Would Mike Shanahan Be a Good Fit for the Dallas Cowboys?
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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