It was pretty embarrassing to see the reaction of Cowboy Nation last week when 34 year old defensive end, Jason Babin was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has been a pleasure for me to report about this being the Cowboys best off-season in a decade. With the exception of defensive end Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys have gotten rid of their older, expensive and often injured players. Cowboy Nation should be excited about this up-coming season because the Cowboys have gotten younger, stronger and faster – especially on the defensive side of the ball. In the process, the Cowboys have eliminated many of their salary cap problems. Thanks to Will McClay, Jerry Jones & team had a very solid 2014 NFL draft with multiple players from major NCAA Division 1 football programs. Why are you not excited? A better question – Why would you want to ruin our progress and go backwards?
When Sean Lee was injured, my heart cried as Cowboy Nation suggested we should sign a 36 year old, retired linebacker. Yes, I’m referring to the chants for Brian Urlacher. We should’ve been suggesting that Urlacher help defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli coach the linebackers, but not become a player! We relived that experience as the Jaguars released Jason Babin.
Sometimes, older players are considered to be a “Stop Gap”. A player that can play until a younger, stronger, faster player can be selected in the next off-season. Babin with the Cowboys wouldn’t have been a “Stop Gap”, he would’ve been a “Step Back”. It’s hard to argue within Cowboy Nation because many of you just love a player with a name. That’s not a bad thing, except when you want old name players.