Super Bowl complete. With the Chiefs beating the 49ers, the whole of the NFL heads into the offseason. Free agency and then the draft will help to remake each team in the NFL, including the Cowboys. Of course, Dallas is undergoing an even more extreme makeover with a new head coach and a revamped coaching staff.
Given all the change, we’ll take a peek and see how the team is perceived around the league in a new ESPN power ranking. The ESPN poll used the votes of over 80 writers and TV guys to make their list. Just where do the Cowboys rank at this point in the offseason?
12. Dallas Cowboys
2019 record: 8-8
Reason for optimism: Mike McCarthy. That’s what Jerry Jones believes, anyway. The Cowboys believe they have a talented team entering its prime on both sides of the ball and would do far better with a different voice leading the way. The past two times Jones went outside the family, the Cowboys improved in that coach’s first season. After three consecutive 5-11 finishes, they went 10-6 in 2003 under Bill Parcells and made the playoffs. In Wade Phillips’ first season in 2007, the Cowboys went 13-3 with a young-ish team. McCarthy has a track record of success, with one Super Bowl and four NFC Championship Game appearances in Green Bay. His arrival brings hope. — Todd Archer
The Andy Reid model is what the Cowboys are after. A veteran offensive coach who took one franchise to a Super Bowl and then got another there. Although in Reid’s case he just won his first Super Bowl while Mike McCarthy already has one in the bag. The one real change the Cowboys are looking for in this model is that it won’t take McCarthy seven seasons to make that next Super Bowl. Ideally, he’ll shorten it down to one season.
The Cowboys are the highest ranked non-playoff team on the list. That seems to be a testament to the belief that they underachieved given the talent on their roster in 2019. That perceived underachievement cost Jason Garrett his job.
As for the rest of the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles come in at number 14, the New York Giants are 29th and Washington is 31st. Based on this, the consensus is that it will be a two-team race in the NFC East again in 2020.
What about it, BTB? Would you rank the Cowboys 12th? Maybe higher, or lower?