Changes are coming with the Dallas Cowboys. In the midst of a three-game losing streak, frustration is increasing in Dallas. To try to rectify the problem, the Cowboys are making adjustments.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys are releasing seldom-used running back Darren McFadden.
On the defensive end, the team is demoting cornerback Anthony Brown in favor of their rookie corners. Brown might not be the only fall guy in the secondary. The Cowboys are even considering a change at safety, via Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram.
In addition, Dallas will sign pass rusher Datone Jones, Rapoport noted.
That is not all. According to Rapoport, there is a growing sense of dissatisfaction in the Cowboys’ locker room. Players aren’t satisfied with the coaching staff. The lack of adaptation without left tackle Tyron Smith and a predictable game plan has players losing confidence in Jason Garrett and the team’s coaching staff. It escalated on Thursday when Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was calling out the Cowboys’ defense and blitzes during a 28-6 Thanksgiving Day drumming.
The Cowboys have endured injuries to some key players, Smith and linebacker Sean Lee being chief among them. Furthermore, Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott is suspended until Dec. 24. Some will say the absences of the three players is the root of the problem. Yet, Smith returned Thursday and the Cowboys still struggled. Lee should be back by Week 14 and Elliott on Christmas Eve.
Those three players definitely have a huge affect on the Cowboys, although the Cowboys’ failures are more complex than just Smith, Lee and Elliott being in and out of the lineup.
A vanilla game plan is a troublesome, and so is a lack of talent. Consequently, the Cowboys are dangerously close of being out of playoff contention.