The Texas Rangers have done it again. They've won the off-season and renewed hope for their fan base in the most spectacular way imaginable. By signing Shin-Soo Choo to $140 million dollar deal, the Rangers have bumped the Cowboys off of the front page. Forget about the play off possibilities for the 'pokes, no knowledgeable fan gives them a chance. The Choo signing, coupled with the Prince Fielder signing, gives the Rangers fan base a massive dose of hope and anticipation. Better take note, Mr. Jones.
Can the Dallas Cowboys do the same this year? Because they will need that kind of off-season to turn this franchise around.
Yes, I heard the quotes from Jerry Jones the other day, claiming that he doesn't worry about apathy among his fans because of "the show" they always put on. But the fact is, Dallas fans will demand more than ever from their favorite frustrating franchise this offseason (what an obnoxious amount of alliteration, my apologies).
The thing is, though, Dallas has a terrible cap situation.
But salary caps don't affect coach spending, so its time for the front office to loosen up the purse strings. Jones has tried to get by with a bargain head coach in the past and has failed miserably. That won't fly with fans this year.
Not with the University of Texas offering a $100 million dollar deal to Nick Saban.
With the Longhorns setting the bar that high for landing the best coach (even if they didn't get him), it places a ton of pressure on Jerry to land a big name that will offer hope. And if Jerry is smart he will realize the fans want him to step back. Even though he is unwilling to hang up his pretend GM card, he can bring in a big-time coach and give him what he wants.
The Rangers are back in the news with a huge signing that indicates how serious they are about getting back to the World Series. The Longhorns will make news with a new coach soon.
The Cowboys are up next and they had better impress, because there are plenty of other teams for Texas sports fans to watch.
Keep your eye on the ball, Jerry. Try not to strike out this time.