The last couple of years, the Dallas Cowboys have had the “December blues”. Starting off strong and doing well up until December/January. The 2010 season, ofcourse, being the exception to this as they did not do well at all. To a lot of fans, they blame this collapse on Tony Romo. However, it really proves that Dallas has a depth problem and not a quarterback problem. The Cowboys just haven’t been deep enough to make a legit run at playoff consistency. But it looks like the Cowboys are beginning to address these problems with their recent free agency signings and hopefully into the draft.
In free agency this year, Dallas has begun making acquisitions toward a “youth movement”. They added a younger backup quarterback, younger lineman and younger secondary pieces. With the draft coming up in April, my hope is Dallas continues to add to the positions of secondary and offensive line as they are priority. A stronger defense will keep opponent points down. And a stronger offensive line will not only be good for Tony Romo, but it will also assist the running game. (something that has sorely been lacking as of late)
I am especially impressed with the signings of Brodney Pool and Brandon Carr to the secondary. But it makes me wonder who will back them up? In the draft, it would be wise to have at least one cornerback and/or one safety drafted to add to the depth of the secondary. I could also see Dallas drafting some defensive ends as well.
The depth at quarterback has been addressed with the signing of Kyle Orton. A younger backup for Tony Romo means if he gets injured, and the offensive line isn’t addressed, Dallas has someone who is more mobile and can play behind an imperfect line. With this being the last year on McGee’s rookie contract, I see him staying as the number 3 quarterback and Dallas drafting a quarterback in the 2013 draft to replace him. McGee hasn’t done nearly enough to impress and prove he is a reliable backup or a starting quarterback.
A lot of fans are disappointed that Kevin Ogletree will be returning for at least the next season. The signing of Ogletree back to Dallas may not be such a bad thing. Last season, Raymond Radway would have likely made the 53-man roster last year if not for the broken leg he suffered against Miami in the last pre-season game. With Radway more than likely coming back, I’m interested to see if Dallas uses Ogletree as the number three receiver or as another threat on special teams where he did well in the 2010 season with 6 returns for 109 yards.
With this youth movement, Dallas seems to be slowly addressing the Achilles heel that has plagued them: Depth. Hopefully these changes can help the team to make a consistent run long into the season…and not just the first half.