Dallas Cowboys headlines: Lack of turnovers, franchise tag
A lack of turnovers, the franchise tag, hoisting the draft and the new offensive line coach are all hot topics in today’s Dallas Cowboys headlines.
There were a lot of reasons the Dallas Cowboys should have found more success in 2017. One of them is their much improved pass rush. But despite forcing 38.0 sacks last season, their defensive turnover total was still fairly disappointing. Why?
That’s just one of the hot topics surrounding the Cowboys that we’ll cover today in our newest edition of headlines.
The Cowboys’ biggest flaws last season and how to fix them – Dallas Morning News
One of the flaws mentioned in the the above articles is a lack of turnovers by Dallas. That’s despite the much improved pass rush provided mostly by defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Dallas had 21 takeaways in 2017, tied for 16th in the NFL. But they also only had 10 interceptions, tied for 24th. The lack of playmakers in the secondary is partially to blame.
2018 NFL franchise-tag primer: Eight most likely candidates – NFL.com
There seems to be a very good chance the Cowboys will use the franchise tag on pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence in the coming weeks, most likely as a stop-gap in order to buy more time in order to get a long term deal done.
With draft coming to AT&T Stadium, Cowboys-Eagles rivalry continues – ESPN.com
Expect the Cowboys to go all out when the NFL draft kicks off in late April. The three day event will be held in AT&T Stadium for the first time. And I’m fully expecting something amazing. The most anticipated moment? When the Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock in the first round and announce themselves the World Champs.
Travis Frederick: New position coach means “more tools in your toolbox” – Pro Football Talk
The Cowboys offensive line has been one of the scariest in the NFL for some time. With Paul Alexander now coaching the O-Line, how will things change? I wouldn’t expect anything major as this positional group is already stocked with high end, experienced talent.
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Dallas Cowboys free agency 2018: Top 5 targets – FanSided.com
One of the above targets is tight end. And I understand why fans are enamored by upgrading the position, I’m just unsure the Cowboys feel the same. Jason Witten is certainly getting older and slower. And both James Hanna and Geoff Swaim are in the final year of their respective deals in Dallas.
But the Cowboys obviously like Blake Jarwin, whom they promoted to the active roster last season to prevent other NFL teams from signing him away. And Rico Gathers was a touchdown magnet in the preseason. The position appears pretty secure to me, for this upcoming season at least.