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The Dallas Cowboys have one of the hottest names in coaching under their supervision Dallas Cowboys Michael Jackson Jersey , secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard.Of course, Richard is more than that for the Cowboys. He’s essentially their defensive coordinator it’s just that Rod Marinelli’s office is the one that reads that in title. Dallas has handled things on that side of the ball a little unconventionally this season and its yielded some pretty impressive results. They’re about to play a playoff game for goodness sake.As a result of the impact he’s produced, Kris Richard is being considered by various NFL teams for their head coaching vacancies. So far we know that the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all have interest. For what it’s worth, the Cowboys play two of those in 2019 if you’re looking ahead.Staying in the moment, full disclosure here, my own personal opinion is that Kris Richard ends up leaving. It’s possible that Dallas offers him the defensive coordinator position in title with a Texas-sized raise to go along with it, but if you have the opportunity to be a head coach you take it. Obviously a lot of things go into that decision like, I don’t know, what Kris Richard wants in life, but speaking from a practical perspective I’d bet my bottom dollar that he’s elsewhere next season.It is definitely possible that Kris Richard stays with the Cowboys in 2019While I disagree Cheap Michael Jackson Youth Jersey , it’s easy to entertain the idea that Richard could choose not to leave the Cowboys because, well, anything is possible. Maybe he really likes what he’s got going on, maybe he doesn’t see any of the three teams mentioned as the right fit for him at this current point in time, there are any number of reasons why he could say no. We all know that.The “Jerry will just pay him to stay” argument hasn’t been one that I’ve bought myself but a lot of people have brought it up in these discussions. Yes, it’s true that Jason Garrett himself was a Cowboys coordinator who chose not to take a head coach job that he could have had and stayed in Dallas after getting a raise himself, but a head coaching job outweighs that in my mind. Head coaches aren’t paid poorly either.The Cowboys kept a defensive mind that teams liked before, very recently evenAn interesting perspective on this whole situation was raised by ESPN’s Jenna Laine who covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that are one of the teams interested in Richard. She notes what has been mentioned a lot in that the Cowboys do their best to keep those that they like around.What was particularly interesting was that Laine brought up somebody else that the Buccaneers have recently tried to lure away from the Cowboys, somebody who currently has the title that Kris Richard performs to a degree - Rod Marinelli.It feels like it’s been a while, but the days of Monte Kiffin as the team’s defensive coordinator with Rod Marinelli actually calling the shots weren’t too long ago. When that went down the Cowboys adjusted and managed to keep Marinelli in town, the very same is possible with Richard. The obvious difference in situations is that Marinelli was much older then than Richard is now, Richard is in the prime of his career versus the tail end of it.If the Cowboys are able to hold on to Kris Richard it makes sense that he’ll have received two things: a pay raise and the title of defensive coordinator. It seems extremely unlikely that he wouldn’t leave if offered a head coach position and that didn’t happen White Troy Aikman Jersey , but again anything is possible. The Buccaneers might not be a team that Richard fancies all too much but maybe the Jets or Dolphins are. We simply don’t know the way his mind works other than that it recognized the supreme talent of somebody like Byron Jones. The Dallas Cowboys are always looking for talent at defensive end, but what type of options will they have at the end of the second round of the NFL Draft? Here are three potential edge rushing candidates for pick 58."Quality players who can rush the quarterback are precious commodities in the NFL which is why the Cowboys are always looking out for them. The team has selected a defensive end in each of the last five drafts and with so much uncertainty with their current group, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they draft another one this year.The search to discover the Dallas Cowboys 58th overall pick continues today as we examine potential edge rushers that could fall to the team in the second round. On Monday, we identified three safety prospects and yesterday we looked at defensive tackles. Tomorrow, we finish it up with tight ends and then on Friday - we’ll put it all together to form a mini-board we can use as a checkoff list when the Day 2 of the draft rolls around.For this exercise, we are identifying a long-shot player (blue), a hold your breath player (green), and a reasonable chance player (yellow) that could be available at pick 58. Obviously it would be ideal if one the long-shot players somehow fell to Dallas. That would be the best case scenario, but it’s good to have backups in place as a contingency plan. With that said, here are three possible candidates (ranks courtesy of Dane Brugler’s top 100) at the defensive end position.Long shot...Jachai PoliteThere are six elite pass rushers that could end up coming off the board in the first 20 picks. It might even be seven had in not been for the risk involved with Florida Gators edge rusher Jachai Polite.Polite is a talented pass rusher who has a wide arsenal of moves to get to the quarterback. He has outstanding get-off and is extremely bendy to slide around the edge. He looks fast on tape and has great closing speed in pursuit of the ball. Polite is a great finisher as he led the nation with six forced fumbles.Polite is a little on the light side at just 258 pounds and will need to add some bulk. But keep in mind, DeMarcus Lawrence is the same height and entered the league even lighter at 251 pounds. His size means he can be pushed around when bigger linemen get their hands on him. Polite doesn’t have violent hands to shed blockers. And right now, he looks like his contribution is exclusive to rushing the quarterback so he has a lot of work to do in order to be a three-down player.There is some risk involved with a player like Polite. His character has come into question and he was even benched for a series last year for not meeting team standards. He’s definitely a guy the team would need to have in for a pre-draft visit to get a feel for what type of character they’re getting.Chances of being available at 58: Doubtful. It’s really hard to say with Polite and he reminds me a little of the Randy Gregory situation in terms of risk/reward. He could go late first or drop all the way until late second. Of course Troy Aikman Jersey 2019 , the Gregory situation has been a nightmare in terms of availability and the Cowboys may not want to go down that path again.He just might make it...D’Andre WalkerThe Georgia product is a talented pass rusher and is trending up. Despite not being a starter until his senior year, Walker put together a 7.5 sack season with 45 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss. He has good maneuverability to get around blockers. He plays with a relentless effort. And despite being just 251 pounds, he plays with good pad level and doesn’t get tossed around by offensive linemen. He has long arms to thwart blockers. Walker is a very strong run defender and reads plays quickly. With a good anchor and long reach, he’s able to abruptly close up the running lanes.Walker is more of a 3-4 outside linebacker, but we’re not putting too much stock in that as good edge rushers are good edge rushers. Still, he’s undersized and that will be a problem going against huge NFL tackles. He’s more of a straight-line pursuer and doesn’t change direction well. Walker also needs to refine his pass rushing technique, but that’s something that can come later. He might not be able to step in and produce right away, which is not really something you want to hear about the team’s first draft selection.Chances of being available at 58: Fair. He’s enough of a project to where it’s not hard seeing him fall that far.Good chance of being there...Jaylon FergusonThe Louisiana State edge rusher has been extremely productive throughout college career, recording an NCAA best 45 total sacks. Ferguson diagnoses plays quickly and has great lateral quickness. He has violent hands and uses them well to disengage from blockers. He uses his hand effectively to find weak spots in leverage and then will power through when he finds them. Ferguson uses a variety of different pass rushing moves to always keep his opponents guessing. He’s not a one-trick pony as his ability to read plays allows him to hit gaps and be productive stopping the run.So why is that college football’s all time leader in sacks would drop this low? Ferguson doesn’t explode off the line of scrimmage and his lack of bend limits hims effectiveness. He plays with too much of an upright style which will be taken advantage of at the next level. His lack of bend means he’s taking extra steps to get around the edge.Chances of being available at 58: Reasonable. Nobody is going to expect him to be the sack demon he was in college, but he should be a solid contributor to any defensive line.


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