There is no shortage of excitement for the 2020 Dallas Cowboys offense. Everywhere you look there are people hyped to see how Kellen Moore is going to make things work in his second year as offensive coordinator, his first under new head coach Mike McCarthy.
The Cowboys were very successful offensively last year, metrics like Football Outsiders’ DVOA loved them. It is certainly tantalizing to consider what the group could look like with more experience together, Blake Jarwin in over Jason Witten, and oh yea, the new guy.
CeeDee Lamb fell all the way to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft and that is still hard to believe. What this group can do in 11 personnel is going to be a lot of fun to watch, and one former Cowboys player is certainly very hyped to see how that all goes.
Michael Irvin had QUITE the comparison for the Dallas Cowboys adding CeeDee Lamb
Often times we see people make comparisons for the current Dallas Cowboys to the teams of old, the ones that won Super Bowls and what not. Sometimes it is easy to see similarities in certain ways, many have likened the offensive line of today and elite run game that Ezekiel Elliott brings to what Emmitt Smith was able to do in the 1990s as an example.
One of Smith’s teammates, another leg of The Triplets, is Michael Irvin. The Playmaker has never been shy about his excitement for the Cowboys since becoming an NFL analyst and on Monday he was at it again. He compared the Cowboys drafting the newest member of Club 88 to the Golden State Warriors landing Kevin Durant in free agency four years ago.
“But let me just say this because it would not be supercilious of me to make this statement… What the Dallas Cowboys did in the 2020 NFL Draft by adding CeeDee Lamb to the number one offense in the National Football League… What Will McClay did, what Jerry Jones, those guys, Mike McCarthy did, by adding this guy, CeeDee Lamb, is akin, almost tantamount to Kevin Durant being added to a 73-win Warriors team.”
“That is not being arrogant to say adding him is like Kevin Durant being added to that Warriors team, especially offensively. They were already great offensively and they got one of the best players and one of the best young talents at wide receiver in the National Football League.”
“It is crazy what the Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to do, and this is the last thing I will put on this. I know if I am in that locker room… I love that Amari Cooper said everybody gets a thousand yards. Listen I didn’t mature that fast. I did not mature that fast. You could have never got me to say that. I was going to tell you those guys would have what I leave on the table. That’s the crumb that they would eat.”
“But I love that Amari Cooper went right out there, all of them can go and get a thousand yards in this new NFL. And this offense will take off. That defense will have to step up, and show up, for the Cowboys, and I believe they can.”
The Golden State Warriors immediately became the best team in the NBA by a wide margin when Kevin Durant joined them in free agency. They would go on to win two titles in a row in dominant fashion before ultimately falling to injuries and the Toronto Raptors last year and Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets.
That is about as far of a leap as you can make for this particular example. Dallas was a great offense last year to Irvin’s point, but the Warriors that Durant joined had won a title in the previous two years at the time. Not to mention that the Warriors had just finished with what was literally the greatest regular-season record in NBA history (although they did not win the title). The Cowboys didn’t even make the playoffs last year.
Perhaps you agree with Irvin and are looking at this strictly from an offensive standpoint and the potential that the Cowboys have on that side of the ball, kind of like the Warriors did. Golden State scored at will for the time that KD was a part of their team, we would all be so lucky if that were the case with CeeDee Lamb’s Cowboys.