This is not a team that requires rebuilding. This is a team that needs a front office and coaching staff to take the next step in putting the right people on the field for the right price. One that needs to put wins over loyalty and choose football wins over merchandise sales. I believe we’re here….finally.
The off season, in my opinion, was a success. We chose common sense over loyalty in letting injury-ridden defensive end DeMarcus Ware walk. We all love Ware, but, it’s time to get to the business of putting youth and energy back into the defensive equation. We refused to pay defensive end Jason Hatcher his overinflated asking price and subsequently wooed defensive end Henry Melton into a “play for your pay” contract.
Executive Vice President Stephen Jones commented when asked about this by 105.3 The Fan:
“We’ve had a rough run there in our defensive front,” Stephen said. “Obviously a very agonizing decision with DeMarcus [Ware], then we had to let Hatcher go down the road…With injuries and the tough situations with [Jeremiah] Ratliff and [Anthony] Spencer, we were certainly needing to try to do something in free agency to help us out. As it turns out, I think we’ve done something with the signing of Henry Melton that really helped our football team.”
The clouds parted and the sun started to peek through upon Valley Ranch. Well, well, well. Hope was starting to show it’s face again. And that’s not one of the usual four letter words we Cowboys’ fans tend to throw around as of late when speaking of our beloved team. There are a couple that get hurled at the television and I can assure you that “hope” has not been one of them.
Woo sah. Let’s continue, shall we? With a much better than average off season (not perfect, but certainly light years beyond the usual), we set our sights on the 2014 NFL Draft. Fans and media pundits alike were in agreeance that if the Cowboys were to truly prove that they had turned over a new leaf, they would have to nail the Draft. Or rather tie it to a steel post and drive rivets through it. Yes, we needed it that badly.