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Dallas Cowboys ‘Four Horsemen’: What does coach Brian Schottenheimer expect from TEs? – CowboysCountry, Adam Schultz
New faces and new expectations.
The Dallas Cowboys tight end room has a relatively youthful look. After Dalton Schultz left via free agency to Houston Texaswill be the “tight end by committee” this season.
After serving as a Cowboys coaching analyst last season, new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says the tight space excites him when he talks about his new role.
“That room … was one of the things I was excited about,” Schottenheimer said. “Watched from a distance last year and looked at Jake [Ferguson] come in Fergie had the success he did Henny [Peyton Hendershot] … Sean McKeon didn’t get enough credit; he’s a really good football player.”
Offseason moves aren’t enough to satisfy everyone. But the worst?
The NFC East was quietly the best division in football last season. All four teams finished .500 or better, marking the first time since 2002 that three teams from the same division reached the divisional round of the playoffs, which is as far as the Dallas Cowboys have advanced since they last won it all in 1995.
Clearly motivated to change their luck, the Cowboys put the pedal to the metal in the offseason in regards to upgrading the roster.
The Cowboys had the worst offseason of the NFC East teams, as of PFF
Count each one.
Trust us, we’ve noticed. But, and I hate to break it to you and rain on your hate parade, we’re fine over here. Really, it’s not us, it’s you.
Because there are several things that remain true on this supposedly dark day:
The Dallas Cowboys are still America’s Team.
The Cowboys have won their last three Super Bowls in a row. No other team can say that.
The Cowboys are tied for second in total Super Bowl appearances with Steelers.
The Cowboys are tied for third in Super Bowl wins with 49ers.
His tape speaks for itself, Dan Quinn will put him on the field.
With the offseason practices — both OTAs and minicamps — all done for the Cowboys this offseason, there’s a longer break between now and the start of training camp, which begins July 24 in Oxnard.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions on the table at every position. Each day, we’ll take a deep dive into each spot on the pitch, analyzing the top matchups, key players and some bold predictions. Today we continue with the linebacker position.
What must go right: The Cowboys have the makings of a solid second line of defense here, which will obviously be driven to stop the run. In four of Dallas’ five regular-season losses in 2022, the team surrendered more than 150 rushing yards. Only twice in their 12 wins did the Cowboys do it. That means these linebackers have to make sure opponents simply can’t run wild.
Match to watch: Jabril Cox vs. DeMarvion Overshown: Overshown was the team’s third-round draft pick this year, but really this could be Cox vs. any of the young linebackers vying for playing time. Now in his third season, the team’s 2021 fourth-round pick has seen 87 percent of his snaps come on special teams. Needless to say, contributing more to the defense would benefit both Cox and the Cowboys.
Risk reward for more chances for balls to be picked off, but a more spread offense.
The Cowboys have not regularly utilized the middle of the field. Prescott’s most profitable passes have come down the sideline, while his performance up the middle is significantly below average.
Under Kellen Moore, the Cowboys often targeted the hard throws down the sideline. It fit his overall scheme and philosophy and was a way for Prescott to showcase his passing skills. These are the tough throws where average and below average QBs cannot survive.
Still, the most profitable parts of the field, mid-to-deep middle, are just begging to be utilized against split-safety looks. It’s not like the Cowboys didn’t try, it’s just the passes over the middle that typically require better personnel and more efficient play design.
Sumer Sports discovered that since these intermediates often take longer to develop (these are not all equal “go” routes), having time in the pocket is paramount.
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