Prior to 1993 there was an investment firm that carried the name of its founder. Their commercials were almost recognized by all as the iconic phrase went "when E.F. Hutton talks , people listen". The same can be said for our iconic owner Jerry Jones. Not long ago at the nfl spring meetings Jerry said the "title window is closing". When Jerry speaks two things happen immediately. The national media jockey's wet their pants and the attempt to decode or translate what Jerry said begins.
Never has Jerry been more clear with words and actions coming together in harmony as his actions have a direct correlation with his words. Actions have always spoken louder than words , except with Jerry. Now , even that has changed. With the number of free agent signings it is obvious that Jerry sincerely believes the window is closing. Additionally the trade up for Claiborne only fuels the speculation that Jerry is in win now mode. On top of that his resistance to trading Jenkins (which may still happen) says to me that he wants his secondary to be stacked in case of an injury. He doesn't want an Alan Ball redux. I believe he listened to RR when the dc said he is only looking at db's. Jerry , getting back to his Maverick roots signed the best free agent cb on the market. One that I prefer over Namdi.
Jerry isn't in rebuild mode. An obvious conclusion reached by his trading up in round one. Rebuilding teams like the Rams, who traded down twice in the first round and desperately need players are the kind of teams that are looking long term especially having a young qb. When you draft a player in the top 10 you aren't expecting a decent player or a pretty good player. Top 10 players are expected to be studs. 10 year starters. Pro Bowlers. When you take a cb in the top 10 you are expecting a shut half the field down type of player. A player who is feared. A player who will make an opponent lose sleep at night. This is what Jerry moved up for. He wants a suffocating secondary to enhance the pass rush.
Teams of today aren't as strong as the last Dallas dynasty. There isn't a way to avoid roster churning. The salary cap doesn't allow it. That's why more teams who enter the playoffs via wildcard have had playoff success. Jerry has taken notice. The teams that have won the past five years have had one strong position group and a splash of pretty good to good players at other positions. The best o line group to win in the last five years has belonged to the Saints. The best lb group has belonged to the Steelers. The best wr group has belonged to the Packers. One thing the winners have in common is a good qb. Dallas has a good qb. A qb good enough to win a superbowl with. Dallas also has the best 3-4 olb in the game. Wasting time isn't an option with Jerry anymore.
Jerry realizes you don't need 53 all pro's to win the superbowl. The Giants have a better o line than Dallas but they aren't dominating. The Steelers didn't have a dominating o line in their latest superbowl wins. With the free agent signings Jerry made , I believe he thinks if the o line is 50% better than it was last year it will be enough. I happen to agree. A team doesn't need a perfect d line just one that is opportunistic (see the Saints). However if you don't have a dominating pass rush , the most critical position group on d is the secondary. The nfl has changed. Few if any teams worry about balance. The rules favor the offense . The wr's have been given carte blanche .Coaches attack and why shouldn't they ?
With the contract of Romo about to expire and the amount it would take to resign him. Along with the cap implications that will come with a new contract. (I am not implying Romo is gone when his contract is finished) Jerry is in it to win it this year. There is no waiting bone in his body. It's now. Feb 2013 is Jerry's target. The last time we saw Jerry this anxious was in the mid to late 90's as he was trying to squeeze one more superbowl out Aikman and co. It never materialized. Deep in Jerry's heart he knows his buffoonery compromised what should have been a very rewarding time in Cowboyshistory. Don't try and convince yourself that we have 4-5 years. The two drafts prior to the 2012 draft put a spark in Jerry. He realized that good drafting expedites the journey. . He feels it. He can see it. He wants to win now. Now is the time. Not 2 years or 3 years. Now ! This season. It's exciting. Jerry ain't playin.