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Fact or Fiction: The Dallas Cowboys Will Regress In 2022

After experimenting with a fact or fiction piece about two weeks ago, I decided I wanted to give it another run and provide three statements that are tied to the franchise.

Along with deciding whether each statement is fact or fiction, don't be surprised if you recognize a frustrating tone weaved throughout the piece since the franchise continues to make moves that don't make their team better.

Without further ado, check them out below.

“The team can still win a lot of games with this roster.”

I get the argument that it can be too early to determine the ceiling of the team since the roster is far from being put together, but does anyone know what direction the franchise is heading?

After finishing 12-5 and finishing as East Champions, it felt like the Cowboys were finally going to breakthrough towards a Super Bowl run. However, the San Francisco 49ers came to town, and everyone knows how that went.

Going into the offseason, you would expect the franchise to make upgrades in free agency, retain most of their personnel for another run, but if you haven't kept up it's been the complete opposite.

After trading Wide Receiver , releasing Right La'el Collins and letting , Defensive End , and Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson walk in free agency, it feels like this team is only getting worse day by day.

Now moves can still be made, but the franchise has remained stagnant in pursuing replacements to improve their key positions, and I feel their win trajectory is trending downwards.

With that in mind, I'm calling it FICTION. 

I understand the team still has key players in , Running Backs and Tony Pollard, Wide Receivers and , Guard , Tackle , Micah Parsons, Defensive End and , but there are obvious holes in their team, and the front office is failing to address them.

If the franchise stays with the attitude of wanting to focus solely on retaining “their guys” instead of being aggressive (like many teams have been, as of late), then it's likely we're talking about who the Cowboys should draft high in the first-round next year.

“They should sign a veteran receiver instead of drafting one.”

With Cooper shipped off to Cleveland, Lamb and Gallup are now expected to be the new WR-duo next season, but Lamb may be riding solo on the field to begin the season.

In a tweet from Cowboys Reporter Todd Archer, Gallup told the media that he doesn't want to miss games, but he doesn't have a timetable on when he's going to be returning, so that may spell trouble early for the team.

Beyond Lamb, the only available receivers are and . They bring in little to no experience, so it's evident the to upgrade. If we debate whether that player can be signed in free agency or found through the draft, I feel like the best route would be to go with both options.

You can get a veteran presence to pair with Lamb for a fair price while Gallup recovers and add a wideout on a rookie contract that could contribute down the road.

If we look at some free-agent options, you have Jarvis Landry, , , Julio Jones, Juju Smith-Schuster, , A.J Green, , and Cordarrelle Patterson, who can also lineup at and kick-returner for you as a bonus.

On the draft side, if the team goes wideout with the 24th pick, it's likely Arkansas Wide Receiver Treylon Burks, Penn State Wide Receiver , and Alabama Wide Receiver are there.

My verdict for this statement is FICTION.

“The Cowboys need to open up the books and go all-in.”

If I had a megaphone, I would scream this statement 1,000 times till it got in the heads of the front office.

Okay, I'm exaggerating. Maybe not 1,000 times, but you get the point.

As teams around the league continue to acquire or trade for star players to stack their team, it seems the Cowboys have been fine staying complacent since they haven't signed one outside free agent yet.

While the AFC has had more moves, the franchise needs to realize that now is the time to chase those stud players to not only compete with contenders like Tampa Bay or Los Angeles but to take advantage of a wide-open NFC.

The team has come out and justified their moves were to clear cap-space, but if you're not spending money on anyone, what was the point then?

Sometimes you got to live in the present instead of worrying about the future, so just do it, Jerry. Pull the trigger and start it off by Linebacker .

Oh yeah, for those who didn't know my verdict, it's FACT 1000%. 

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
Rolling with the Boyz since 96'. Chop up sports with me on Twitter @rockssjr.

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siempre

You go all in when you are one or two special players away.
Right now the Boys need 6 to 8 starters just to have 22 warm bodies on opening day.
Right now the Bioys are missing 2 wide outs, one tight end, 2 offense line .
On defense, the Boys are missing 2 linebacker, We are not talking quality…just that those are empty slots.
Forget all in…the Boys are not close to that . They need to figure how to just field a team.

VAM

I agree siempre, the Boys are not close to all in, but just for fun I did a mock draft on the Draft Network and based it mostly on your needs. I’m kind of a draft junkie, unfortunately LOL. Pretty decent. Hopefully all is not lost yet.

1st Z Johnson IOL, BC
2nd D Bell WR, Purdue
3rd T McBride TE, Col St
4th A Pierce WR, Cinn
5th T Munford OG/OT, Ohio St
6th M Clemons Edge, TX AM
7th R Blankenship S, Mid Tenn
8th J Gemmel LB, NC
9th T Booker IDL, Stanford

Sparkman

Should have taken that kicker with one of those 5ths

Ronald

O-line can be addressed in draft (the need is starting guard) already have starter @ LT, Terrance Steele. Need free agent WR and draft another WR, alot of talent in this class, need linebacker? Stop the panic.

Mr T

Jerry Jones conflict between GM and Owner is reflected once again this year. Jerry cares only about spending just enough money to put fans in the seats, not fielding a Super Bowl team. I predict another lackluster 50% success rate again this year.

lonewolfz28

Hmmm,

Built one of the most expensive stadiums.
Built one of the most expensive training facilities.
Constantly up against the cap.

Jerry spends as much money or more than any other owner. He and his son just don’t spend it wisely.

Mr T

Same outcome. All about Jerry Jones Family Dynasty, not about fielding a Super Bowl Team. Jerry buys pretty good players. A GM’s job is to get the best players money can buy within the cap, not play money ball. Still going to be a 50% season.

Chuck Wright

First, define “regression”? They are still the favorites to win the NFC East. Would not be surprised if they don’t win at least one playoff game.

But going all in in FA would be incredibly dumb. This team is being “re-structured” for a 2023 and 2024 run not a 2022 run. This team isn’t the Rams last off season.

Now 2023, that would be a year to go “all in” in FA as next year Zeke can be left go to create space, Tron can be let go (which sucks to say as in his prime he was a beast but he’s missing a 1/3rd of every season or more now).

Mr T

NFC East is a joke. OSU could win the NFC East. Cowboys have been in regression since Jerry bought the team and then fired Jimmie Johnson. But hey Jerry has a “dynasty” …for his family.

gary b

Cowboys are in a weird transitional place. Not rebuilding, but not loading up for a big run either. Agree they are looking towards next year and the year after, when Zeke and a few others are off the books.

I Don’t believe in throwing crazy money at FAs just to appease the fanbase. V Miller isn’t worth that ridiculous contract he got, and Wagner likely isn’t worth the monster contract he is holding out for.

I think we‘ll look back on missing out on Gregory with relief. For the life of me never understood why some people thought so highly of him.

Now go get Kearse and see where u stand after that.

Scott l Renteria

As long as one of the Jones’ is the de facto GM the roster moves will never make sense and the Super Bowl will continue to be a pipe dream. I agree with moving on from Cooper and Collins but why make your intentions common knowledge and drive down the potential return? Lucky Denver jumped in and prevented them from wasting $70 million on Gregory another player hyped by JJ that simply has never delivered. Jaylon Smith is all you need to know about JJ and the Cowboys, take a chance on somebody that gets the media’s attention, build them up and hail yourself as the savior. Then continue to drink the Kool-aid despite it being obvious that player is nothing more than JJ hype. Then you wonder why they have no CAP money!!

Cowboysdude

As long as ‘jerruh’ is there nothing is going to change. Most Cowboys fans are so unrealistic that they think every year they’re going to win the SB….. this organization isn’t going to sniff one for years because they continue doing the same thing over and over again and the fans keep expecting different results. Time to wake up and see this for what it is…… they are clueless and the ONLY thing they care about is money….. not the fans.

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