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Welcome to the 2018 DallasCowboys.com Writers' Blog, your daily resource for up-to-date news and notes.

 

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Editor’s Note: As the Cowboys continue to finalize their coaching staff, here’s an official look at several position coaches that have been in the news recently. Read

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(Editor’s Note: The 2017 Cowboys finished with a winning record, but they fell out of the playoffs in a disappointing follow-up to a 13-3 season. As the team seeks to find a way back to the postseason, the writers of DallasCowboys.com will look back at last year, picking a positive and a negative from all 16 games that might be something to either build on or correct as we head into the 2018 season.) Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The first round of the NFL playoffs not only provided some entertaining games, but likely gave the Cowboys and their fans added frustration as they sit on the outside looking in. Three opponents from the 2017 season played this past weekend, with the Falcons advancing to the divisional round. Read

This week, the DallasCowboys.com will try to answer some of the more pressing questions that surround this team, both looking forward and backward. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The first round of the NFL playoffs not only provided some entertaining games, but likely gave the Cowboys and their fans added frustration as they sit on the outside looking in. Three opponents from the 2017 season played this past weekend, with the Falcons advancing to the divisional round. Read

This week, the DallasCowboys.com will try to answer some of the more pressing questions that surround this team, both looking forward and backward. Read

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GARY DAVIS Read

FRESNO, CA Read

Every fan can argue about the competency of the offensive and defensive coordinators. Ups, downs, yada yada. But I’ll argue special teams had consistently been at the top of the league for the last 4-5 years. So how big of a deal is it really that Rich Bisaccia’s gone? Read

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FRISCO, Texas – As the Cowboys turn their attention forward to the 2018 season, the first big step in the process involves free agency. Before the team can really focus on players from other teams, they must decide on a few of their own guys with expiring contracts. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The Houston Texans don’t yet know who their next general manager will be – but it won’t be Will McClay. Read

McClay, the Cowboys’ vice president of pro personnel confirmed Wednesday that he had officially declined an offer to interview for the Texans’ vacancy. McClay’s name had been circulating as a possible candidate for the job since last week, when Rick Smith took a leave of absence due to personal reasons. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The first round of the NFL playoffs not only provided some entertaining games, but likely gave the Cowboys and their fans added frustration as they sit on the outside looking in. Three opponents from the 2017 season played this past weekend, with the Falcons advancing to the divisional round. Read

This week, the DallasCowboys.com will try to answer some of the more pressing questions that surround this team, both looking forward and backward. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – If it wasn’t widely-known by now, Jon Gruden said it himself on Tuesday afternoon. Read

In his introductory press conference as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach, Gruden confirmed that he has hired Rich Bisaccia to be his special teams coordinator during his second stint with the organization. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – It feels unusual to question one of the most rock-solid aspects of this Cowboys roster, but it’s hard not to wonder about Tyron Smith heading into 2018. Read

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LUTHER JOHNSON Read

PITTSBURGH, PA Read

Knowing that defenses win championships, in the 2016 NFL Draft would it have been better to draft Jalen Ramsey knowing now that he is playing well and have picked another suitable running back? The Cowboys have proven that any back (McFadden) can have a productive year. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The first round of the NFL playoffs not only provided some entertaining games, but likely gave the Cowboys and their fans added frustration as they sit on the outside looking in. Three opponents from the 2017 season played this past weekend, with the Falcons advancing to the divisional round. Read

This week, the DallasCowboys.com will try to answer some of the more pressing questions that surround this team, both looking forward and backward. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – While NFL clubs continue making hires for the coming year, the Cowboys aren’t concerned that Will McClay will be one of them. Read

Team executive vice president Stephen Jones appeared on 105.3 FM in Dallas on Monday morning, and the very first questioned directed his way was about McClay, the Cowboys’ highly-touted vice president of personnel. Read

McClay has been linked to the Houston Texans’ vacant general manager job in recent days, though Jones did not think he would ultimately leave the Cowboys’ organization. Read

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JIM WHATLEY Read

HENDERSON, TX Read

If there are good players available at each of the needed positions, with equal numbers on the board, which position do you pick first? Read

Bryan: It’s a good question, but if players have similar grades on the draft board they will go to what they call “The Stack.” That’s the order in which they’d take the players, regardless of position. I’d likely lean to LB first just from what I’ve seen so far.  Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The NFL Playoffs will begin this weekend without the Cowboys in the 12-team tournament to crown the next Super Bowl champion. Read

Ultimately, that was the team’s goal when training camp began more than five months ago. The Cowboys did secure their first back-to-back winning season since 2007, but their 9-7 record wasn’t enough to earn a wild-card spot. Read

Today, the DallasCowboys.com staff reflects on the ups and downs from a 2017 season that ended in disappointment:  Read

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This is the time when various All-Pro teams are being announced, along with the Pro Bowl selections that were already made last month. Read

At DallasCowboys.com, the staff writers formed their own list, with the annual All-Opponent Team, featuring the best players who faced the Cowboys, especially how they fared in the game against Dallas. Read

The Cowboys faced star players such as Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones and Tyreek Hill but none of them are on this list. It comes down to their performance against the Cowboys. Read

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JAY TAYLOR Read

STAFFORD, TX Read

What do you see the Cowboys doing to improve their defense next year? Any playmakers you see them trying to go after? Read

Bryan: Just getting started on this upcoming NFL Draft but there are several defensive players they could go after. A lot of that depends on the position you want to address? Really like what I have seen from the defensive line at both tackle spots and corner. Need to do further work on these linebackers because that’s the area of most concern. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – This is always a weird time of year for 62 percent of the NFL. Read

If you’re one of the 12 teams good enough to make the postseason, you’re gearing up for the excitement of the playoff run. If you’re anyone else, literally everything is up in the air. Read

You’re seeing it across the NFL landscape, as you do every year. Some teams are cleaning house, turning over front offices for a new regime. Some teams are simply looking for a shot in the arm, as they seek to make changes that will push them into the playoff picture in 2018. Read

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TIMOTHY REYES Read

BRADENTON, FL Read

I just read Carson Palmer is going to retire. Has anyone ever wondered, what if the Cowboys would have traded up to get him? I mean no disrespect to Terence Newman, he had a underrated career in Dallas. But how can you pass up a guy compares to Troy Aikman? Read