As you have all heard by now I am sure, the Pac-Man experiment is officially over! Jerry and Cowboy bashing is at it's peak now! My question is why? I was highly in favor of bringing him here, as were many Cowboy followers. We all new the risks involved with this deal, so why when the deal does not work out (like we all new it would) are we now going to bash brass for pulling the trigger? Pac-Man did not destroy the locker room, losing and mentally weak individuals destroyed this locker room.
This was a very worthwhile opportunity that the Cowboys had to take a chance on. Unfortunately it did not work out! The Cowboys and Jerry Jones had everything to gain and nothing to lose in this deal. Lets look at what Dallas gave up to get Jones.The Cowboys sent a 4th round pick in last years draft and that is it. The Cowboys signed Jones to a 4 year 13.3 million contract with oh by the way no guaranteed money plus will receive a 5th round pick from Tennessee this year. So when the Cowboys release him they will have a salary cap hit of ZERO! Yes I know what your thinking, we wasted a 4th round pick on him, well lets see who was available in that spot.
Tennessee used that pick and drafted LaVelle Hawkins a 5'11" 187lbs. WR from California. Here is his stats from the year. Looks like he was slightly better than Pacman in Kick off returns (that is not saying much) and had very little to do with the offense. With the 28th pick the Colts selected Jacob Tamme a 6'3" 236lbs. TE from Kentucky and here is what he did this year. He was not an option for us as we had already drafted Bennett. Then St.Louis with the 29th pick selected Keenan Burton a 6'0" 201lbs. WR from Kentucky. Here are his stats on the year. Nothing to get overly excited about and lets be honest he was in the perfect place to play, and only managed to get into 11 games. The next two players selected were a Johnathan Wilhite a DB from Auburn, and Tony Hills an OT from Texas. Here are Wilhite's numbers and Hills was on the practice squad all year. Also the Cowboys will even have a million dollars more to work with under the 2009 salary cap due to cutting Adam Jones! So when you boil this thing down, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys took a very calculated chance on a bonehead to try and make this team better. Is this not what we all want? Do we not all wish for our teams to do everything they can to make the team better?
If, and I realize that was a huge if, but if he had of straightened up and kept his nose clean. He would have been able to play all year long, and our secondary would have been better! Is he a dominant corner? NO, but he can play! He did lead the team in pass deflections. He was an awful punt returner this year, that can partially be contributed to how terrible the special teams units were.
I have heard that the outlook people have on the Cowboys is that they will take a chance on anyone, no matter the character, who COULD help them win games! This is said as a bad mark against them. I strongly disagree! I want my teams to bring in anyone who can help win games. I do not care one bit about what kind of person they are. Michael Irvin was one of the greatest receivers the Cowboys have ever had, but the guy also STABBED HIS TEAMMATE IN THE NECK! No one cared because the Cowboys were winning games! You can not have it both ways, either you want to win and will accept whoever and whatever they do to win or you want to win with only NICE GUYS!
Jerry should be commended on the way he approached this deal, not ridiculed! You and I all asked for serious upgrades to the secondary and Jerry delivered. He drafted exceptionally well, and then took a calculated risk on a possible impact player! What else do you want? The deal did not work and now he is gone! Its over let it go! Jerry gets blasted for every move he makes no matter how good or bad it is, and its ridiculous. I will be the first to admit he has done some stupid things, but lets give the guy some credit too, he has always learned from his mistakes and at least attempted to make them right. It is amazing to me that in the 20 years that Jerry has owned the team he has not done one thing right! Everything good done here since he has owned the team has been because of someone else and in spite of Jerry. This is completely untrue, and very unfair! Jimmy Johnson was brought here by Jerry and had success in large part thanks to Jerry. Jimmy was the one who was preaching team first to the players and coaches. Then when an opportunity came up for one of his coaches to interview for a head coaching job, simply pushed them aside and interviewed for the job himself behind everyone's back. Jimmy is the one who chose to leave! Jerry did not make him leave! Yet Jerry is the one blamed for the demise of the team. Jerry hires Bill Parcells and let go of the steering wheel more than he ever has before, and the team remains average and he still takes all the blame! I hate to tell you all this but this team that we have now was built by Bill Parcells, character flaws and all, minus T.O. So all the complaining we do about players on this team having a lack of heart and motor, should be directed more towards Bill rather than Jerry.
These players are highly skilled but are mentally weak and will only play for someone who treats them like trash. Wait a minute that's right they would not play for that guy either! This collection of players have never played better than they did last year for Wade Phillips, yet he and Jerry are blasted for it! WAKE UP! Some of these guys will never be more than they are right now! So thank the greatest talent evaluator to ever walk the earth for that, don't blame Jerry!
This was a good move by the Cowboys and Jerry Jones that did not work out. Time to move on and continue to work on the problems. This is what Jerry will do, I have no doubt in my mind about that. I also have no doubt that everyone will continue to blame Jerry. He will never gain the respect of the Cowboy fans, and that is a shame.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Defensive End
If quarterback is the most important position in football, then the guys who hunt them down might be second. As such, the Dallas Cowboys face a major offseason decision in 2019 when it comes to the free agency of Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence.
This will be Lawrence's second year as an unrestricted free agent, with Dallas retaining him last season using the franchise tag. Even though he accepted it in 2018, DeMarcus swore all the way back in that summer that he wouldn't play for the Cowboys in 2019 if franchised again.
Despite his sack numbers dropping a bit last season, "Tank" remains one of the top defensive ends in the NFL. He is a total package of pass-rushing and run stopping, and he's now given Dallas two-straight Pro Bowl seasons.
If the Cowboys have any plans to contend for a championship next season then they can't risk losing a player like Lawrence. We've seen what this defense looks like without a premiere pass rusher and it isn't pretty.
Of course, Dallas could try to replace DeMarcus with a different free agent signing. If Jadeveon Clowney or Frank Clark avoid being tagged by their own teams, perhaps the Cowboys can lure one of them over. But don't expect any big difference in compensation between these three players.
Whether it's Lawrence or one of the other premiere pass rushers in free agency, you can expect the Cowboys to make one of them their top offseason priority. The greater mystery is if Dallas will make any other moves to upgrade the DE position, or stick with what they've got.
Dallas finally enjoyed some real production out of Randy Gregory in 2018, whose personal issues nearly derailed the talented pass rusher's career. Gregory posted six sacks last season and was starting to look like the Robin to Lawrence's Batman.
Also in the mix is 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton, who took a backwards step last year and seemed to be in the coaches' doghouse by season's end. Motivation and attitude seem to be an issue for him, and he'll need to step it up this summer if he doesn't want to wind up at the back of the depth chart again.
One of last year's fourth-round picks Dorance Armstrong also returns. He will hopefully be ready to take on a larger role in his second season and provide another pass rushing threat, plus insurance in case Gregory suffers any return of past problems.
If Dallas doesn't make Tyrone Crawford a salary cap casualty, or chooses to re-sign David Irving, those are two other guys who can play some defensive end for you.
Despite these options, the Cowboys could still look at adding another mid-grade free agent for depth and insurance. They could hope for a bargain on veterans like Ezekiel Ansah, Vinny Curry, or Chris Long. They might hope that Rod Marinelli could work his magic on first-round flop Dante Fowler.
Another guy that Dallas might look at is Benson Mayowa, who was with them from 2016-2017 and is a solid player. He spent the last season in Arizona on a one-year deal and is still just 27 years old.
Don't expect much from the draft, barring a major steal presenting itself. The Cowboys have bigger needs with their limited number of 2019 picks, and they also still need to see how recent selections like Charlton and Armstrong play out.
This offseason is all about DeMarcus Lawrence, or at least one of the other marquee free agents at defensive end. Some supplemental moves are possible, but arguably the biggest move Dallas makes the next few months is either retaining or replacing their top pass rusher.
Offense or Defense, Which Should be the Cowboys Main Offseason Focus?
The Dallas Cowboys offseason should be approached like a puzzle. You have to know what the picture looks like beforehand before you start grabbing random pieces to try to fit them together. Keeping that in mind, I thought it be a good idea if we take a look at the Cowboys offense and defense to try to determine which one needs the most attention.
It may be somewhat surprising, but the Dallas Cowboys pretty much have the entire puzzle almost put together. There is just a few missing pieces they need to add, but for the most part the team that will take the field when the 2019 season kicks off is already in place.
There isn't going to be much roster turnover this offseason. Nearly all of the starters will return for the upcoming season on both sides of the ball, meaning the Cowboys are in good shape as far as having the teams nucleolus in place. In fact, there might be just one or two starting positions up for grabs on offense and defense.
Let's take a look…
Dallas Cowboys Offense
As things stand right now before any moves are made in free agency or through the draft, the Dallas Cowboys offense may have just two starting spots up for grabs. But, even that's just a guesstimate because we still don't really know what the future holds for Center Travis Frederick, even though all signs point to him making a triumphant return to the starting lineup.
The way I see it though, the Cowboys will need to find someone to replace Cole Beasley in the passing game and also add a starting caliber tight end. That's it really as far as the starters are concerned. There is however need for more depth at several positions such as backup running back and offensive tackle, but those aren't necessarily "needs". I'd say they're in pretty good shape offensively compared to years past.
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys really don't have any glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball either. After finishing as one of the top defensive units in 2018, they will have nearly all of their starters returning for the 2019 season. But much like on the offensive side of the ball, there could be two starting spots up for grabs.
The Cowboys will have to find someone to replace Damien Wilson as the starting strong side linebacker and potentially a new starting strong safety. That's really the only starting positions I believe are up for grabs on defense. But like the offense, they could stand to add more depth and competition throughout the defense, especially along the defensive line. But again, there really isn't a glaring "need" they absolutely have to address.
Verdict: Cowboys Offense
Even though the Dallas Cowboys offense and defense seems to be pretty evenly matched as to how many starting positions are up for grabs, the offense looks to be the one that needs just a little bit more help. The defense proved in 2018 they are someone to be reckoned with and with the loss of just Damien Wilson, that shouldn't change. The same can't be said about the offense though.
If Cole Beasley does indeed leave via free agency, that's a big blow to the passing game. But, it's not just him. Other than their rushing attack, the Cowboys offense was ranked in the bottom half of the league in nearly every other category. With Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan now gone we can hope that improves, but that doesn't mean improving the offense shouldn't be the Cowboys main offseason focus though.
Of course, this is just my opinion and you are more than welcome to agree or disagree with it. But, when the free agency and NFL draft ball finally starts rolling, I expect most of the Cowboys offseason moves to be on the offensive side of the ball. Improving things around Quarterback Dak Prescott would seem like the wise thing to do after all, especially since he's about to be paid quite handsomely.
Which side of the ball do you think needs more help this offseason?
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Quarterback
The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of work to do to restock and refine their roster in the hope of improving of last year's playoff run. We'll be looking at all of the 2019 needs for this offseason in the coming days, and we're going to start with paramount position of quarterback.
Unlike most spots on the team, the quarterbacks don't have anyone with an expiring contract this year. Both Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush will be in the final year of their deals, while Mike White still has three years left on his rookie contract.
Despite this, Prescott's contract is still one the hottest issues the Cowboys face this offseason. They must decide if they want to go ahead and lock him up now to a long-term extension, or wait and see how Dak performs in his fourth season.
It's a real dilemma for Dallas. One the one hand, Prescott already has two Pro Bowls, two division titles, and all winning seasons on his three-year resume. However, he's also had ongoing accuracy issues and problems with consistent productivity in an increasingly pass-focused league.
Given what he's already accomplished, Dak can command a pretty sizable contract in current negotiations. Just within the week he's already commented on not planning to give the Cowboys a discount in his next deal.
If Dallas waits another year then they risk that price tag going up. They could be competing with the open market, or what if Prescott leads the team to the NFC Championship or beyond in 2019?
If Dak's camp is already going to be aggressive in contract negotiations this year, then there's a case to be made for just waiting. Let him play on his bargain $2.14 million cap hit and use the savings to load up on talent for a championship run. The team will still have resources to re-sign Prescott in 2020, or even franchise tag him, if that's their choice.
However that situation goes, we know that Dak is the starter in 2019. But even though Cooper Rush and Mike White are both due to return next season, should the Cowboys be satisfied with that QB depth chart?
As I wrote about earlier this week, Dallas has good reason to look at adding a veteran passer to the mix this offseason. If Rush and White beat him out, that's great. But if not, it adds an experienced voice to help Dak Prescott in this critical upcoming year.
You can go a few different ways. Some of the projected free agents can match Prescott's mobile style, such as Tyrod Taylor, Trevor Siemian, or Robert Griffin III. Others give you the experience edge such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, or Matt Schaub.
It doesn't seem likely that the Cowboys would draft another QB after just taking Mike White last year with a fifth-round pick. Unless they are moving to a completely different philosophy, Dallas will likely give White at least another year or two to develop as a mid-round selection.
Ideally, at least one of White or Cooper Rush will show some growth this year and inspire confidence as the immediate backup. But adding a veteran for competition certainly couldn't hurt, and Dallas has the cap space to do it.
Thankfully, everything that Dallas might have to do this offseason at quarterback is optional. They can choose whether or not to redo Prescott's contract, or whether or not to pursue upgrades behind him. There is no gaping hole being created by a potential free agent departure.
The Cowboys have the power now, but that can quickly change next season once Dak's a free agent. That's why they still have a big decision to make in 2019.
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