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  1. that is correct. Im simply not convinced that i can look at just those games and feel like that is 100% my determining factor for his 2020 projections and what his best value will be. He did play more games in 2019 then just the second half lol. I'm not totally sure i follow the logic behind turning a blind eye to his overall production for the year. If you expect his targets and receptions to drop off drastically, then i think there is plenty of concern ahead. Its fair to wonder where his receptions land in 2020. I'm not totally sure yet as far as my feelings for Kupps targets and production. The loss of Cooks doesn't sway me negatively, that i know. I'd also like to see what the Rams pull from this deep WR draft ahead as well. So time will tell and we obviously have plenty of that ahead unfortunately
  2. i think its wise to assume the TD numbers are coming down. But I'm not totally sure i'd say he's TD dependent. Receptions was top 9 across the league and targets where top 15 or so i believe. Catch % is healthy as well. It will be interesting to see where he goes come draft time. Im not sure the Cooks departure does much for me either way though TBH. Cooks wasn't good last year no matter how you slice it. I still expect Kupp to be a go to target for this offense, along with Woods.
  3. Free agency has me climbing back on the saddle and ready to ride! lol.
  4. just fade Amari on the road, thats all Good grab by Philly for sure, IMO
  5. Good thoughts here and this part of Dak's game and its either continued improvement or not will be key to his overall ceiling. I think he did throw a better deep ball at times this year and Kellon let this offense uncork it a bit more then recent years. Dak's Y/A has gone up in consecutive years from 6, to 7 to 8.2 in 2019. So i believe he's pushing the ball more then he was previously before Kellon took over. But Dak's reads and his overall ability to throw guys open is something he will need to improve upon and you said it well here. Even the high drop totals partly fall on Dak no doubt about it. I think he's still a bit risk averse as well from starting his NFL career in the Garrett led 12 personnel unimaginative BS that Dallas stuck with for far too long. I'm def very curious as to what Dak we see in 2020. Sounds like Dallas has their hands full though with his contract situation, so who knows whats to come i guess.
  6. I think us fans can all agree we all wish Garrett was gone years ago. But I'm not sure JG held Dak back at all in 2019, as far as his progression as a player. If anything, JG/Kellon finally opened it up a bit offensively. Many times to their own detriment That being said, with the clear flaws in Dak's game that i've seen in his career so far, i told myself my main thing i had to see from Dak in 2019 was definite improvement. IMO, i got that pretty clearly. Most importantly, his footwork, release, and reads improved. I think he still needs to work more on his reads and throwing to WR's open, but there is no doubt his footwork and release changed and improved. We can thank John Kitna and even Kellon Moore for a lot of that. (Sure wish Kitna would have stuck around). I'm not ever going to be convinced that Dak is going to be an elite QB, which I'm sure you will agree with. But i do believe he's improving and showing me enough to the point i know this team can win a lot of games with Dak under center, AND capable coaching. Dak improved statistically across the board in every category, except a dip from 67% comp to 65%. Let's also not forget Dallas leading the league in drops. WR's flat out have to get and do better. I remember watching Russell Wilson early on go on a similar career arc such as we see with Dak. NO ONE FREAK OUT!!! I'm not saying Dak is Russ, he's not. I think Russ throws one of the best balls in the game honestly. But the fact remains, his numbers are similar to Dak's and Russ simply continued to improve. I think Dak continues to improve and I'm of the belief you can win games with this guy under center. I think i'd like to see Dak signed to a 5/6 year deal at around 35 per. Where the guaranteed money falls will be the real kicker of it all. If Dallas doesn't want to pay Dak that per year and offer the extension, then i simply don't know exactly what they want to be or attempt to do in what i consider a window of winning opportunity. If Dallas screwed up anywhere recently, its two things: they should have paid/extended Cooper the year the traded for him 2.) They shouldn't have paid Zeke
  7. Cool thread for fans of the Boss. The album Nebraska sure holds a special place for me. Its an album i like to reach back and listen to and IMO, its a fantastic piece of work by Bruce.
  8. You have not offended me. It wasn't my intent to come across the way. Seems like you got just as touchy here upon my request for someone to come on here and provide some actual content to their tongue and cheek tuck and run. Sorry if i misquoted you, but your attempt at tongue and cheek comes off pretty closely to the idea that you believe he sucks lol, and thats a fine opinion to have. I just got curious as to the why. There hasn't been much worth reading so far on this thread since the hire, thats for sure. I def need to lower my expectations. You figure i'd learn by now since i've been here awhile. Oh well. Onto the next one. Im not owed anything in here, you're correct about that. But that won't stop me from asking with the hope to generate some actual content worth reading and possibly discussing further. I almost got there. Seems like i rubbed you the wrong way to accomplish that idea though. You truly are the Threadkiller
  9. I can agree Jerry has been and is a problem. He simply meddles around too much. But I'm still trying to figure out how anyone looks at MM's coaching career and that being equal to a guy that "sucks"...... I guess Sean Peyton sucks too. Close to the same career record as a head coach, one SB.. Man, he stinks. MAYBE, Ted Thompson sucks. Just a thought. MM's departure was more then just him "sucking" as you say. This isn't a sexy flashy hire taking a huge risk with some unknown like Rhule, Riley, etc. So i get that its easy to call it gutless. But i have my own laundry list of items i could throw out with concern in regards to hiring just about every name i've seen possible for Dallas, before the hired MM. Dallas needed stability / accountability across the team and across the staff, from the top on down. So far: MM / Kellon Nolan Tomsula coaching DL Bones coaching Special teams This may all blow up in Dallas' face. Its possible. But i see a franchise and now a new HC in MM that is directly trying to go out and bring in a staff that directly addresses the big time failures in Dallas from the 19' season. Defense & LB's were horrid(Nolan), DLine underachieved all year(tomsula), and the Special teams was dead last or close to it in almost every statical category there is (See Bones coming in) Call it gutless, fine. But try and provide some sort of relevant substance along the way, or possibly even let us know what hire wouldn't have been gutless. So far, i see plenty of people in here lining up at the Dallas punching bag, but bringing a small arm to swing with.
  10. Its def a hire i honestly wasn't expecting lol. So I'm still sorting it out in my head as well and i can't deny, there are a few bad taste left in my mouth when i think back over what i can remember from MM's coaching tenor in GB. Im very curious as to how this staff looks when finished in full. Sounds like Nolan is coming on as DC. More to sort out lol. I don't LOVE this hire but i can't say i hate it either. Big offseason for Dallas ahead and with the coaching change I'm very interested in who comes back and who doesn't.
  11. Im not doing backflips over this hire either. Feels like a safe hire. I wanted to see them wait this out a bit longer and cast the net a bit wider across more NFL names. That being said, I'm still going to look at MM's entire body of work as a HC, not just the black eye spots and the dwindling of his final time in GB. Is this a sexy hire? of course not. But one thing i think MM brings to the table is HCing experience at the NFL level. I think he's also capable of fielding a decent NFL capable staff. Something i feared would be a major issue for guys like Rhule, Riley, Etc..... At the end of MM's time in GB, its no secret and even recently well documented that he was on the outs after butting heads with Ted Thompson. Rumor is MM was tired of TT sitting on his hands(cheapskate) each offseason and not attempting to acquire the talent MM felt he needed to continue to improve. Interestingly enough, they moved on from MM mid season in 18', then WOW!!!! TT goes out and spends in FA and IMO, does a great job getting that defense some serious help in FA. Now all the sudden Matt Lafluer is a thing (what on earth did Lafluer ever do well in TENN?)........maybe, just maybe MM was onto something. So while i get that this isn't an exciting hire in many ways. I think its a safe hire with a team that needs NFL HC leadership desperately, and it also needs one that can assist with going into an offseason with a ton of roster work construction with 26 FAs for Dallas. I did want to see a few NFL DC/OC's interviewed that are currently in the playoffs. But i also understand this hire by Jerry and Stephen. Some rumors floating that Kellon may remain as well. Which is interesting. Coaching and system changes can be difficult for QBs. See Matt Ryan for example. I would think Dak would push for Kellon and Kitna both to remain if possible. Just speculation though. Kellon may want to step out on his own and gain further experience. I think one day he becomes a nice coach in the league. He just needs more time.
  12. I expect this to be a week where Dallas tries to commit heavily to the run game with Zeke/Pollard. This is December football on the road and Zeke has averaged around 160+ scrimmage yards in his career so far vs Philly. Dallas is also 5-0 when Zeke has played vs Philly. (Not that it matters much this week). Couple that with Dak's shoulder issue and the OL coming off their strongest game of the season, Kellon should have this team on Zeke's back with Dak dinking and dunking underneath to move the chains as needed. I'd like to think they would want to expose and take advantage of the terrible Philly secondary, but I'm not convinced Dak will be able to push the ball much this week. His first attempts to throw this week should come tomorrow from what i've followed this week. .....of course they are. This is a game for a playoff spot. I'd hope both teams come in beyond desperate for this W. I wouldn't expect anything less, TBH. This is the time of year you gut it out if possible. There is plenty of offseason ahead otherwise.
  13. .....he used to. When he thought the mega extension was basically a done deal. He's still waiting.
  14. interesting thought here. I can tell ya, this would be the first season i've heard this. I actually believe a lot of this is simply Dak's development as a player overall combined with a young OC trying to open things up with Kellon Moore behind the wheel for the first time. All i've heard for the past few years leading up to 19' for Dak is, he simply doesn't push the ball down the field nearly enough. Risk averse. His Y/A speak to this as well. I do agree, i believe he's trying to push the ball now more then ever. But I'm not sold its a ego driven stat padding idea overall. And if it is, he sure isn't very smart about it bc he's losing games by the week going that route. Dak hasn't played well for about three or four games now. But there is a lot that goes into this Sh*t storm that is the awful Dallas Cowboys. And I'm sure as most that are watching see, its simply a mess from the top right on down. Dak had zero issues getting the ball to Zeke in 18'. The numbers speak to it. Overall, i see a QB that's still raw and taking his lumps along his development. But i also can't deny i see improvement from Dak this year. His offseason work has shown through plenty in my eyes in regards to his feet and release. The problem is a combination of a few things at work here: a young OC that can't commit to the run. A defense that is bleeding points when they wake up each week. A team that is dead last in almost every statistical category for all special teams phases. They have the worst avg. starting field position of all the teams in the league. They don't create turnovers and they very rarely give the Dallas O a short field. (See the large total offensive yards this year) And worst overall, an absolutely lost HC and DC in Rod Marinelli. Combine that with Dak's short comings still as an overall player, this is the bed the Cowboys have made and get to sleep in.