atlanta (2016), Chicago (2010), and Denver (2015) to name a few.

You go line by line down the roster and those Cowboys rosters had just as much talent as those teams. The difference is the coaches of those teams pushed the right buttons when it mattered most. Coaching matters immensely in a league driven by roster parity.
Well wait, I wasn't predicting a Superbowl win. I was just saying this team is so talented they could make a deep run despite having an empty suit at HC.

Side note though, I do think going down the roster, this team is more talented than the 2007 or 2009 ones. Probably by a fair amount. Only question there is QB, which admittedly is huge. But the book is still open on Dak, and it's not like Romo was Dan Marino anyway.

But you mention leadership -- that is something Dak seems to have. Witten has it. I think Jaylon Smith has it. And the Hot Boyz, need I say more?
 

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do you see the date on that tweet?
 

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Yep, and it's a good reminder that he isn't being used as much as he should be.
I am giving this one up because Richard is way too hung up on the length thing. All Lewis can do is keep playing hard when being given his limited opportunities, which I don't see any indication he isn't.
 

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Must be a slow day for the guy that runs the official Twitter account.
 

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God, I hope he has a better number than 18. 18 sucks for a receiver.
 

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So they don't get compared to previous generations receivers and can make their own legacy. :dunce
meanwhile we get Cooper 19, Gallup 13 , Cobb 18, Hurns 17 and Wilson 16. Lame.
 

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Film room: Why rookie RB Tony Pollard will be a versatile weapon for the Cowboys in 2019


By John Owning Contact John Owning on Twitter: @JohnOwning Earlier this week, we discussed why Jourdan Lewis and George Iloka will have key roles on the Cowboys' defense despite not starting. Today, it's Tony Pollard's turn, as we detail how and why the rookie running back will be a key reserve in 2019.

To get an idea of how the Cowboys can use Pollard off the bench, we must first look at how the team utilized Lance Dunbar, who sat behind a talented back in DeMarco Murray for most of his career, a few years ago.

For those who don't remember, Dunbar was a diminutive back -- listed at 5-foot-8, 187 pounds -- and an outstanding athlete who was dynamic with the ball in his hands (averaged more than 10 yards per touch in 2015) during his Cowboys career (2012-17). Injuries, however, mostly derailed what could have been an impressive career with the team. He only played a full 16 games once and had three seasons with less than 10 played.

Though their offense has been (rightfully) criticized for being unimaginative during the Dak Prescott era, the Cowboys were actually extremely creative in the ways they utilized Dunbar. They figured out a variety of ways to get him involved in the offense and on special teams. Here are some examples:

In the 10 plays included in the clip above, Dunbar is used a myriad of ways on the ground and through the air from varying alignments. The Cowboys used motion to create mismatches with Dunbar against second-level defenders in the pass game and used him as a traditional running back while also using him as a return man on special teams.

Possessing receiver-like abilities to go with his proficiency as a running back, the Cowboys would be wise to use Pollard in a similar way by moving him across the formation to create mismatches and get him the ball in space while also using him as a traditional running back. In fact, Pollard should be an even more effective weapon for the Cowboys.

Pollard can essentially be a bigger, more explosive, durable and talented version of Dunbar. During his time in Memphis, Pollard was used as a hybrid RB/WR/Wildcat QB, which allowed him to show off his versatility as a playmaker.


He's outstanding in space, displaying eye-popping speed and impressive elusiveness, but also has no qualms running between the tackles, possesses notable vision, patience and toughness as a runner.


He possesses receiver-like skills as well. Though his route-running is rudimentary at this point, Pollard has the speed to run away from coverage to go along with the strong hands and leaping ability to win at the catch point.

Don't be surprised if new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore uses his time as Dunbar's teammate (2015-16) as inspiration to find ways to incorporate Pollard in the offense. Pollard is such a versatile weapon that his impact can only be limited by the imagination and commitment of the Cowboys' staff, which is why the rookie running back will be a key reserve in 2019.
 

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[h=1]Former Cowboy Cole Beasley Was Right On The Money With Two Things[/h]
 

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