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What Was The Cowboys’ Biggest Miss Of 2020?

To say 2020 has been a frustrating year for the Dallas Cowboys would be an understatement. Once thought of as a potential Super Bowl contender, America’s Team now sits at 3-8 on the season heading into a Tuesday night game that Andy Dalton will start in.

It’s been bad.

But while there has been a plethora of poor decisions, bad luck, and front office misses from the Cowboys this calendar year, Bleacher Report tried to name the absolute worst one this week. And it’s likely not what came to your mind first.

“One particular juncture might hurt the most in hindsight. That’s the middle of the third round, when the Cowboys drafted defensive lineman Neville Gallimore three picks before the Indianapolis Colts took Julian Blackmon.”

Not drafting safety Julian Blackmon. This is interesting.

Despite coming off of a torn ACL, Blackmon was high on a lot of draft boards across Cowboys Twitter, and was ultimately drafted by the Colts out of Utah in the third round. Blackmon has been nothing short of phenomenal in 2020, putting himself in the conversation for defensive rookie of the year this season.

Julian Blackmon Forces PIVOTAL Fumble in OT

On 2nd & 2, Julian Blackmon forces a fumble from the Packers to give the Colts the ball. The Green Bay Packers take on the Indianapolis Colts during Week 11 …

Blackmon was also named to Pro Football Focus’ midseason All Rookie Team, earning the highest grade among all rookie safeties. He would’ve been a welcomed addition to the Cowboys defense for sure, but this isn’t where my mind went first when thinking of their biggest miss.

Some may argue that the Mike McCarthy hire should already be considered a miss, but I’d push back on that. It’s too early to pin this all on him, plus the injury luck this season has been catastrophic.

Two free agency decisions stick out to me.

First, not extending quarterback Dak Prescott. Despite suffering a major season ending injury against the Giants, Prescott was playing some of the best football of his life this season. Hopefully he still wants to be with the Cowboys longterm, but it’s possible another franchise tag next year could sour the relationship.

The next miss hurt the 2020 team directly: not re-signing cornerback Byron Jones. The former first round pick has been incredible the past couple of seasons, and is continuing his dominant ways with the now playoff contending Dolphins.

Dallas’ defense has been pretty much horrible this season, and Jones would’ve really helped on the back end.

So of all the potential candidates, what would you say was the Cowboys’ biggest miss of 2020?

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. Biggest miss by far has been the hiring of Mike Nolan as the DC. His record as a DC speaks for itself, it has never been top notch, and his approach is antiquated and simply not effective in defending the offenses being played in the NFL. No way signing Jones would have made a difference he is NOT a difference maker on defense and way too soft to be paid as a top corner. Also hard to consider Blackmon a miss when he was drafted in the third round. Sure he would have been a nice addition, but how much of a difference does he make in this poor defensive scheme??

  2. I’ll have to jump on the wagon with you guys! MN has showed nothing as far as being able to scheme to stop different opponents each week! We need a proven DC !!

  3. I’d have to agree with a lot of this….. I think if we would have hired a better DC, and signed Byron Jones and drafted Julian Blackmon we would be a lot better off on the defense!! We all know why hiring Mike Nolan was a mistake, so there’s no point in getting into that!! But I see people saying Byron Jones wasn’t that good, but I have to disagree, he is not the best, but he got paid top corner money for a reason!! And he’s definitely better than any of the corners we have right now!! And as far as the safety Julian Blackmon goes…. We seem to miss out on all of the good safeties in almost every draft, there’s a lot of safeties we could have drafted recently and decided to go with other players!! Actually, if I’m not mistaken, we passed on safeties in the last 2 drafts to draft a DT!! We could’ve gotten Juan Thornhill last year but went with Trysten Hill instead which was a big mistake!! And then again this year when we passed on Julian Blackmon for Neville Gallimore!! I think Gallimore is gonna be a good football player so that is kind of a tough choice between him and Blackmon!! I think Blackmon has gotten to be the player he is right now is cause he has had more time on the field to prove himself, Gallimore didn’t get to start a game till just a few weeks ago!! But I think Gallimore will be talked about just as much as Blackmon pretty soon!! I really can’t say a bad thing about our last draft, it was one of the best drafts for us in a while!! But I do have to say that it gets really old watching us pass on good safeties every year!!

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