Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players That Are Irreplaceable

    The battled through their fair share of in 2015 and if they want to have any kind of success in the upcoming , they have to avoid the bug.

    The unfortunate thing about injuries is that they are unpredictable and they can really have a major impact on a teams performance depending on which players are the ones to go down.

    The sad truth for the Cowboys in 2015 was that the injuries that the team endured was to key members and was a major reason why they finished with a 4-12 losing record.

    I decided to try and identify a few of the Dallas Cowboys players that are simply irreplaceable and would be devastating to the entire team if anyone of them where to go down with an injury and miss an extended period of time.

    Tony Romo

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    obviously makes this list because we all witnessed firsthand how this team functions without him at the helm leading the .

    The 2016 season will ultimately come down to the health of Romo and how he performs. There simply isn't another on this team that can come in and play anywhere near as well as Romo.

    has been receiving some positive reviews, but he is still somewhat an unproven commodity in the NFL and has never won a game during his time in a league.

    Let's just hope that Romo's surgically repaired collarbone can last out the entire season and that no other injury mishaps occur. The Dallas Cowboys simply can't afford to lose their starting quarterback for any amount of time.

    Tyron Smith

    Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players That Are Irreplaceable 2Do you think Tony Romo will last the season if misses any amount time due to an injury? I know I don't.

    Smith is arguably the best in the entire NFL and does an amazing job keeping Romo's blindside well protected. He is perhaps the second most important player on the entire Cowboys roster behind Romo.

    I honestly don't know what the staff would do if Smith went down with an injury.

    Would move over to the left side? Is ready to fill in as a left ?

    Whoever is asked to protect Romo's blindside would be a huge downgrade from Tyron Smith. There is a reason he has been voted into the three times already and the great thing is he is only 25 years old.

    Travis Frederick

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    might just be a little under the radar when you think about the Cowboys , but his importance to the team is not.

    Tyron Smith and seem to receive the majority of praise, but Frederick's contribution is on par with both Smith and Martin. That is why he is a Pro Bowler as well.

    Frederick is responsible for making all the pre-snap line adjustments and identifying where the might attack. He is also responsible for keeping the pocket from collapsing and giving Tony Romo a clean space to step up and make a throw down the field.

    Like Tyron Smith, there isn't another player on the team that can step in and provide the same type of stability at the position. I'm not even quite sure they have a valuable option as a backup to fill in an emergency situation.

    was signed to hopefully be that player but there's a reason why he was a and in my honest opinion I think he is probably better as a than a center.

    Jason Witten

    Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players That Are Irreplaceable 4's importance to the team is more than just what he's able to do on the field, although that would put on the list by itself.

    Witten is the type of player that everyone looks to for guidance and support.

    The Dallas Cowboys have been extremely fortunate to find a player of Witten's caliber and toughness. He is a surefire Hall of Famer in the future and although he is starting to slow down just a bit, he is still a player that has to be game planned for by defensive coordinators around the league.

    The Cowboys offense would be drastically different without #82 in the lineup and like everybody else on this list there isn't another on the roster that could come close to having the same type of production on the field.

    Witten is used in so many different ways that finding one player to fill in would be virtually impossible.

    Dez Bryant

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    Again, we already know what happens when goes down with an injury and what the offense looks like without him in the lineup or with him in the lineup at less than 100%.

    There's no denying that Bryant is one of the top receivers in the entire NFL and his presence on the field has to be accounted for wherever he lines up.

    He is one of those players that can be truly labeled as a playmaker and a quarterbacks best friend when he's on the field.

    The sad thing is that the Cowboys group is simply lost without him and there's no one else to step up and fill in is that #1 WR.

    Please feel free to use the comment section below to provide your thoughts and opinions on the players that made this list. I look forward to discussing this topic further.

    Brian Martin
    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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    George Johnson

    I agree with everything you said about T Romo and how critical he is to the success of the Cowboys. As you know I am a K Moore fan and have followed him his whole career. I am optimistic that he could do well if T Romo was to go down. He should be ready, confident and experienced enough to step in and get the job done. There was a video interview of S Linehan last week where he made some positive statements about K Moore and his ability to play in the NFL. One of the things he said is that he is very experienced. The most surprising thing to me was he said that he would not have to change the game plan much if K Moore had to play for T Romo. This implies he thinks K Moore can make most of the throws necessary for the vertical offense. He mentioned K Moore throwing more 20 yard passes or longer in the Washington game then had been thrown in the previous ten games. I think the Cowboys offense could be pretty potent with K Moore at the reins. It should look like this. They should have one of the most potent running games in the NFL with Elliot and a top NFL offensive line. K Moore should be able to run a very potent short to intermediate passing game because of his outstanding pocket passing skills. He also seems to have enough velocity to conduct the short to intermediate passing game just fine. The pass to run ratio would be about 50/50. If the defense does their part, then K Moore could win some games and have good QB stats. I personally think S Linehan should adjust the play calling, strategy, offense some with K Moore playing to minimize the impact of his lack of a strong arm and to maximize his strengths. S Linehan's comments in this interview didn't seem like he would do that much or that it was even necessary, but maybe he doesn't want to give away any strategy.

    George Johnson

    Brian, I wouldn't be surprised to see K Moore play really well in preseason games. He should be riding high and confidently. He also knows he still has a lot to prove if he wants to stick in the NFL and August maybe his only chance to play. In fact we all hope that is true. K Moore has a reputation of playing better than he practices. This is actually a positive thing. He has been said to have ice in his veins, is very consistent, plays smart/instinctively and knows what to do no matter what the defense tries to throw at him, so I think he is likely to do well against different teams in the preseason.