After today's meltdown it's time to finally consider that this Cowboys team might miss the playoffs again...sigh. Hopefully change is coming in the form of a new coaching staff, key free agents and a good solid draft. Here's my hopeful offseason plan for the 2014 season and beyond.
THE NEXT DALLAS COWBOYS HEAD COACH WILL BE: Lovie Smith
Smith brings a defensive mind to a team that is lacking a defensive attitude. Bringing in Lovie would also mean the return of coach Marinelli who is the only coach worth keeping at this point.
2014 DALLAS COWBOYS LOSSES:
Edgar Jones DE
Jarius Wynn DE/DT
Drake Nevis DT
Martez Wilson DE
Ernie Sims LB
Justin Durant LB
Darrion Weems OL
2014 DALLAS COWBOYS ADDITIONS:
Arthur Jones DT - Jones has been playing the 5-tech in the 3-4 but has experience in the 4-3 defense dating back to college. Based on rotoworld a deal for Jones could be had at a price that is good for the cowboys cap situation. Jones could be the 3-tech the boys have been lacking.
Ziggy Hood DT - Hood is another player who has been playing in the 3-4 defense for a few years now. He hasn't lived up to the 1st round hype that came with him and I believe it's due to being out of position. His price tag will be low and I think he'd be a nice add for the cowboys D. While he's not a sack master Hood is extremely tough in run defense making life for Sean Lee much easier in the middle.
2014 DALLAS COWBOYS (MOCK) DRAFT:
I think for the 1st time Jerry kind of admits he missed on a player...kinda
Dallas trade CB Morris Claiborne to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for the 46th pick in the 2014 draft.
1st ROUND: Trent Murphy (DE) Stanford - Murphy is stout against the run but has no problem getting to the QB. The 2013 NCAA sack leader will be a nice addition to the RUSHMEN
2nd ROUND: Gabe Jackson (OG) Mississippi St - Bernadeau has played well but how long can we count on this from him. Jackson gives Dallas a starter on the O-line and makes Bernie a very capable backup at both C and OG.
2nd ROUND: Kareem Martin (DE) N. Carolina - Another new toy for Marinelli to play with Martin has show flashes of brilliance now he needs to harness it.
3rd ROUND: Jonathan Dowling (FS) W. Kentucky - Free safety is a huge hole in the secondary and definitely needs to be addressed. I know everyone wants to believe Heath will eventually "get it" but I have less faith and see Heath has a backup and special teamer. Dowling has the size 6'2, speed (4.5), and ball skills to patrol the deep middle for Dallas and coverage skills to contend with TE's
4th ROUND: Jonathan Brown (LB) Illinois - Instinctive LB who plays sideline to sideline. Brown will push Bruce Carter for playing time at the Will linebacker spot.
5th ROUND: Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB) Nebraska - 6'3 220 lb CB (Think Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman) Moved from WR to CB his senior season so he's extremely raw but has shown potential to be a stud
7th ROUND: Kenny Guiton (QB) Ohio State - Athletic QB with accuracy and arm strength. Showed he was capable of leading a team in Millers absence.
7th ROUND: Jay Bromley (DT) Syracuse - 3-tech who could rotate on the front 7 to bring more pass rush
7th ROUND: Anthony Hitchens (LB) Iowa - Another LB who can compete for a spot to contribute