A year ago at this time, the Dallas Cowboys were basically in the same position they are right now.
The franchise was still 8-8, its defense was awful, there was no money for free agency and the Cowboys were already looking to the NFL draft.
Deja vu sure is fun, isn’t it?
But there is a key difference as of now.
If you’ll think back, it was assumed, as the draft approached, that Dallas would immediately address its offensive line which had just paved the way for a pathetic 1,265 yards rushing for the season. The offense’s average time of possession, per drive, was a ridiculous 2:45.
In other words, the Cowboys either scored quickly or went three-and-out.
You’ll recall names like offensive guards Jonathan Cooper, now with the Arizona Cardinals, and Chance Warmack of the Tennessee Titans as popular targets for Dallas in numerous mock drafts. Obviously those two highly-rated blockers were long gone by the time the Cowboys first went on the clock in the first round.
All of that talk was going on because of two free-agent signings by owner and general manager Jerry Jones that either didn’t or haven’t panned out well. Guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau both arrived in Dallas during the 2012 offseason. One was released as the 2013 season was about to begin and the other could soon follow after having lost his starting job following numerous surgeries well within the last two years—you can figure out who’s who.
The lack of results brought forth by those two signings forced a significant renovation of an offensive line that basically got started after last season—but there’s one more piece of the puzzle that remains.