I typically don’t care about what the mainstream media says about the Dallas Cowboys. I try my best to avoid the negativity that comes from much of the national media that is directed towards the team. But every once in a while I stumble upon an article that makes me want to pull my hair out with each and every word.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com recently wrote a piece about the best rosters in the NFL and ranked them from 1-32. Silva, whose opinion I respect, ranked the Cowboys with the 21st best overall roster in the league. And the ranking itself isn’t even what infuriated me. It was the last two lines he wrote about the Cowboys roster:
“The Cowboys’ talent is mediocre and their roster planning seems to lack direction. The arrow is pointing downward on this team.”
The talent is mediocre? The arrow is pointing downward on this team? I could not disagree more with this statement.
In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys were in a major rebuilding project even after making the playoffs in 2009. Under head coach Wade Phillips, the team started out 1-7 with an aging roster. In just three years, 17 of the 22 starters on the team of 2010 are gone. The only starters that remain are Romo, Ware, Witten, Austin, Spencer, and Ratliff. After Phillips was fired midway through the 2010 season, Jason Garrett took over the team and officially became the head coach in 2011.
Since 2010, they have drafted potentially 10 projected starters for their 2013 starting lineup.
The Dallas Cowboys were 8-6 last year heading into the final two games of the season. They played the Washington Redskins with a chance to win the division in their final game. And here are the players who could not play in the game due to injury:
Sean Lee (toe), Bruce Carter (elbow), Phil Costa (back), Barry Church (torn achilles), Josh Brent (dismissed from team), Matt Johnson (hamstring) Jay Ratliff (toe), Ernie Sims (concussion), Orlando Scandrick (fractured hand.)
I’m not making excuses, but this team was one missed field goal against the Ravens and one fingertip out of bounds against the Giants from being a double digit win team despite all the injuries. The writer makes the statement that the team lacks direction with their current roster and I couldn’t disagree more.
Here is a look at how young some of the core players are on the team:
Tyron Smith – 22
Travis Frederick – 22
Morris Claiborne – 23
Dez Bryant – 24
DeMarco Murray – 25
Bruce Carter – 25
Barry Church – 25
Brandon Carr – 26
Sean Lee – 26
The Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver, starting running back, left tackle, center, two stud linebackers, two very good cornerbacks and starting safety are all 26 or younger. The core of the team is young and extremely talented. The team is stockpiling young talent at the most important position.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, their season isn’t doomed because some writer doubts the talent on this team. And in 16 weeks we will be able to decide if this team is truly on the downswing as Silvia suggest, or inching ever closer to their sixth Lombardi trophy. Their team is loaded with young, developing players who are as hungry as ever. The team is definitely on the upswing and is poised to make a a serious playoff run in 2013.