The Cowboys are headed into the 2013 offseason with a lot to prove in the coming year. Though this is certainly nothing new for the entire franchise, times are getting tighter and the blame is becoming broader. Jason Garrett managed to avoid the axe after losing his second straight win-or-go-home season-ending game in a row. The blame was mostly shouldered by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was fired almost immediately after the season ended.
Since then, owner/general manager Jerry Jones has revamped the coaching staff by bringing in Monte Kiffin, who was defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 12 years (winning Super Bowl XXXVII). In addition to that hire Jones has also brought in former Tampa Bay assistants Rod Marinelli and Rich Bisaccia for defensive line coach and special teams coordinator, respectively. Furthermore, the Kiffin hire means that the Cowboys will be switching to the 4-3 defense after having run a 3-4 since the Bill Parcells era.
Here are the 5 pressing needs for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason:
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Jets Owner Woody Johnson Is About To Make the Biggest Mistake Since, Well... Since Trading for Tim Tebow
The New York Jets are coming off an incredibly disappointing season in which Rex Ryan’s crew finished with its worst record in his tenure as head coach. His 2009 hiring prompted an immediate revival of the franchise, as Ryan led the Jets to two back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in his first 2 years. Then, 2011 saw the team uncharacteristically regress to 8-8 before completely falling apart this last season, finishing 6-10.
It’s interesting, the way the Jets are handled in the media. It’s a team that has never had solid play at the quarterback position in this Rex Ryan era. Former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (now with the Rams) did a very good job at coaching QB Mark Sanchez to make as few mistakes as possible, but he obviously bolted after 2011 because he might have seen the writing on the wall.
The Dallas Cowboys are more than likely going to retain embattled quarterback Tony Romo. There are numerous reasons for this. To begin with, because it certainly is the biggest reason, owner Jerry Jones is vocal about his commitment to Romo. His son Stephen, who is in line to inherit complete control of the franchise, agrees with him and they both firmly believe that Tony Romo will win a Super Bowl as a Dallas Cowboy and truly be worthy of his lofty career stats. Another reason Romo is likely to be kept on is the fact that, yes... he has pretty good regular season stats. He threw more than 3 interceptions twice this year but managed to close out the season with "only" 19 interceptions, which tied him with Drew Brees for most in the NFL in 2012. At midseason though, he was on pace for 26 interceptions, so he managed to clean up his act on the stat sheet.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Preview And Where To Watch Online: As Robert Griffin III Goes, So Goes the Division
The NFC East division will be decided in the very last game of the final week of the regular season. Sunday night in Washington America will see two fairly desperate quarterbacks give it all they have to advance to the postseason.
For the Cowboys it’s a matter of proving themselves and making it back to the postseason. Tony Romo can shed so much of the weight on his shoulders by beating the Redskins, and even more if he were to win a playoff game. The team has developed a reputation over the last few years of completely giving it away every December, but they haven’t really done that so far this season.
New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview And Where To Watch Online: The "Sean Payton Bowl" Could Be a Monster Shootout
Week 15 sees two under-achieving teams coming together under two completely different circumstances.
New Orleans has long been considered a throwaway for 2012 because head coach Sean Payton sort of poisoned the well with his selection of replacement coaches. The Saints have struggled almost all season, but last week they absolutely destroyed division rival Tampa Bay 41-0.