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3 Moves Dallas Cowboys Should Make as Soon as Possible

Minor moves that should help the Cowboys become more productive.

As bad as the Dallas Cowboys have played at times through the first three games of the 2020 NFL season, there’s been a lot of good mixed in there as well. The offense is working with a patchwork offensive line, but still able to put enough points on the board to win games. Defensively they’re struggling, but surprisingly enough are showing signs of improvement.

If the Dallas Cowboys can quit self sabotaging themselves early in games and play from ahead rather than behind, they could be a force to be reckoned with. It’s all these penalties and mental mistakes hurting them the most right now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do a few things to make themselves better. In fact, I believe there are three moves they can make to do just that.

Let’s take a look…

Sign S Earl Thomas

Darian Thompson has had three weeks to prove himself a capable starter, but the only thing he’s proven so far is that he’s a liability in coverage. The Dallas Cowboys need to put an end to this experiment and go ahead and sign Earl Thomas to replace him as soon as possible. Thomas may not be what he once was, but he’s a heck of a lot more reliable than anything else the Cowboys have on the roster. With so many injuries at the cornerback position, Thomas’ presence on the backend could help solidify the Cowboys secondary.

Sign LB Darron Lee

The Dallas Cowboys LB play has been serviceable through the first three weeks the season, but if anything were to happen to either Joe Thomas or Jaylon Smith they’d be in some serious trouble. They have almost zero experience behind them, which is where Darron Lee comes into play. The former first-round New York Jets draft pick is currently serving a four-game suspension, but if signed would provide some much-needed depth in Week 5 and beyond. Relying on Leighton Vander Esch or Sean Lee to return healthy, or stay that way, would be unwise.

Reshuffle the Offensive Line

The Dallas Cowboys finished Week 3 with Brandon Knight (LT), Connor Williams (LG), Tyler Biadasz (C), Joe Looney (RG), and Zack Martin (RT) as their starting offensive line. They should stick with this starting five unless Tyron Smith is able to return this week. In that case, Smith steps back in as the starting LT with Martin returning to RG and Knight taking over at RT. Looney unfortunately becomes the odd man out because Biadasz proved to be the better player against the Seahawks. That’s a lot of moving parts, but probably the Cowboys best OL unit until La’el Collins returns, if he’s able to.

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. I really like the biadasz move to center. He may have some growing pains but I think he’s the best option. He was considered a first rd pick the year before he went back for his final yr of college that was thwarted with some injuries. So you know he’s talented. And he’s only gonna get better with game reps and building continuity and trust with the other linemen. What ever happened to McGovern? I haven’t heard his name at all lately. Initially thought he could unseat the other Connor at guard or even start at center.

    • McGovern is a mystery. It’s hard to know what he can do because last year he was injured and there was no preseason to see him in action this year. The Cowboys coaching staff only has practice reps to judge his starting potential.

  2. I am wondering the same thing; I thought Conner McGovern was supposed to be a good player, yet he is all but invisible. Conner Williams is definitely not the caliber of Zack Martin, and never will be. Once Collins and Smith are able to man the Tackle spots, maybe putting Joe Looney at Left Guard makes more sense than Williams. I don’t know. The Cowboys may want to look at making a trade.

    • McGovern is a mystery no doubt. No one but maybe the coaching staff knows what his potential is. I don’t think the Cowboys make a trade for another offensive lineman. I think they’ll stick with what they have. And truth be told, I think Connor Williams is better than Joe Looney.

  3. The refusal to sign Earl Thomas sounds more like a Mike McMurphy call than a Jerry Jones call. J.J. is always up for a splash signing.

    • I don’t know what the deal is with Earl Thomas, but the Dallas Cowboys are hardly the only team who don’t seem interested in signing him. With that in mind, it’s difficult to play the blame game.

    • He’s headed to Houston to work out, but as of yet he hasn’t put ink to paper. I’m sure you’d much rather play in Dallas than Houston if the Cowboys contacted him before he signs. So it’s not too late yet.

    • Jerry Jones isn’t the only one not signing Earl Thomas. He’s been a free agent for a while now and very few teams have even shown the slightest interest in him. There could be more to this we simply don’t know.

  4. I would be ok with the Darron Lee signing. Wonder why he is on suspension though? For sure we are thin at LB. Doubtful the coaching staff has confidence in March/Gifford/Bernard stepping into a starting role right now. And of course Lee can’t be depended on. The OL I think will shake out on it’s own.

  5. I SAID BEFORE THE FKIN SEASON STARTED THEY HAD TO SIGN EARL THOMAS & JAMAL ADAMS. THEY PASSED ON JAMAL LIKE IDIOTS. AFTER WEEK ONE I SAID THEY NEEDED EARL THOMAS & ERIC REID. THEY ARE GETTING FKIN TORCHED BY EVERY QB THEY PLAY. ITS AMAZING THESE COACHES GET PAID ALL THESE MILLIONS AS I SIT HERE IN MY OFFICE NOT EVEN IN THE SPORTS BUSINESS & TOLD YOU IGNORANT BITES OF COACHES AND FRONT OFFICE JOKES YOU GUYS ARE, THAT YOU HAD TO HAVE A SOLID SECONDARY COMING INTO THE YEAR OR YOU WOULD GET FRIED. BUT OH NO, ALL WE HEARD & HAVE STILL HEARD FOR WEEKS IS MOTHERFKIN THOMPSON & WOODS ARE THE MAN & THEY ARE THE SECOND COMING OF THE LEGION OF BOOM. THEY ARE THE SECOND COMING OF THE LEGION OF DOG SHT ! THEY NEED TO BE ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD & NOTHING MORE. WHOEVER CAN READ THIS THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE COWBOYS, MAKE SOMEONE THAT CAN MAKE THE CALL PICK UP THE GD PHONE RIGHT GD NOW & CALL EARL THOMAS, ONCE HE IS SIGNED THEN CALL & SIGN ERIC REID. DOING IT BY SIGN, SCAN & EMAIL. THEN SEND THE GD JET OR HELICOPTER OR WHATEVER FOR THEM & GET THEM INTO THE FOLD BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN ON FUIN DALLAS TEXAS THIS EVENING. ANYTHING ELSE WE WILL HAVE A LOSING RECORD & THE TEAM WILL BE WATCHING THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP FROM A DAMN SPORTS BAR INSTEAD OF PLAYING IN IT. I DONT CARE IF EARL THOMAS & ERIC REID BURN DALLAS TO THE GROUND & GET ARRESTED DAILY. WE NEED THEM RIGHT GD NOW & I MEAN RIGHT FUIN GD NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY NAME ISNT DEFENSE GURU BECAUSE IM FULL OF SHT & DONT KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT. HOPEFULLY EARL WILL PUNCH THOMPSON & WOODS SO HARD WHEN HE ARRIVES HE KNOCKS THEIR FU**IN TEETH OUT ! LITTLE WEAK PUNKS ! ILL DO IT FOR HIM IF I RUN INTO THEM !

  6. Stephen Jones & Mccarthy are both INCOMPETENT if they truly feel this way & so are the rest of the Cowboys coaching staff & brass. UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Call Earl or just forfeit the damn season already you idiots.

  7. U pretty much said it all Bro….This is the worst Defense i can remember seeing in the 45 years i have been following the Cowboys ….Jerry bring Doomsday Back and start with Earl Thomas …The secondary that is in place should be in a flag football league and.they would still get torched….

  8. EVAN FAUST…. So you know, Earl Thomas is NOT going to Houston!! Houston canceled the workout and are no longer interested in signing him!!

  9. We keep.saying Earl, dont get me wrong I love Earl but its not the right fit or the right piece we need!
    Dallas needs to make a gigantic statement trade that doesnt just scream we are all in on tbis season, BUT also/more importantly screams we are a monster & were gijng tl slaughter you!
    Heres 1 trade I think would be great for both teams as well as be preview of the future!!!

    Cowboys trade –
    CHIDO AWUZIE+TYRONE CRAWFORD+2022 4TH ROUNDER
    TO CARDINALS FOR
    PATRICK PETERSON + LB HASSON REDDICK

    (AWUZIE & REDDICK ON FINAL YEAR OF ROOKIE DEAL)
    (CRAWFORD WILL RESIGN FOR CHEAP & WAS USED JUST TO FREE SPACE UP FOR DALLAS TO AFFORD PETERSON WHO WILL PLAY CB & S)

    Another player whose rookie deal is expiring is Bengals
    D End Carl Lawson who is being totally under utilized in Cincy. Even after this season resigning him would be cheap & could definitely argue he needs a short 1 or 2 year PROVE IT deal to keep salary down.
    I have been saying all offseaso we should trade
    AWUZIE while his value is highest so we can receive player or lick in return for him rather than just not resigning him & letting him leave in FA because Lewis will outplay him.
    Now that our secondary has injury issues instead of going for Lawson in a trade & now the TOP AVAILABLE SECONDARY PLAYER ON TRADE BLOCK HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE BLOCK BECAUSE INJURIES TO SECONDARY FOR CHARGERS – CB DESMOND KING WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST STEAL!!!

    If Dallas cant trade for King or Pat Peterson then Dallas really shows balls by making a League changing trade!!!

    1 secondary player either Awuzie/Brown/Carr/Worley/Robinson +
    1 D-Lineman either
    Armstrong/Crawford/A. Woods/Gallimore +
    Either 2021 3rd rounder + 2022 5th rounder
    Or
    2022 1st or 2nd rounder

    To the Patriots for
    Stephon Gilmore + either draft pick or RB / WR / TE / LB

    Starting secindary —
    Corners Gilmore, Lewis, Diggs +
    Safeties Woods & either Wilson/Carr/Worley

    Worse case sign free agent safety Davis, Jefferson, or my fav available safety Randall!

  10. If we are going to trade for Patrick Peterson we need to do Patrick Peterson & Buddah Baker. We need stellar Safety play as well in a MAJOR way. Safety is way more important than corner right now. No one or nothing will convince me otherwise. Ive said it since before the season started Premium Safeties are a absolute must for a winning formula in the year 2020 & beyond with guys like Mahomes & Jackson & Murray running around ! We need Patrick Peterson, Earl & Eric Reid if we cannot get Baker & Peterson. Even if we get Baker & Peterson we should add Earl or Eric Reid as well. If we dont do something like this or @least sign Earl Thomas & Eric Reid we are FUC*ED !!!

  11. Good article Brian. I’ll be honest, every draft there is a top 2 or 3 safety sitting on the board and the Cowboys brain trust passes for another player position. Of course, we always hear the same “The Cowboys don’t value the safety position enough to utilize a high draft pick in one.” Of course, the safeties they pass on go on to have solid and sometimes stellar careers. Then, the actual season gets started and everyone goes ape over the glaring weak play at the safety position. You can’t pass on these guys year after year then come back and open the vault for them when they are say, a 7 time pro bowler and future HOF player who’s best days are behind him. Love my Cowboys but this season is done. They do not have the personnel, quality depth or a DC that has ever coached a defense better than 20th. And, on another note, where in the blue hell is Poe? He’s developed into a real life super hero with his power being invisibility. Another guy who’s stock rose at the combine but is past his ability to be truly effective, hence the Panthers letting him walk.

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