Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys ring of honorees Larry Allen laughs with owner Jerry Jones (left) during a halftime ceremony against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Random Cowboys Musings: Larry Allen, Rob Ryan and Fake Drama

After an abundance of news last week, things slowed down for the Cowboys this week.  No big coaching signings or significant developments at all, really.  As we draw nearer to the Super Bowl, here are a few of my random thoughts about the Cowboys:

  • If Larry Allen isn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer, I’m not really sure who is.  The guy went to 10 Pro Bowls, has a Super Bowl ring, and was a true physical freak – as shown here.  I can’t see any way that he’ll get passed over, but it would be a true travesty if he did.  If you are interested, the dallascowboys.com did a 4 part series (1, 2, 3, 4) on Larry Allen that is worth a read.
  • Can we please get the offensive coaching staff positions finalized?  I think we know that Callahan will be doing the play calling, but I would really like them to move forward and get the staff solidified.  I am happy that the defensive and special teams staffs are completed, and I clearly want the Cowboys to do their due diligence, but rounding out the offensive staff would help move things forward for me at least.
  • There’s still a lot of talk about how Jerry Jones neutered Jason Garrett by undermining his responsibilities in play calling and the hiring of coaches.  I would really like someone to logically explain their theory on this, because I just don’t get it.  I think fellow Landry Hat columnist did a nice job running through Garrett’s connections to all of the incoming staff.  I also totally agree with his assertion that huge amount of the DFW sports media (particularly a couple of fellows over at ESPN Dallas  — my specification, not his) like to drum up fake drama in order to get the ever-valuable click.  Ultimately, I believe Jerry wants Jason Garrett to be a success in Dallas, because he realizes that he a talented coach with tons of potential.  I am genuinely optimistic and excited to see how he does as a “walk around” coach.
  •  I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or feel bad after hearing the Rob Ryan didn’t work out as the new Rams defensive coordinator.  I’ve heard a couple of different accounts about how everything went down, but ultimately his assertion that it would only take five minutes to get another job proved to be false.  Maybe he meant his next job would only last five minutes.  Yes, I know it’s a cheap shot.
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