It’s no secret Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones loves the glitz and glamour when it comes to bringing in players to the organization. He’s a businessman, and because he thinks people buy tickets only to see the biggest player of name, he continues to drop big dollars and high picks on name recognition. It’s probably a good thing Jerry has no money to spend this offseason otherwise you could expect him to be out there dropping ridiculous money on players the Cowboys don’t need right now.
Most people are going to call me a crazy person when I say this, but in order for Dallas to compete next season they need to use at least their first three picks in the draft on linemen. Whether it’s on offense or defense it doesn’t matter. Both units are in need of some serious upgrading. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer are going to get their chances to get upfield and cause problems for opposing offenses, but in the Tampa 2 scheme Dallas is switching to, they are undersized and will be left vulnerable in the run game.
The offensive line is clearly worse for wear than the defensive line is at this time. The two biggest needs are guard and center. The two guards Dallas signed last offseason, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau weren’t horrible, but they weren’t that good either, and both positions could use some upgrading and depth.
Along the same lines, Dallas is in need of a serious player at the center position. The combination of an injury-plagued Phil Costa, and no-names Ryan Cook and Kevin Kowalski are not getting the job done. Jerry needs to bit the bullet and spend a high pick on a clear area of need.
Most people are going to tell you who the Cowboys should select at these positions of need, but ultimately it’s mostly a crap-shoot anyway. I could sit here and tell you I like so-and-so and Dallas should go after such-and-such, but because there are so many variables it makes no sense to throw around names.
Unfortunately, unless these two units are upgraded in a hurry, Dallas will continue to be stuck in an endless circle of mediocrity.
Some would argue Dallas needs to use their first/second-round pick on a safety. I disagree for a couple of reasons. One, there is a saturation of defensive backs in this year’s free agent pool. There are going to be some serviceable players that are going to be forced to take a heavily discounted tender if they want to play at all next year. Second, there are some good options projected in the mid-to-late rounds that could prove to be bargains the Cowboys are in need of.
All I hope for is that Jerry Jones sees the blueprint that has been laid out for success by teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Both teams value the offensive and defensive linemen and because of this they are set up for success. If Jones and Co. keep getting glamour pieces they will never compete. And unless something drastic happens soon, the talents of players like Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Ware will fade and be wasted.