Jerry Jones is in the process of interviewing Todd Bowles as we type. Let's talk about the "coaching search" and anything else that's on your Cowboys minds.
Why would The Cowboys NOT look at Mike Singletary as DC ?
Why would the Cowboys look at Mike Singletary as defensive coordinator? He's never been a coordinator before.
If the staff is let go from Miami, would Mike Nolan be a good fit for DC? Would Jerry even be interested in him?
Mike Nolan is a name that would make a lot of sense. He's a 3-4 guy with a great track record. I believe his father and Jason Garrett's father actually worked together with the Cowboys back in the day. Todd Bowles, who worked with Nolan in Miami last season, is also a good defensive coordinator candidate. The defensive backs he coached in Dallas have a ton of respect for him.
Since it seems like Roy Williams is gone. Where do you think we search for a replacement. Draft? FA? or increase a players role on the roster?
Draft a receiver in the middle rounds to compete with Kevin Ogletree for the No. 3 role. Maybe sign a bargain free agent. It's not that hard to replace 35 catches per year.
With the 18 game schedule on the table for next year, do you think that will make older players a liability? Guys like Terence Newman, Keith Brooking and Marc Colombo all battled injuries in the later part of this years 16 game season and I can only imagine the toll 18 games plus the playoffs would take on them.
That's a legitimate concern. There is also a chance that none of those guys will be on the roster next season.
Do the Cowboys think that Brent can start at NT?
I haven't heard anyone put it that definitively. But they do believe that Brent was a nice find as a supplemental seventh-round pick. I'd be surprised if they just appointed him the starter next season, but if Jay Ratliff moves to DE, I could see Brent getting a legitimate chance to compete for the job with somebody the Cowboys either sign or draft.
feel that jerry is 100 percent likely to trade down from 9th in the draft do you agree?
I'd say that it is certainly a possibility, but you can't call it a sure thing. It depends on which players are available when the Cowboys go on the clock. It's not like they were determined to trade down in the second round a couple of years ago. They wanted to draft Oregon G/C Max Unger, but the Seahawks traded up to get him a couple of picks earlier. Then Jerry decided to trade down because there weren't any value picks available on the Cowboys' board.
Do you have any idea what Jerry is waiting for before naming Jason Garrett head coach? I agree we need a top notch defensive coordinator. Dave Camp must go, our DB's looked as confused as poor ole Dave did when he was head coach. I've never seen a secondary so out of position on almost every pass play.
I believe this is just a case of Jerry following the letter and spirit of the Rooney Rule beyond a reasonable doubt. It also could be beneficial to bring Todd Bowles in for an interview to discuss defensive philosophy. Bowles is technically interviewing for the head coach gig, but he's also a defensive coordinator candidate. With the uncertainty in Miami, it's a good bet that Bowles will be available for that job.
Would the Cowboys consider bringing back Sparano if he is fired from Miami? He is familiar with the players and a disciplinarian would do some good.
I think Sparano would be a phenomenal hire for the Cowboys. However, I'm not so sure he'd be interested in the job. Jason Garrett has made it clear that he will continue to call plays. My hunch is that Sparano won't take a job without play-calling responsibilities.
Heard a rumor the Cowboys had planned to interview Winston Moss who is th AHC/LB coach for the Packers. Seemed it was kind of like the Todd Bowles interview, more for the D coordinator job than the HC, hear anything like that?
Calvin Watkins mentioned Winston Moss' name the other day as a possibility. That was before Bowles' interview was scheduled. I don't believe an interview with Moss in the Jerry's plans at this point.
will J Jones at least call Gruden or Harbaugh? I think he owes it to us fans.
Doesn't look like that's going to happen. An argument could be made that it's evidence that Jerry didn't really do his due diligence. However, a counter-argument can be made that the Cowboys need to act quickly to hire Garrett instead of risking him going elsewhere.
Dennis Thurman for D Coordinator....that's IF he has an interest in being more than a secondary coach at some point.
That is an interesting thought, especially given his experience under Rex Ryan. But I think the Cowboys' defensive coordinator will either have significant DC experience or will have worked under Jerry/with Garrett like Bowles did.
We need Gruden or a big name coach Garrett is not the answer his play calling is awful how long do you garrett will last?
I've been criticial of Garrett's play-calling in the past, but it's silly to describe it as awful. And I think it actually improved as a head coach, when he relied on the run more. Look at the stats from the seven games with Kitna as QB and Garrett as head coach. Don't have the exact numbers handy, but expand them for a full season, and the Cowboys would have ranked second in scoring and third in total offense in the NFL.
Hey Tim, why do you think Jason Garret called a whole different offense after he became head coach? It seems like he wouldn't run the ball until after Wade was fired, then when he took over he got back to running the ball a lot and the Cowboys started to win games. Thanks!
I think there are two factors: 1) Being a head coach forced him to take more of a big-picture view with his play-calling. 2) The Cowboys ran the ball better in the last half of the season because Garrett made practices more physical. When you run better, you run more.
Tim, What are your thoughts on AOA, can he fill the teams needes at safety and if so what are his skill sets better suited for; strong or free safety?
He's more of a free safety. He played a lot of corner in college and has good ball skills and great speed. But he's a project who basically redshirted as a rookie. The Cowboys can't count on him to compete for a job next season.
Don't forget Garrett helped the Cowboys go 1-7 to start the season.
That's true, but he earned the job by immediately changing the culture at Valley Ranch and going 5-3 with the same team in the second half of the season.
Which of the free agent or trade possibilities for safety....OJ Atogwe, Antoine Bethea, Eric Weddle, Quinten Mickell, Bob Sanders (release), Donte Whitner (trade) would you go after and or pair up together?
Atogwe is the guy that stands out on that list to me, but the Cowboys didn't like him enough to consider signing him last offseason. Bethea, Weddle and Mikell are also solid safeties. Whitner has been a bust in Buffalo. Sanders just can't stay healthy, but he'd be worth taking a risk on in a make-good contract if he'd accept it.
Everyone is saying Dallas only lost 3 games by 7 points total. I grant it we should not have lost the game to the saints but does it seem to bother anyone that dallas did not win those games by a lot either.
It bothers Jason Garrett. One thing he pointed out Monday is that he wants his team to develop more mental toughness, poise and discipline to be able to succeed consistently in those situations.
if we stay at the 9th pick...who do you see? OL DE or CB?
Who is available after the first eight picks? I can't see the Cowboys passing on one of the top two corners (LSU's Patrick Peterson and Nebraska's Prince A.). Based on the experts' rankings, there isn't an OL considered a top-10 pick right now. That's one reason why it might make sense for the Cowboys to trade down.
Tim do you think the Cowboys should draft a QB in the later rounds to beef up competition or keep working with the unfinished product Stephen McGee?
McGee showed enough in the last two games to merit more time. But, if there's a QB the Cowboys consider a steal in the late rounds, they shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. There's no NFL rule against keeping four quarterbacks.
Tim, Given our need for quality offensive linemen, why hasn't there been any talk about drafting Mike Pouncey? I would think the success of his twin brother is a good indication that he would do very well. He would be able to come in and play G right away and eventually move to C as Gurode phases out. Your thoughts??
That's a guy I'm sure the Cowboys scouting department will spend a lot of time studying. He'll probably go in the latter half of the first round, so maybe he's a trade-down target.
Ok if Cowboys can sign Logan Mankins, draft a RT in the early rounds and focus on DLine and secondary for the rest of the draft, I don't see why we wouldn't be a SB contender as soon as 2011.
Not sure Jerry will be willing to pay what it takes to sign Logan Mankins. He has said several times that he wants to get away from plugging holes on the OL with high-priced free agents.
would it be possible to talk to the greatest coach we ever had (responsible for the hershel walker trade) and bring him in as a consultant as far as drafting and trading and evaluating talent. or something. maybe he has some ideas as to fixing this shipwreck
Well, Tom Landry wasn't responsible for the Herschel deal. And he's not available for earthly conversations these days. So, no, the Cowboys can't talk to the greatest coach in franchise history. If you were referring to Jimmy Johnson, he's somebody whose brain has been picked by Jason Garrett in the recent past and probably will be again in the near future.
Can Pasqualoni remain as a position coach? I'm not sure he is a good enough coordinator but he is an asset somewhere else.
Agreed. I expect Pasqualoni to be on the staff next season, just not sure what his role will be.
How high of a draft pick do you think the Cowboys could get for Tashard Choice? Since Marion Barber is already signed for a few more years and Choice will be entering last year of contract, it might be smart to trade Choice while his value is still relatively high. Barber was successful in a closer role before, and if he's willing to take on that role again with Felix Jones as the lead back.. it might make some sense.
I disagree. It makes sense to cut Marion Barber, which would save $2.75 million of cap space.
Gotta go, folks. Thanks for all the questions.