Sunday, February 02, 2020

The Original Franchise Rankings - Spring 2002

Right after Super Bowl 36, I decided to start this project. 19 seasons later, it is sort of fun to look back at the first version. I have cleaned up the math a few times, but this was the original project below:




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Looking ahead to Mike Nolan’s Cowboys tenure and closing the book on the Richard Report

 Posted: Jan. 21, 2020

The Athletic post: https://theathletic.com/1550427/2020/01/21/looking-ahead-to-mike-nolan-and-closing-the-book-on-the-richard-report/

It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks, and in all of the excitement and drama of the Cowboys “not firing” Jason Garrett and hiring Mike McCarthy — along with tentacles of both storylines growing all over the place — we never had a chance to have a good discussion about the defense.

This will hopefully suffice for now, as we take on the cause today with a look ahead and then close the book on what happened in 2019."

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Draft hindsight: Revisiting the Zeke vs. Ramsey/Henry debate with 2020 vision

 Posted: Jan. 15, 2020

The Athletic Link: https://theathletic.com/1535065/2020/01/15/draft-hindsight-revisiting-the-zeke-vs-ramsey-henry-debate-with-2020-vision/

"It happened again Saturday night on #CowboysTwitter, and I guess I just couldn’t resist. I know it is rather unfair, and at this point, we should probably let it go. But debate over the 2016 Cowboys draft — quite possibly the greatest in franchise history, mind you — was raging again.

That is because, despite how great the draft turned out to be, the decisions the Cowboys made in those first two rounds still strike many observers as good enough, but perhaps short of their full potential."


Monday, January 13, 2020

What does Cowboys’ 2020 shopping list look like, and could LSU-Clemson provide a preview?

 Posted: Jan. 13, 2020

The Athletic Link: https://theathletic.com/1530197/2020/01/13/what-does-cowboys-2020-shopping-list-look-like-and-could-lsu-clemson-provide-a-preview/

"The Cowboys have so much on their plate right now that they can barely stop to eat. They have to be in Mobile in one week but are assembling and building a brand new coaching staff, evaluating the roster (so they know what they don’t have) and surely looking at their own extensive list of free agents internally to realize that there is plenty of work to do. There are so many questions to ask about what schemes they are leaning towards on both sides of the ball and other internal decisions that will shape every question being thrown at them. The proverbial treadmill has been turned to the top speed as Mike McCarthy and his new band of men try to catch up in the blink of an eye."

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mike McCarthy is scrambling to assemble a coaching staff. Here’s why it matters so much

 Posted: Jan. 10, 2020

The Athletic Link: https://theathletic.com/1524919/2020/01/10/mike-mccarthy-is-scrambling-to-assemble-a-coaching-staff-heres-why-it-matters-so-much/ 

"The NFL has made documentaries on many topics over the years, many of which have uncovered a reality we were unaware of about how things go behind the scenes. Yet, to the best of my knowledge, one particular topic remains relatively undocumented: the wild race at the end of each season for all of the hundreds of aspiring coaches to find spots in the league before the final positions are filled. In order to work your way up the coaching ladder, you first need a spot on the ladder."

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Cowboys hire the best coach available: A comprehensive breakdown of Mike McCarthy’s fit in Dallas

 Posted: Jan. 7, 2020

"I witnessed every single snap of the Mike McCarthy era in Green Bay. It isn’t often that the two teams that I follow most closely in the NFL overlap, but this is probably the most significant one in a long, long time (no disrespect to Randall Cobb intended). They have one of the most historic and intense rivalries in the entire sport, and given that I was born in Wisconsin and raised on Packers football only to eventually earn a job following the Cowboys for a living in 1998, I may be in a unique position."

The Athletic Link: https://theathletic.com/1514641/2020/01/07/cowboys-hire-the-best-coach-available-a-comprehensive-breakdown-of-mike-mccarthys-fit-in-dallas/ 

Friday, January 03, 2020

Friday Cowboys Riffing: Why haven’t Joneses officially parted ways with Garrett; who could candidates be?

 Posted: Jan. 3, 2020

"But should we feel surprised that this is how Jerry Jones conducts his business? Should anything from these 25 years of football wilderness feel like some shock or plot twist we are unprepared for?"

The Athletic Link: https://theathletic.com/1506552/2020/01/03/friday-cowboys-riffing-why-havent-joneses-officially-parted-ways-with-garrett-and-who-could-candidates-be/ 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Despite doomed 2019, here's why Cowboy's historic offense provides hope for the future

 Posted: Dec. 31, 2019

"The 2019 Dallas Cowboys season was an unmitigated failure. We now know this all too well. We just don’t know exactly why. We have attempted to peel back the onion enough to give everyone theories, but honestly, some are flat-out ridiculous. Others hold some water, but not all of them. This is a complex sport, and when you try to perform an autopsy on the death of a talented and promising group of players, you can also get caught chasing your tail in search of the answers."

Athletic link: https://theathletic.com/1499568/2019/12/31/despite-doomed-2019-heres-why-cowboys-historic-offense-provides-hope-for-the-future/

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Morning After: Cowboys Fade to Black in 2019. It's Time for a New Script.

Link:https://theathletic.com/1496640/2019/12/30/the-morning-after-cowboys-fade-to-black-in-2019-its-time-for-a-new-script/


Cowboys win finale, 47 - 16 over WAS

Final record: 8-8 (2nd in NFC East)


Fun (depressing) stats noted in this piece:

  • Dallas has not put back-to-back 10-win seasons since 1996

  • Back-to-back playoff berths: 1998 - 1999 and 2006 - 2007; both cases, lost first playoff game

  • Garrett (pre-firing) presided over nine full seasons as Cowboys head coach and missed the playoffs six times - including in his first, second, and third year


Jerry Jones quote following season-finale:

I always start [with myself]. When you work for yourself, you have to evaluate and you have to change what you’re doing. You don’t fire yourself. That’s an impossibility. You look at what you can do better and you go do it better it you can.