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How Will the Dallas Cowboys Replace Their Lost Leadership in 2020?

As things stand right now it looks as if the have had a pretty successful . It really looks as if they've potentially upgraded their roster through both and the , but there still is one area that is unresolved and as such is a bit of a concern.

Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys have lost quite a few of their top leaders this offseason. , the Cowboys longest tenured player, decided to in his silver and blue for silver and black by joining the via free agency. His voice carried as much weight as any coach in the building and quite possibly more. His leadership qualities won't be easily replaced.

Don't forget about leaders like , , and . All three held underrated leadership roles at their respective positions with no clear replacements in sight. If you add all of that up that's over 30 years of “leadership” experience the Dallas Cowboys desperately need to replace heading into the .

As I sit here right now, I'm not completely sure which players are ready, willing, and able to step up into leadership roles this year. Not everybody is capable of handling such a responsibility or wants it. It's a job that can't really be thrust upon an individual. It has to be earned through hard work and trust.

Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, and Jeff Heath were all really good leaders in their own ways. Either vocally or leading by example, all of the above players leave a leadership void that will need to be filled in some form or fashion. Who's going to step up though?

That's the question is in it…

I just don't know if there is any player on the Dallas Cowboys roster who has demanded the kind of respect Jason Witten has both on and off the field over the years. Maybe ? But he like Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, and Jeff Heath are more of the lead by example types. I don't know if there's anyone else like Witten who can hold everyone accountable like he's done throughout his career.

Winning games will negate the need of leadership of course, at least a little. Winning has a way of covering up the more problematic areas in the NFL. But, what happens when the game is on the line and someone needs to step up to rally the team? Who is capable of doing that?

I have a few ideas of my own, but I'll let you navigate the unknown and come up with your own answers. All of this talk of leadership, or lack thereof, may seem like a relatively small concern, however, that depends on how much stock you put into such a thing. To me, it's an underrated aspect to being successful or not.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to be paying close attention to all of this from here on out. I think it's more important than a lot of people realize, but that's just my .

Who do you think will take on a leadership role for the Cowboys in 2020?

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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Gary b

Leadership from players is especially important when u have a weak head coach that doesn’t hold players accountable and lacks disciplinary or motivational skills (Garrett). Not to say that the cowboys as a team won’t need that from players but I think McCarthy should command more respect and accountability in that regard.


Turnover is a constant in the Not For Long NFL. Young players have to mature and take leadership roles. Dak did it as a Rookie.! Hence leaders will emerge. However, I don’t see a Michael Irvin / Darren Woodson on this team. They need in your face leaders if they want to make it to the Super Bowl and win.

Gary b

Well said Steve!

Brandon M Rodriguez

That is why I was hoping the Cowboys were able to trade for Adams cause he would have definitely been the unspoken leader but we know what happened with that. I feel that is what we were lacking since Dez left, heart and fire Dez would bring the fire and hold players accountable. I think D-Law and Prescott and Jaylon Smith would be the choices, hopefully maybe one of the rookies would perform and step up.

James C Neely

The greatest prblem with the Boys is that JJ sucks all the air out of the leadership world. Even if a strong leader should emerge from among the current players, the ultimate decisions , which might not necessarily be the best decisions, wlll all come from JJ. So who do you respond to most vigorously?

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