The Cowboys wrap up the regular season on Sunday in what seems to be a ritual for Dallas, a winner take all finale to see who goes to the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome I think some changes will be made to the coaching staff as well as to the players on the field giving Dallas a new look in 2014 and giving fans a little optimism for the future of our historic franchise. Does that mean Jason Garrett is out? No, Jason for all intents and purposes is Jerry's "Pet Cat" meaning Jerry won't admit he's missed on his coach and gives Jason one more season to prove he can be the guy to lead Dallas. Bill Callahan however, is not so lucky taking the blame for the lack of execution much like Rob Ryan did the previous year. On the defensive side I don't see much change in the staff. As much as we would like to see Monte gone I believe Jerry gives him another season to turn it around with a fully healthy unit.
BOLD PREDICTION: Josh McDaniels joins the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff as the OC. Jerry won't change the head coach BUT he brings in Mcaniels to run this unit and allow Garrett to focus on being just the head coach, exactly what Jerry wanted. McDaniels wants another shot at being a head coach and being in New England he gets lost in the Belicheck & Brady ora. If he can lead this Dallas unit to the big numbers people have been waiting for McDaniels name goes back to the top of the list for head coaching positions.
THE OFFSEASON: As usual the cap seems to be a huge mess that we can never recover from but after a series of restructures with Carr and Romo the number drops. Witten and Ware agree to take cuts in their salary ala Doug Free to remain with the team and Miles Austin is a post June 1st cut giving Dallas some cap relief and allows Jerry to begin negotiations with Tyron Smith and Dez Bryant.
FREE AGENCY: I don't see Dallas being huge players in the market. As much as I, as a fan would love to see Dallas add Micheal Johnson, Greg Hardy and Jarius Byrd it's simply not in the budget. A couple of names to keep an eye out for however:
Henry Melton - The Texas native who is familiar with the scheme and staff (Marinelli) could join the boys at a modest price after undergoing knee surgery.
LaMarr Houston - Another former Longhorn who will be hitting free agency this season. Played inside and out in the Raiders hybrid defensive but at (6'3 305lbs) Houston would plug in at the 3-tech.
Stevie Brown - Brown was a stud FS for the Giants before going down with the knee injury. Unfortunately for him his replacement has performed admirably making him expendable. When healthy Brown is a deep middle safety who has the ball skills to make plays on the back end. Dallas could get Brown on a 1yr show me contract to prove the knee is healthy.
Out of the 3 Houston is the more likely wanting to distance himself from the Raiders and get paid for his services.
2014 NFL DRAFT: Dallas goes into the draft with a few question marks at OG, DE, DT, LB, CB and FS. Kansas City comes calling for the cowboys pick with Eric Ebron still on the board. Dallas moves back to the 27th spot and takes the 91st and the 123rd.
1st round - Kony Ealy (DE) Missouri - The edge rusher wrecked havoc on opposing o-lines throughout his time at Mizzou. At 6'4 275 Ealy has the size to hold up in the run game and still blow by you for the sack.
2nd round - Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG) UCLA - Su'a-Filo is a balanced protector in both the run and pass. He comes from a zone scheme so he understands the concepts. Played both left guard and left tackle in his time with the bruins so he has scheme versatility.
3rd round - Kelcy Quarles (DT) S. Carolina - Quarles in the prototype 1-tech. He's tough against the run but has the quickness to cause havoc in the pass game
3rd round (KC) - Christian Kirksy (LB) Iowa - The most athletic of the 3 Iowa lbs Kirksy can flow sideline to sideline and make plays. Will challenge Bruce Carter for the will spot in camp.
4th round - Aaron Lynch (DE) South Florida - Lynch unfortunately has not lived up to the hype he created with an outstanding freshman season at Notre Dame. He seemed unmotivated at times at USF which explains why a guy with 1st round talent is still available in the 4th. Dallas takes the risk because at 6'6 265 the talent is there and we all know who gets the most out of his talent...Coach Rod!
4th round (KC) Kenny Shaw (WR) Florida State - Wide out is not a huge concern for Dallas having Dez, T-Will, Harris and Mr. Beasley however, with Miles being cut a spot is open and filling it with a dynamic wr who can play inside, outside and return punts isn't a bad thing is it??? Shaw has the ability to work the middle of the field and get open and when he has the ball in his hands he makes people miss turning a 5 yrd catch into a big gain.
5th round - Jonathan Dowling (FS) W. Kentucky - I like this kid! He's got the size at 6'2 and athleticism to be a great deep safety in the NFL. Does need to add a few pounds to his slim frame but the kid can ball. 3 ints in one game vs Kentucky shows he can make big time plays.
*Dallas Trades 2 of the 7th round picks to New England for their 6th rd*
6th round - Jay Bromley (DT) Syracuse - One of the better interior linemen who never gets talked about. Plays on a unit that did not allow a 100 yard rusher all season. Bromley was also one of the leading sack men among interior d-linemen in the NCAAA
7th round - Austin Wentworth (OT) Fresno State - Wentworth is a great find in the 7th giving the boys insurance in case Doug Free goes all Doug Free on us and reverts back to old form.
53 going into the season (starters in bold):
QB: Romo, Orton
RB: Murray, Dunbar, Randle, Tanner
TE: Witten, Hanna, Escobar
WR: Dez, T-Will, Harris, Beasley, Shaw
OL: Tron, Leary, Frederick, Su'a-Filo, Free, Bernardeau, Parnell, Costa, Wentworth
DL: Ealy, Quarles, Houston, Ware, Selvie, Hayden, Bass, Crawford, Bromley, Lynch
LB: Holloman, Lee, Carter, Wilber, Lawrence, Kirksy
CB: Carr, Claiborne, Scandrick, Moore, Webb
S: Church, Wilcox, Heath, Dowling, McCray
Specials: Ladouceur, Bailey, Jones
*Dallas trades 2015 1st (32nd), 2nd (64) and 2016 2nd for a top 2 pick selecting Jameis Winston QB Florida State*
I guy can dream! lol What do you guys think?