Are The Dallas Cowboys Rebuilding Or Contending? Let The Kids Play!


Are the Dallas Cowboys rebuilding or are they contending for titles? It’s hard to tell what the Cowboys are expecting out of this upcoming season. Drafting strategies and position battles at middle linebacker, cornerback, and offensive guard will tell Cowboys fans much more than who is the better player, but also will shed light on the coaching staff’s and front office’s expectations for this season.

The draft strategy of the Cowboys indicates that the Cowboys want to win now as opposed to later. Rookie and jack-of-all-trades offensive lineman, Zack Martin, shows promise and potential to be a great lineman for years to come, but Jerry Jones was more concerned for his early production. Zack Martin was drafted solely to protect quarterback Tony Romo, in his post-back surgery years. Both Martin and second round selection DeMarcus Lawrence were drafted to provide an immediate impact at positions of need. The Cowboys drafted to contend.

Unfortunately for the ‘Boys, a wrench was thrown into their machine when star middle linebacker, Sean Lee, was likely lost for the season with a torn ACL. Names for his replacement started to pile up, but most expect the Cowboys to address the position in free agency. Although it may be tempting to grab a free agent replacement, maybe it’s time to start looking from within. Coach– let the kid’s play!

Starting at middle linebacker, the Cowboys have multiple options to cover for Lee’s absence. Second year linebacker and former a former 6th round selection, DeVonte Holloman, may be the Cowboys short term answer in the middle, and a long term solution for an outside position in the linebacking core. Holloman, while replacing Lee last season’s finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, was involved in 11 tackles and added his first two sacks of his NFL career. Holloman is a converted safety from his college days and his coverage instincts will be essential to replace Lee and his four interceptions from last season.

Speaking of coverage, there seemed to be little of it in Dallas last year. Although the Cowboys made a splash to move up and select cornerback, Morris Claiborne, 6th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, he has shown little to warrant that selection in his first two years as a pro. Claiborne can only boast two interceptions in his career, but it may be time to cut the kid some slack. Fans love when a player plays through injury, but rarely understand when it hinders their play. Claiborne did exactly that last season with his nagging dislocated shoulder injury and eventually lost his starting position. Claiborne’s progression, in the long run, may just be too valuable to the Cowboys. The ‘Boys might just have to stomach a few blown assignments here and there in order to get everything possible out of Claiborne and all that was invested in him.

The Cowboys must allow their younger players game experience. Short term fixes will continue to doom the ‘Boys into 8-8 mediocrity. Maybe by playing younger and less experienced players the Cowboys may lose an extra couple of gains, but for the good of the franchise, Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, and the Cowboys fan base must be patient. It may not be pretty and it certainly wont be perfect, but it’s time to see what the kids can bring to the team.

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  • laydbaak

    Doesn’t matter as long as Jerry is in control.

    • Aprado

      Don’t know if you been following the last two years but it seems like the old dog learned a new trick. Time to let this team grow. Not every player is going to be a star coming out of college.

    • laydbaak

      I stopped drinking that Kool-Aid years ago. I am 58 years and have watched the Cowboys for a long time. When Jerry got drunk and his ego got too big he fired Jimmy Johnson the decline of this team was evident from the start. Even when they won the SB afterwards that was all Jimmy Johnson. Jerry has been the killing this team ever since. So you take another drink and watch what happens this season. This team will not be anything until JJ is gone.

      • Greg Hill

        Reality √

  • Juanito Juanito

    still rebuilding in 2014

  • MrsDraWoo

    I totally agree with you on this. The calls to bring in veterans are just short term fixes. Sure not all these youngsters are going to work out immediately, but unless they get time on the field we’ll never know. After 8-8 with a god awful defense last year, we really have nothing else to lose.

  • SmartThinking

    Yeah. Let the kids play. Frankly, there’s nobody else left. Regarding the Lee matter, nobody out there appears to offer any better alternative than the kids we’ve got right now.

    But, what about Claiborne and Carr and Carter and Wilcox and Johnson and Crawford and Melton and Spencer and Bass and all the other question marks on the defensive side of the ball? Who do we complain to this time when these guys give away all the points this Dallas offense is going to put up game after game? Lawrence isn’t going to make this group significantly better by himself.

    After watching who Dallas acquired in the off season for this defense, and after seeing who they drafted, and then looking at this year’s schedule, I’ve got a real bad feeling this defense is going to give away every game Dallas plays this season. For all the positive things the offense has going for it, the defense has just as many negatives in its path. Prepare yourselves, folks. Unless something changes between now and opening night, we’re all going to be in for a very long and disappointing season. And this patchwork, porous defense is going to be the reason.

  • Guy Smith

    With Jerrah running things..NEITHER

  • ctcowboy1968

    First and second round draftee should be day 1 starters every year. These players must be impactful right away. That’s the way the rookie contract works.
    Zack was the best pick at that time. Also an excellent pick.
    Don’t pick up a FA to play MLB. Holloman can handle it. He is a playmaker and needs to be on the field as much as possible. He is a three down player.
    All DBs blow some assignments. No one is perfect. DBs need to have short memories and take some chances.