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    The surprise trade for Amari https://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/leighton-vander-esch-jersey Cooper has been more than just a potential boost to the Dallas Cowboys’ offense. It has opened up new possibilities of change for the fanbase Womens Allen Hurns Jersey , and even seems to have intrigued some of the more jaded members of the media. Hopes are on the rise, and just maybe the playoff dream is not lost.But don’t mistake Cooper’s arrival as a panacea that will solve everything. The offense had more problems than just the ineffectiveness of the “receiver by committee” approach. Sending next year’s first-rounder to the Oakland Raiders shows that the top management (read: Jerry and Stephen Jones) are looking to get things fixed now rather than wait ‘til next year. However, the other issues that have to be overcome offensively are not the kinds of things that can be fixed by trading for a player. Our Michael Strawn and Tom Ryle are, as always, ready to debate just what the biggest issue is that remains for the offense.Michael: I’m excited about the potential Amari Cooper brings to this offense, specifically his route-running ability which should give Dak some easy throws. However, the blueprint for offensive success for this team, the foundation if you will, is an elite offensive line. Three first-round picks, a second-round pick and another player who would have been a first-round pick. Forty-five million in 2018 cap space (one of every four dollars). This team won’t succeed with a mediocre or even good offensive line; it requires an elite offensive line. But this unit’s performance hasn’t been remotely close to elite; average is probably the best description. More concerning is the fact it seems to be getting worse by week. Unless Tyron Smith can find his form, La’el Collins proves he’s a legit NFL tackle and Connor Williams figures out how to stand up to power rushers the Cooper move is likely for naught. Tom: The offensive line is a concern, but lots of NFL teams are able to succeed with shaky lines. Heck, we’ve seen it happen more than once already against the Cowboys. That goes to the play calling and the quarterback. I am more worried about how well Scott Linehan can use Cooper, and also if Dak Prescott can get the ball to him. Those seem to be more interconnected to me than just individual issues. And Dak has certainly been holding the ball for a long time back there. He needs to get the ball out faster, which probably relates to the plays being called in. Amari has an outstanding ability to get open, but Linehan also has to use him well, and it certainly won’t do much good if Prescott is too nervous in the pocket to see him when he just breaks a defender’s ankles.Michael: It is all interconnected isn’t it? And both of your points are valid. It’s painful to watch teams like the Chiefs and Rams and Patriots use bunch formations and rubs to get easy opportunities and then watch the Cowboys run the same predictable plays. Tony Romo was basically calling every play as we watched the Cowboys’ formations against the Redskins and if he can do it to you, defenses can. Linehan (and Garrett by extension) seems wholly uninterested in such concepts. And they seem only mildly interested in using college schemes that would truly take advantage of Dak’s elite running skills. So yes, only time will tell if Linehan can find a way to utilize Cooper properly. Tom: I see problems on the offensive line as well, particularly the way Tyron has performed. But there just seems to be so much that other teams can do that the Cowboys are either unable to, or just aren’t trying. You made a good point about using Dak’s legs more, but his arm is what needs to work better. I keep thinking back to plays during the losses where time was running out and the Cowboys needed quick strikes, but slow developing plays were called in, or Prescott just took too long deciding where to go or if he had to run or not. Heck, if the O line had just cleaned up the penalties last week, that would have been a win. More to the point, improvements on the line involve five men having to work in concert. Linehan and Prescott should be able to get more done faster, and they need to.Michael: Again, it all works (or doesn’t work) together. Dak is definitely part of the equation. It’s hard to understand why he’s gotten worse is his decision-making from his rookie year (when he seemed absurdly poised and mature for a rookie). I am hopeful this is an area where Cooper will help. His elite route-running skills and ability to separate from defenders to provide an easy target is exactly what Dak needs. So http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/kavon-frazier-jersey , if the OL can hold up a little better and if Dak can start making better/faster decisions and if Scott Linehan can make it all work then we’ll all be giddy come playoff season. What could go wrong?Tom: Oh, indeed, what could go wrong? Well, let’s hope a lot more goes right for the last nine games of the season. The team, namely the Jones family, has acknowledged that they got it wrong to start the year. Now they have taken a major, and for them, radical step to fix one of the major issues. I think the main weight of fixing what else ails the offense falls on Linehan and Prescott, while you lean towards the offensive line cleaning up their errors. The next game against the Tennessee Titans could be a good place to start making all that work out, but as we have harped all season, they need to find some consistency. They especially have to break through on the road, where they keep dropping games they could have won. It is certainly all interrelated. There is still time to make a run for the division, with none of the other NFC East teams exactly burning things up. But it really all falls on them. While the Dallas Cowboys have had some struggles at times, one player that has been nothing but excellent all season is cornerback Byron Jones.What is somewhat amazing is that he was a safety his first three years in the league. Now, under new passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard, he has been moved to his best position. Given the way he is playing as a corner, you have to ask the question: What in the world were the Cowboys thinking when they made him a safety? Our own Tom Ryle and Michael Strawn have some thoughts on that.Tom: For me, this looks a lot like one of those “desperate times call for desperate measures” things. Remember, when he came into the league, the starting corners for the Cowboys were Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, with Orlando Scandrick as the nickel corner. This was before the team realized they needed better solutions there. Jones saw some work as both a corner and safety that season, but the need was just greater at safety. He would continue in that role the next two years as the team added Anthony Brown, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis which allowed them to move on from Carr, Claiborne, and Scandrick. Now Richard has put him where he is best, for which we should all be grateful. But I think it is not really correct to say the team made a huge mistake using him primarily as a safety to start his career in Dallas. They were trying to put together the best secondary they could. They just saw a bigger need for Jones at safety.Michael: I do remember when Jones was drafted there was hope the Cowboys had finally drafted a quality safety. And yes, there was more need at that position than cornerback at the time.But here’s what I find shocking. Kris Richard declared Jones a cornerback without needing a single practice or OTA. He knew Jones was a better CB than safety before he arrived.Which means he understood Jones’ strengths and weaknesses better than the Cowboys’ brass. Remember, by the end of 2017 Jones had been demoted from the starting team in favor of Kavon Frazier Womens Antwaun Woods Jersey , while the team was struggling to cover outside receivers.In short, the Cowboys has an elite cover corner playing backup safety.Tom: Well, that was one of the reasons they hired Richard, to come in and make the best use of the personnel they have. Given the heavy investment in defensive backs in 2017, it was fairly clear they wouldn’t feel a lot of pressure to add a lot of new talent there, which made all the Earl Thomas furor a bit puzzling (at least to me). Maybe some of the blame should go on Jerome Henderson for not properly utilizing his players. But that is all in hindsight. A look at the rosters Jones’ first three years with the Cowboys shows more talent at corner – at least if all you have to go on are the previous seasons. That is the problem with holding the team to this kind of standard. We have knowledge and data that they did not at the time. They had that hole to fill, and they found a way to. Don’t forget that he played both positions in college, too. Now they have made a better decision, and it still took a bit of a leap, because safety was once again seen as a weakness coming into this season. Had things not worked out so well with Jones this year, or if the safeties had really fallen apart, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.Michael: One has to wonder what Richard saw that the Cowboys’ coaches didn’t? It’s particularly bothersome in two ways. One, the most valuable asset in the NFL is a high quality player playing on his rookie contract. The Cowboys almost certainly should have gotten more from Jones than they did during his first three years in the league. Second, the staff seems to struggle mightily evaluating their own talent and where they should play. Recall the attempt to make Chaz Green a guard last season. Recall the team anointing La’el Collins the starting LG in 2016 and everyone finding out Ronald Leary was a better player only after Collins was injured. Tyrone Crawford has been moved so many times to this day no one knows if he’s an end or a tackle. There’s already talk about Taco Charlton moving to tackle.The emphasis the team puts on position flex seems to harm them more often than benefit. Perhaps Richard being here and other coaches not is an indication they recognized their weakness. But from Jerry and Stephen to Will McClay to Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli, they simply blew it with Jones.Tom: Position flex is something the team seems to get a little too wrapped up in. But at the same time, it can be a necessity. One of the players you mentioned, Tyrone Crawford, has been very valuable because of that. He is probably never going to be a star as either an end or a tackle – but he is a very solid player at both, and probably is underappreciated by many.Still, there are the outright failures like the (shudder) Chaz Green fiasco. Clearly, though, Jones does not fall into that category. He may have been just as stellar as a corner from the start. But we really don’t know. If they had it to do over again, he probably would have gotten the chance. It has taken Richard’s arrival to get it all straight. Again, that is part of why he is here and Henderson no longer is. Yes, they could have done better. But that group of names on the staff you mentioned have gotten a lot right in the recent past. I just don’t see using Jones at safety as being the major failure so many do.Michael: I’m not saying the staff is a failure; they’ve done lots more right than wrong in my opinion. But they’re not perfect. If I were a member of the brain-trust, I’d be sitting everyone down and saying “what did we miss here? Why didn’t we see what others saw? And are we making the same mistake with others?” In fact, I’d be real curious if during the interview process Richard didn’t come right out and tell them they had an undiscovered gem on the roster. It’s certainly true they made the right decision this year. Because the reality this could have been even worse. Imagine the team kept Jones at safety. Imagine him still playing there with Jourdan Lewis and Awuzie and Brown as the starting corners. Imagine Jones had another mediocre year at safety and the Cowboys let him enter free agency. Where he then signed some unnoticed, mid-level deal with another team and then thrived as a cornerback. Now that would have been disastrous. Custom Houston Texans Jerseys

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