How The Dallas Cowboys Can Change The Culture (Part Two)

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) leaves the field in the second quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The last major issue with the structure of the organization comes with their haphazard treatment of the salary cap.  No one over spends on their own talent more than Jerry Jones.  We touched on some of the pointless extensions given to WR’s such as Roy Williams and Miles Austin in Sunday’s column but it doesn’t stop there.  Using 2006 as the barometer once again, the Cowboys have given costly extensions to THIRTEEN different players that were released after getting paid without every fulfilling the contract extension.  This practice will continue this year as Miles Austin is all but gone.  There is also serious contemplation in regard to releasing DeMarcus Ware, primarily because the Joneses have messed up the cap so badly with these other players, they have asked Ware to restructure his deservedly earned deal three straight years and now owe him $25 million over the next two years.

Unfortunately, it’s a continual issue that will not end if and when Austin and Ware are no longer Cowboys.  With Dallas over the cap by close to $30 million, how do you think they will find themselves under the cap?  Tony Romo, Sean Lee and Brandon Carr, all recent recipients of major long term deals will restructure said deals robbing the future to fix the present.  So, if Carr’s drop in play last year was not an aberration and instead a harbinger of things to come, instead of his deal becoming more and more palatable to get out from underneath, Dallas will hit themselves with double whammy of releasing an under-performing, supremely salary cap detrimental player.

Are the Cowboys in danger of losing a Dez Bryant or a Tyron Smith?  Luckily, the answer is no because Jerry has no problem breaking out the checkbook to retain home grown talent.  The issue becomes what effect those signings that are due right around the corner will have on adding supporting talent.  Even if the Cowboys were somehow miraculously able to mimic the draft patterns of a team such as the Seattle Seahawks and acquire cheap yet phenomenal talent, chances are Jerry would become enamored with them and overpay them for no reason.  You know, much like he did Jay Ratliff.

The good news is that all of these problem areas can be easily fixed without creating a losing product on the field.  Dallas has their next Michael Irvin in Dez Bryant. Jason Garrett could be the coach of this team for several years to come.  If Dallas employs a strategically conservative draft approach and focuses on known talent who played for major programs instead of constantly trying to find talent in obscurity or banking on injury-prone talent, the young talent may emerge.  Bucking up and getting through the next couple of years without restructuring deals or creating dead money issues will free up the cap sooner rather than later.

It can be done… the question in Dallas is always will it be done?

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  • Earl Robertson

    That is what makes me sick, they pick small college players, injured players, and projected players instead of sound big time school players! They used a 6 th round pick to get Hollman and he looks more of a player maker then any 3rd,4th round picks they wasted on picking some no name from say WEst Texas A&M

  • SmartThinking

    Sadly, everything you’ve written in this thoughtful piece is dead on accurate. But here’s the hard to swallow part: Nothing’s gonna change.

    Jones is apparently impervious to criticism, even when it’s constructive. I just cannot understand how he can reflect positively on the past five or ten years and continue to think he’s the smartest guy in the room.

    Even super colossal ego maniacs in charge, once confronted with multiple failures, begin to realize they’re not a smart as they think. That epiphany continues to fly over this guy’s head.

    And the scary part is, based on his most recent media quotes, I think little Jones is, quite literally, a chip of the blockhead of his dad. To me, that means even if we could get rid of big Jones, little Jones isn’t gonna be much different and the chaos and ineptitude will continue.

    Sad. very sad.

  • Old Frog

    I get how good it must feel several years after the fact to have scored a DeMarcus Ware or Larry Allen from a small school but to me those are exceptions and not likely to be replicated with any consistency. Big schools without injuries would seem to be the prudent way to go. JJ got a little cute and maybe a little lucky with Frederick last year and may be emboldened to try it again. Maybe it will work; maybe it won’t.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Everything you have stated is correct. As stated below, it is amazing how two (JJ and Jr) idiots could run the Cowboys so poorly and for so long. Just goes to show everyone that being rich does not mean one is intelligent.

  • Malcolm Currie

    Yea, I’m tired of these losers drafting losers from small programs trying to prove they’re talent evaluators, this culture can’t be changed by adding losers to a group of losers with a loser coach, we need winners!