The Dallas Cowboys Top Ten Biggest Needs By Position

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After posting a third straight 8-8 record without a postseason appearance, there are some very clear-cut areas of need for the Dallas Cowboys to fill in 2014.  Especially on the defensive side of the ball, as Dallas played the worst defense in the NFL last year. (and the worst in franchise history)

Although some of the needs are obvious, there are also some that you might not have given much thought about. Therefore, here is my ranking of the ten biggest areas of need for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones (6) gets off a punt during third quarter action against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

10. Punter

Let’s face it. Current Cowboys punter, Chris Jones, is not the worst player at his position. But he’s also far from the best. And last year’s stats support this opinion. In 2013, Jones punted the ball 77 times. (16th most in the league) His gross punting average was 45.0 yards. (19th in the league) Again, simply average.

In his favor, Jones ranked second in the NFL with 27 fair catches. This means he’s getting above average height and air time on his punts. And he tied for 8th in punts within the 20-yard line with 30. Unfortunately, the punter he is tied with obtain the same results in 21 less attempts.

For me, where a punter shines is getting the ball out of bounds within the 10-yard line. But when is the last time you remember Jones doing that? Yeah, me neither.

Jones’ is an average punter who happens to be a restricted free agent this offseason. I’m fairly certain no team will put in an offer for him, but the truth is Dallas could do better. And it would probably cost them less.

Jones is coming off a three-year, $1.395 million contract. Obviously, he’s not breaking the bank. But Jones is also far from a Pro Bowl punter. If the team signs him for the league minimum, that would make sense. Anything more means it’s time to cut bait. At the very least, the Cowboys should bring in a couple undrafted free agent punters this offseason to push for Jones’ job.

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  • Old Frog

    I hope JJ, McClay, and Linehan agree with your assessment that we need a premier guard rather than rotational help. We’ll have to wait until May to find out.

  • SmartThinking

    Murray and Lee have played two and three seasons and missed significant time due to injuries because, as good as they are, Jones didn’t pay attention to their history when he drafted them.

    Injury history needs to be taken more seriously in the drafting process. Otherwise, this team is paying good money for damaged goods.

    Jones likes to pick up players that are hurt or have a history of injuries because he can get them cheaper. He’s a wildcatter so he’s used to betting on the Come.

    Claiborne, Murray, Lee and a few others on this team had to either undergo surgeries or recover from surgeries before they could take a snap for the Cowboys. And the result has been a continuing long trail of missed games at critical points in the season because they couldn’t get on the field.

    For the past two seasons, at least, injuries have devastated this team and cost them playoff runs. I wonder when it will occur to Jones and company that, even with all the money he’s spending, he’ll never get to the post season with players whose background indicate they’ve been hurt and continue to get hurt again and again.

    • Chesney Blair

      Murray and Lee have been excellent picks even with missed games. I can see the frustration though. Wasn’t there a rumor for Murray to be traded this year? What happen to that? Who got that out? I wouldn’t mind getting Tre Mason a power running back this year. Secondly the injuries were not restricted to the recent draft picks. Our team is getting older and all those over the top contracts have a funny way of catching back up on us (Austin, Ratliff). We just don’t have enough people willing to fight for us.

  • GoalLineStan

    Your order needs to change. It should be 4, 1, 2, 3. Then 1, 2, 3 again. All the rest is grist for the mill.

  • Chesney Blair

    Hahhaha. I just wish there was a stat showing you how important a safety is vs de. I would say our pressing needs is in order: dt, de, guard, lb, rt, cb,safety,qb, rb, wr..

  • truecowboysfan

    Why DeMarco Muarry… He does a good job at the running back position

  • truecowboysfan

    Why DeMarco Muarry… He did a terrific job at the running back position… Now the quarterback position should change cause Romo is no good

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