If you haven't heard, the Denver Broncos have fired Mike Shanahan.
The one thing Denver has been known for is its excellent running game. (This year has been a statistical blip, as the Broncos greatly struggled while being forced to play their eighth-string running back.)
The problem is that he built those teams with very athletic, smaller offensive linemen and a zone blocking scheme. Meanwhile, the current Cowboys linemen are mammoths who struggle with the zone blocking running plays that are run by the Cowboys.
I am not sure if Shanahan could transfer his scheme to Dallas' current roster, but I love the thought of having a coach who sticks to the running game.
On defense Shanahan runs a 4-3, but he experimented with a 3-4 early in the season. The reason for going back to the 4-3 is because they didn't have the personnel that fit the 3-4 scheme, which resulted in a terrible defensive performance in 2008.
Then again, the Broncos were run over this year, no matter the defensive alignment they put out there.
Dallas has all the pieces for a 3-4, with studs like DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff.
In a perfect world, current coach Wade Phillips would take a lesser role as defensive coordinator. That is what he excels at, and it would keep the defensive strategy in place for 2009.
Shanahan is also a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach that could possibly calm down the circus that the Cowboys currently have going on.
Then we get to reality.
Would Jerry Jones want a guy like Shanahan, who had—and will most likely want—complete control over a team?
How about Bill Cowher? Or Bill Parcells? Or Jimmy Johnson?
No, and that is why Cowboy fans may in be for a few more years of disappointment.
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