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Blogging The Boys 40 mins ago
Changes to the 2021 NFL Combine put the pressure on Will McClay and scouts to perform

Changes to the 2021 NFL Combine put the pressure on Will McClay and scouts to perform

Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports With the NFL Combine format change the Cowboys must trust their scout's input more than ever. On the heels of the NFL announcing that there will be a change to the NFL Combine format this season, teams are going to be in for another year of guessing and trusting the tape on players like they did for the 2020 NFL Draft. This season, though, they will also have to deal with new challenges such as on-field workouts being conducted at pro days only, medical exams will be virtual while team doctors travel to the prospects campus for an in...
Blogging The Boys 2 hours ago
How to fix the Cowboys defense (part 1): Identifying the problem

How to fix the Cowboys defense (part 1): Identifying the problem

Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via What ails this Cowboys defense? It’s always a refreshing feeling to get a new coach. Good, bad, or indifferent, just the notion that big changes are coming is enough to get us fans excited about what lies ahead. The hire of new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn certainly seems like a good decision on the surface. Only time will tell if his tutelage will be what the doctor ordered to cure the Cowboys underperforming defense. Quinn will definitely have his hands full, but what exactly will he need to do to get this Cowboys defense...
Lone Star Ball 4 hours ago
2021 ZiPS Over/Under Poll: Leody Taveras

2021 ZiPS Over/Under Poll: Leody Taveras

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Will Leody Taveras put up an OPS over or under the 804 OPS ZiPS projects he will have in 2021? The 2021 Texas Rangers ZiPS projections are out at Fangraphs, and so it is time for our annual series of over/under polls. Over the next few weeks, we will take a Ranger player and ask whether you think he will put up an OPS in 2021 over or under the OPS projected for him by ZiPS, if he is a position player. For pitchers, we will be using ERA. Previous players covered: Nick Solak David Dahl Rougned Odor Jose Trevino Isiah Kiner-Falefa Joey Gallo Nate...
Blogging The Boys 5 hours ago
Eagles are reportedly interested in Cowboys special teams coach John Fassel as their head coach

Eagles are reportedly interested in Cowboys special teams coach John Fassel as their head coach

Photo by Harry How/ A division rival holds interest in the Cowboys special teams ace. There are effectively only two head coach openings left in the NFL at the moment as the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles are both still looking for someone to serve at the head of their franchises. It is expected that Dan Campbell, formerly of the Cowboys, will become the newest Detroit Lions head coach soon, but that remains unofficial. The Texans and Eagles are both organizations in the middle of some turmoil right now with both needing head coaches to help straighten out their...
Defending Big D 5 hours ago
Tuesday Links: The Rise of Heiskanen

Tuesday Links: The Rise of Heiskanen

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Miro Heiskanen is already a star in the NHL — what’s the next step for him? Plus, who will wear the ‘A’ in Seguin’s absence, early takeaways from the new season, and more. Typically when a skater still on their ELC is considered to be your best player, it’s because you’re not a very good team. Rarely can you make that claim when you’re a reigning Conference Champion, but that’s how it is with the Dallas Stars and Miro Heiskanen. Already a bona fide No. 1 defenseman, Heiskanen has exceeded every expectation the Stars...
Blogging The Boys 6 hours ago
Bears to interview Cowboys senior assistant defensive coach George Edwards for defensive coordinator

Bears to interview Cowboys senior assistant defensive coach George Edwards for defensive coordinator

Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via The Cowboys shuffle on their defensive coaching staff carries on. Once the Cowboys season ended, the coaching carousel on defense began. Mike McCarthy, with some heavy input from the Jones family, parted ways with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula followed. Dan Quinn was brought in to be the defensive coordinator and Joe Whitt Jr., who has past experience with both McCarthy and Quinn, assumed the role of secondary coach/passing game coordinator. During the time the Cowboys were looking for a new...
Defending Big D 6 hours ago
With A New Season Comes New Faces, On The Ice And Off

With A New Season Comes New Faces, On The Ice And Off

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Defending Big D welcomes a few new faces and says happy trails to a long-time friend. Defending Big D has been pretty lucky since its birth. We’ve had a number of editors, writers, and contributors that have rolled through here and have liked it enough to stick around for a few seasons. For as long as we have them, we’re #blessed to have a diverse set of voices to bring the news, analysis, and some lighthearted fun to talking about the Dallas Stars and fostering a community of fans here in this little space of the internet. But for...
Blogging The Boys 7 hours ago
How the Cowboys’ current roster fits Dan Quinn’s scheme

How the Cowboys’ current roster fits Dan Quinn’s scheme

Photo by Andy Lyons/ The Cowboys certainly have some work to do Since the Cowboys hired Dan Quinn to be their new defensive coordinator, we’ve taken an an in-depth look at both the front seven and coverage schemes that Quinn uses, as well as the ones defensive passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr., primarily uses. Now comes the most important part: how well does the current roster fit that kind of scheme? Quinn, like Mike Nolan before him, will naturally talk about shaping the scheme to fit the personnel, but every coach has their own preferences that override that...
The Smoking Cuban 8 hours ago

Dallas Mavericks: 5 unsolicited suggestions for coach Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks: 5 unsolicited suggestions for coach Rick Carlisle The Dallas Mavericks are lucky to have Rick Carlisle as their head coach. Contrary to what internet comment threads might suggest, his job is extremely hard and important in the NBA. A head coach has to draw up plays, come up with rotations, game-plan, manage the […] Dallas Mavericks: 5 unsolicited suggestions for coach Rick Carlisle - The Smoking Cuban - The Smoking Cuban - A Dallas Mavericks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Smoking Cuban 9 hours ago

Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis thrives in second game of back-to-back

Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis thrives in second game of back-to-back Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis missed the first nine games of the 2020-2021 season as he recovered from offseason knee surgery. The Unicorn is still finding his rhythm and working his way back to 100 percent. He answered a massive question on Monday night, though. Porzingis missed […] Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis thrives in second game of back-to-back - The Smoking Cuban - The Smoking Cuban - A Dallas Mavericks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blogging The Boys 11 hours ago
Cowboys news: Cowboys draft prospects and the new defensive scheme

Cowboys news: Cowboys draft prospects and the new defensive scheme

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Get your Tuesday Cowboys news here! Dallas Cowboys Draft: 6 possibilities to consider at pick 10 - Walter Sharp, Dallas Fort Worth A look at some possibilities for the Cowboys draft. Dallas Cowboys Draft Option No. 4 Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama Christian Barmore made a huge jump on the rankings of interior defensive lineman due to his play in the 2021 National Championship game. Barmore was all over the field and looked unstoppable at points. He is only a sophomore and has not played a lot of football in college but his...
The Smoking Cuban 18 hours ago

Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic struggles in road loss to Raptors

Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic struggles in road loss to Raptors Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is coming off a monster triple-double against the Bulls on Sunday night. It was his second straight triple-double and fourth time having over 30 points in his last six games. No player is hotter than Doncic right now. The Mavs traveled to Tampa […] Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic struggles in road loss to Raptors - The Smoking Cuban - The Smoking Cuban - A Dallas Mavericks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blogging The Boys 23 hours ago
Help wanted: The Cowboys need an upgrade at a critical spot on their defense

Help wanted: The Cowboys need an upgrade at a critical spot on their defense

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports If Dan Quinn’s new defensive scheme is to work, the Cowboys desperately need help at one position. As the Cowboys head into the offseason, Dan Quinn will bring his own style of defense to Dallas. This defense is not to unlike the defense the Cowboys ran previous to Mike Nolan, especially under Kris Richard. As has been laid out a few times on these pages, the Cowboys will be going to a Cover 3/Cover 1, single-high safety as their predominate coverage in the secondary. Obviously they will use other coverage schemes, but a single-high...
Blogging The Boys Jan 18, 2021
Hold off on the Mike McCarthy verdicts, Cowboys fans

Hold off on the Mike McCarthy verdicts, Cowboys fans

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Yes, the Packers are doing quite well without him. That doesn’t mean that he was the real problem in Green Bay. There are several reasons for this fanbase to be unhappy that the Green Bay Packers are going deep in the playoffs, after securing the number one seed in the NFC. Primarily because it isn’t the Dallas Cowboys, of course. We also have a bit of an aversion to seeing Aaron Rodgers doing so well after the times he crushed our own playoff runs. But, as R.J. Ochoa pointed out, mostly it is because the Packers have seen incredible success...
Blogging The Boys Jan 18, 2021
Breaking down the coverage schemes of Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

Breaking down the coverage schemes of Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Quinn and pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. have some work to do for the Cowboys. The Cowboys entered the 2020 season with a lot of question marks in their secondary and ended the year with about as many question marks. Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs and second-year safety Donovan Wilson stood out, but there wasn’t much else of note for the Cowboys’ defensive passing game. It’s part of the reason why newly hired defensive coordinator Dan Quinn brought in Joe Whitt Jr. to be his defensive passing game coordinator, a role he held for...

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