I find the Dallas Cowboys to be like a drug (not that I can relate since I've never used anything illegal). "The Big Blue Pill" can take you on the highest of highs and bring you down to the lowest of lows. More often than imaginable, this roller coaster of emotions can all happen within days, hours, or mere seconds of each other. I know I'm preaching to the choir here so let me combine several elements that, unknowingly to us, have all woven together and formed a bond that I haven't heard anyone really mention.
Let's start with the most recent event, Jay Ratliff's dismissal from the Cowboys' roster. In a recent article from the fine collection of bloggers here, there is a Tweet from Jeff Sullivan who basically reminded us all that he prophesied in July that Jay Ratliff would never play another down for the Dallas Cowboys. I don't have the exact date of his prophetic Tweet, but a strong feeling like that probably didn't happen overnight. It probably manifested itself over weeks and months, probably back to his DUI which was not long after his locker room meltdown. I would think it is safe to assume he was done as a Cowboy after the combination of both of those incidents. Which leads me to....
...The 2013 NFL Draft. If the Cowboys really had no intention of having Jay Ratliff be apart of the 2013 roster, why did they not plan accordingly? This is not a shot towards any of the rookies on the Dallas Cowboys because most, if not all, are very much proving their worth and then some. But, Jerry and Stephen are clearly not soothsayers to know how stunning our draft class would have been turning out back in April. I understand that Monte Kiffen and Rod Marinelli wanted to see what they had in the players already on the team before using draft resources, but knowing that one of the anchors to the interior defensive line wasn't going to play a down of football and not replacing him is so stupid it is almost comical.
Did the powers that be really have faith in Nick Hayden (futures contract for someone who didn't play in '12), Ben Bass (injured UDFA from '12), Tyrone Crawford (supposed heir to Spencer at SDE in '14), Rob Calloway, Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, Travis Chappelear, Sean Lissemore, or anyone else that may have been on the roster at that time? This isn't a pro-Floyd rant but no defensive line help at all from the first round to UDFAs is puzzling at best. Not only do the Cowboys have to replace Ratliff, but they knew it would be pretty improbable to have Anthony Spencer in 2014, and if Jason Hatcher continued his late-blooming progress like he has then he'd be nearly improbable to retain as well.
Judging by the draft board and how the draft went after the first round trade down, there were only reaches along the defensive trench if Dallas wanted to draft someone on their board. I think Dallas was banking on huge progressions from the likes of Bass and Crawford without taking into account the devastating injuries along the defensive line. However, as poor as the contingency plan was, the front office certainly have helped alleviate that by having the pro scouts grab guys off the streets and have them flourish for the team. Which, brings us full circle. As maddening as the Cowboys make you feel, they always find a way to hook you in and make you believe in them again. That is, until they do something to make you lose all faith again. Ratliff, the infamous 2013 draft, and the front office roster tweaking has all been discussed about as much as they can be. Here is my two cents at how I perceive them all intertwining together and how I brought the baseball bat out for one last beating of the horse. Until next time that is.