As things stand right now, it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys have had a pretty disappointing off-season, and that’s putting things as nice as I really can.
Fortunately, with the good comes the bad and I decided that I would share with you what I see as the best and worst things that happened to America’s Team throughout the off-season.
Now, I know you might not agree with everything I say. The good thing is that this is just one person’s opinion and you, the readers, can certainly chime in and agree or disagree with anything I have to say.
I decided to break it down to the best and worst things that happened to the offense and then do the same thing to the defensive side of the ball. All of these circumstances will have some kind of impact on the 2016 season, but we have no way of predicting that as of yet.
Without further ado, here are the best and worst things that happened to the Dallas Cowboys on offense and defense during the off-season.
This might be the most obvious out of everything that happened to the Dallas Cowboys during the off-season, but the return of quarterback Tony Romo and the addition of Ezekiel Elliott should once again make the offensive unit one of the best in the entire NFL.
The good news is that Romo was able to fully participate in all of the off-season practices and was moving around better than he has been able to for the past couple seasons. He wasn’t limited in any way by his collarbone and the extra time off allowed his back to have even more time to heal and recuperate. This is all excellent news!
Ezekiel Elliott‘s addition transforms an already potent offense into a lethal force. Elliott is the perfect fit to run in the Cowboys zone blocking scheme, which will allow the offensive line to get back to what they do best, unlike last season when they had to use more man concepts in the running game. His addition will also help every single player on the offensive side of the ball take their game to the next level.
*Honorable mention-Dez Bryant returning to 100%
Stephen Jones mentioned that Chaz Green could push Doug Free for the starting right tackle position earlier in the off-season, but that never materialized in OTA’s or mini-camp practices. He seemed to continue to get better with more practices, so maybe he just needed to knock off some rust to get things going.
Training camp will be huge for Green if he wants to try and push Doug Free for the starting position at right tackle, but his best bet might be to win the swing tackle spot first and then go from there.
In all honesty, there wasn’t a lot of good that happened to Dallas Cowboys defense throughout the off-season. However, I think the Cowboys’ decision to sign former division rival defensive tackle, Cedric Thornton, will pay huge dividends in the middle the defense.
Thornton should be a big upgrade over Nick Hayden at the 1-tech in Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme. He is not only a really good run defender, but he should be able to put more pressure on the opposing QB and help collapse the pocket.
Playing next to Thornton, Tyrone Crawford should benefit the most and wreak havoc from the 3-tech. I think this is where the majority of the Cowboys pass rush will come from, at least the first month of the season.
I’m really expecting big things from Cedric Thornton in 2016 and that might be why the Dallas Cowboys made him their biggest signing in free agency.
*Honorable mention-Orlando Scandrick returning to 100%
One of the worst things imaginable that could’ve happened to the Dallas Cowboys during the off-season happened, and it went down in a big way.
The worst is absolutely when the announcement was made that Rolando McClain will miss 10 games of the season because of his suspension, but the four-game suspensions that was handed down to both DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory might hurt just as much.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will have to work his magic with the defense and help his players once again outperform what is expected of them.
Training camp will be huge for the Dallas Cowboys in order to figure out who will fill in for the suspended players and the decisions they make could impact the way the 2016 season goes.
What are your best and worst things that happened to the Dallas Cowboys during the off-season?
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