Following a Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory, there are some good things for the Dallas Cowboys to come out of it.
It was a nightmare for every Cowboys fan watching the Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots Super Bowl. It was even worse when the Eagles won. It may not be ideal, but there is some good to come of this.
For the Dallas Cowboys the positives may be murky at first, but the Eagles win was not so bad when you really think about it.
The first good to come out of the game was just how bad the NFL has screwed up. While it wont fix past errors, we all learned that the NFL has zero clue what a catch actually is. Before this game, the NFL announced it would look at the catch rule and try to define it better.
After Zack Ertz had an almost identical play as Dez, with the identical ref, but this time ruled a catch, I heard Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere screaming at their televisions.
Sure, it won’t go back and fix the Dez Bryant catch, and for Pittsburgh fans, the Jesse James catch, but at least the NFL knows it has a problem. There is zero explanation that can ease what fans saw Sunday night, but knowing the NFL will be trying to define a catch can only help moving forward. Sure, the NFL could still get it wrong, but if anything, this game showed the obvious problems are being fixed.
The next good thing to come out of this, hopefully in this case, is Jerry Jones will see just how weak this coaching staff really is. I have been one of the few people who has been down on Jason Garrett just about his entire coaching career. If this win shows anything it is the problems this staff has. While it may not get a new coach this season, the hot seat for Garrett could not be hotter than it is right now.
Doug Pederson, a second year coach, recently said playing safe gets you an 8-8 record. I have been screaming since Garrett took over he has zero killer instinct and plays too safe. After watching Pederson make some gutsy calls, it shows what Garrett needs to fix.
Another factor for the shade on Garrett is lack of adjustments. The Eagles lost their starting QB, offensive linemen, star linebacker, and more. None of it mattered at the end of the day. Instead, the coaching staff took the players they had and changed their gameplan and scheme to fit them. This has nothing to do with playcalling and everything to do with the inability of the Dallas Cowboys to have both depth and know how to use their depth.
The playcalling is more than just being safe. What Pederson did was get creative. Rub routes, pick plays, screens, just the entire playcalling for the Eagles were fresh, innovative, and fun. One thing Jason Garrett has believed is that if you execute basic plays, then you will win. While some of that is true, the NFL of today forces teams to get creative and change things up. No longer is it the era of Jimmy Johnson and simply having better players than the next team.
Instead of just harping on how bad Jason Garrett is, let’s move on to the last good thing to come out of the Eagles win.
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The Eagles had a pretty easy schedule this season all things considered. Since the Cowboys finished second this season, they will have an easier schedule next season (and the Eagles should have a harder one).
While the NFL is quite fluid, it can change depending on free agency and the draft. However, it should still be harder for the Eagles next season.
The last positive we can all hang our hats on is that Philadelphia showed that it is possible to correct problems fairly quickly.
Now, we all know Jerry Jones is the GM and recently the Cowboys have not wanted to upgrade their team much in free agency. However, it was not long ago the Eagles were a struggling team in their own right. It took about two or three years and the Eagles went from laughing stock to Super Bowl champs.
Hopefully, the Dallas Cowboys and the top brass were watching the Super Bowl and learned something. Maybe Jerry Jones saw that free agency isn’t a bad thing at all if done right. Possibly, the NFL will fix the problems it has with its own rules. These are all things we can be positive about.