In 2010 the Dallas Cowboys went 6-10. Some will blame coaching, some will blame defense, some will blame Jerry.
Happens to everyone. Time to time, everyone goes bust.
Are the Dallas Cowboys staring at pocket cowboys?
The Cowboys have a lot of needs. They have a lot of holes that need to be filled. This team is far from being a Super Bowl contender.
What we already know that OL, DL, and CB/FS are the biggest needs. Arguably OL is the biggest and needs to be addressed first.
1. The defense performed great in '09 but fell on its face in '10. Why? We don't know, but what we do know is there is a new DC waiting to put his mark on this Defense. The Cowboys have already addressed a major and often times overlooked reason why the Defense failed. Scheme. Rob Ryan was hired just for that.
2. Statistically the Defense was the worse of the two units. Again why? We don't know. There are a lot of factors in a football game, some which can't be measured or solved with a formula. Even with that, is that logic enough to show that the Defense needs to be addressed first? I don't think so. Do you need to wait for the offense to show even more signs of decline before you stop the bleeding? Isn't that how the Cowboys are in this mess to begin with?
3. The defense is filled with a lot of young talent. Other than Newman and Brooking no player is showing major signs of aging. There is depth of young talent waiting to break onto the scene also. Sean Lee, Brent, AOA?, Butler. The same cannot be said for the Dallas Cowboys OL.
4. 4 out of 5 starters are over the age of 32. That is 80%. They aren't getting any younger and injuries will continue to be a great factor. There's not much I can say here. It's pathetic the organization has let it come to this. This sums it up best:
"I've often seen these people, these squares at the table, short stack and long odds against them. All their outs gone. One last card in the deck that can help them. I used to wonder how they could let themselves get into such bad shape, and how the hell they thought they could turn it around."
Can the Dallas Cowboys land the Jack of Diamonds and fix the OL?
"If a bet's good enough to call, you're in there raising. Tight but aggressive. That's your style, Professor. Always calculate, think of it as war."
If the Cowboys feel someone is good enough to pick in the teens then they should pick him at #9. "But they do think that Nate Solder probably has the capacity to start for 10 years in the league," said Mosley. So why get cute and worry about "value". Just draft the guy if that's what you believe. Out of the 3 OL decide which one is the best and pick them at #9, do not let the draft decide for you.
You can't lose what you don't put in the middle. Yeah and you can't win either.
If the Cowboys are willing to gamble on their guy being there in a trade down they should just gamble on their guy at #9. Trading down and getting more picks is not a luxury the Cowboys can afford. They can't just miss out on their guy again. I would rather see in the headlines 3 years from now we went with our guy, we got the guy we wanted, he just didn't work out. Rather than: we wanted that guy but just missed out on him.
The Cowboys need to play it tight but aggressive. We know OT is a safe way to go in the top 10. So picking BPA at OT at #9 to fill a major need is the way to go.
Always leave yourself outs.
Just because the Cowboys haven't drafted OL in the first round since forever doesn't mean it ends there. The Cowboys have 4 starters and backups that need to be replaced. If there is someone else the Cowboys like, they should take him. Good teams grow em and sell em, they don't buy em.
Like I said, I hate in three years to be saying we should have played those kings (7:50).