Seeing how horrible the secondary was last year, the priority was to upgrade the defense, more so the secondary. Unfortunately Jerry can't put his own personal money to buy every free agent in the books and bring them over to Dallas so we had to choose to upgrade one thing while unfortunately neglecting another position of need. We are starting to see the result of this, and maybe should of regulated the decision because if Mr Romo gets injured, this season is over, Orton would get sacked three times as much.
Over the tenure of our new head coach, Jason Garret has conducted a new formula, style, and set a certain standard and guideline for players that will be on this roster. The proverbial RKG has our hire likes to call it, our was it us at BTB who set the inception? The Coach has trimmed and altered his roster to what he values and believes in, most of us can probably agree that this tactic or strategy his a good thing. I for one can appreciate a finely run organization with high standards. The question is, at what point do we need playmakers, trouble makers, guys who get it done? Let's take a look at recent acquisitions and new starters across the board for the Cowboys.
Lets start with the offensive line additions. Tyron Smith hasn't had the smoothest transition over to the left side as we had hoped, but I think we can say that for the most part he has done his part decently, and I for one am not worried about him, has I believe he will eventually be one of the best in the league. The man next to him his Nate Livings, the best thing we can say about him is that well....we haven't heard his name too much, and that's probably a good thing. For the most part he has held his own and been average, and that's what we have become accustomed to along the offensive line, a soon to be over the hill journey man who can be average. Moving along, this is where the ship starts too sink, once we start moving over to the right side. Ryan Cook we can give the benefit of the doubt, he hasn't had much of time to adjust and I'm actually anxious too see how Costa does in his second year. Now the two liabilities, M Bernadeu hasn't been anything special, below average and more of disappointment, but what were we really expecting? I think I'd rather see them sign Holland and insert him. Now to Doug Free, remember when we used the excuse that he was on his wrong side and and he would be fine once returning back to his normal side. Folks it's quite apparant that he's mailed it on once he received that contract. A complete disaster, Babin and Cole will absolutely eat him alive, he is mentally and physically out of it. More importantly, Jason Garret has trended a new pattern of playing the best player regardless of history and contracts, it's time to stick to your guns and play Parnell. Can it get any worse? The answer to that is yes, Romo cant get seriously injured! Now to our fullback, has anyone noticed Lawrence Vickers, I understand that if the line can't block it doesn't allow the fullback to pick a lane to block for as well, but he hasn't been all as advertised. Dez hasn't been all has advertised either, hearing from any Cowboy Media outlet was how much more mature and dedicated he was to the team and becoming a better reciever. Personally I'm sick and tired of always hearing these high expectations and nothing ever resulting in it. If this continues I really don't see him being on this team once his contract is due. I really hope he can start to turn it around, because im a big fan of his, but you can tell Romo doesn't fully trust him still.
On the defensive side of the ball, at least we can be a little more optimistic. Brandon Carr has been everything we have wanted. A big physical corner that can finally challenge and match the dynamic relievers in the East, not to mention his team first motto as he would play safety if asked too. Mo has also been off to a good start, big and physical, last game against the Bucs I noticed how good of a jam he can put on a reciever. Near the goal line against Vincent Jackson, he angles himself nicely taking away the outside and gives that one arm shiver. Unfortunately these guys still are having problems ball hawking, hopefully they can start to get some more INTs. However, not that I'm trying to be the grinch who stole Christmas, as I recall last year, our defense started off very stout, only to watch it fall down the stretch, and for that reason I'm still pessimistic. I've also not too thrilled that against the Giants and Bucs, at the end the other teams easily traced down the field, something we were a little too used to last year, would like to see them close and finish more frequently when the opportunity arises.
Thats my little analysis on the team thus far, coaching wise I don't think Bill Callahan is the magic man he was made out to be either, and the teams penalties and lack of focus week to week as evidenced by the Hawks and Bucs game it's pretty disconcerting. Boggles me how this a problem that they just can't seem to fix. I'd like to see the coaches make some statements by sitting Doug Free if he has another bad outing, which is inevitable playing Peppers, and by cutting Felix Jones. Coach Dicamilis is another story on its own, we haven't had a decent kick returner for years, and there should have been 2 blocked punts in a matter of 2 weeks, it can't be that hard setting up a formation to block. Not to mention the Jets game last year and the fact that he was really the one who should have taken the slack for calling that Timeout against the Cards that iced our own kicker.
In himesite, if it was the offseason would you change a thing? For example, sign Brandon Carr, but draft two offensive lineman with the first two picks. Or maybe signing Carl Nicks and trading up for Mo still? Many different scenarios could have played out obviously so it's unrealistic to pick and choose, but looking back maybe they should have considered a more balanced plan as oppose to star studding the corners and neglecting the offensive line. I love a solid defense, but in my opinion, without Tony Romo, this team doesn't have what it takes, and our offensive line is quite the insurance plan killer!
Sorry about the spelling and words that were auto corrected by the way, I wrote this on my IPad and I don't know where Spell Check is and my fingers are too fat too perfectly place the space bar!