Are the Dallas Cowboys making moves they will ultimately regret? I’m here to dispel that rumor. Because, what I’ve seen from the Cowboys as of late is a string of successful executive decisions.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has been known to be in the limelight concerning his team. Every time a piece is moved on this chess board, Jones gets criticized by the media. However, when you consider the outcome of moving the pawn over the knight, you realize the method to the madness.
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For example, the buzz of last year’s NFL draft was mainly about the possibility of quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming a Cowboy. There was so much anticipation about which direction the ‘Boys would go. When guard Zack Martin was selected as the first round pick, the backlash was intense.
The draftee from University of Notre Dame went on to become one of three rookies selected to the Pro Bowl. Martin was also the only rookie who was voted to the AP 2014 All-Pro team. In the end, the front office did what was best.
Another signing that had people scratching their heads was the acquisition of linebacker Rolando McClain. When anyone begins to wear The Star, I’m always optimistic about their performance. I want to see how much their skills can improve and what they can bring to the team. The linebacker, who was technically retired after playing for the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens, decided to give this football thing another try.
McClain quickly became a leader on the defensive side of the ball. He added an attitude and aggressiveness that was needed as well as noticeable. He was brought on to fill the void that linebacker Sean Lee left after he was inadvertently injured by Martin during organized team activities in May. Lee missed the entire season but is expected to return in 2015.
In exchange, McClain contributed added pressure that the defense was lacking. Even though his performance began to slow down after Week Nine, he was still responsible for 12 starts in 13 games as well as two interceptions, one sack, and over 100 tackles. Again, the ‘Boys win.
The most recent incident that gave Dallas a mean side eye from the masses was when running back DeMarco Murray parted ways with America’s Team and went on to sign with division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray was a free agent and Dallas was on a budget. This is still a job at the end of the day so the leading rusher went where the money was under the guise of winning a Super Bowl.
"“We have great appreciation for his skills, and if there was no salary cap in place, DeMarco would be a Cowboy. This came down to an allocation of dollars within the management of the salary cap. Obviously there is emotion involved in these decisions, but it is critical that there be must be discipline involved as well. If it were a question of having an open checkbook with no salary cap constraints, we all know things would have worked out differently.” – Jerry Jones on DeMarco Murray by Fox Sports"
Many have asked what the Dallas Cowboys will do without Murray and the answer is simple – Finish the Fight. We have an offensive line that is capable of making lanes that a blind man can see. The upcoming draft is also saturated with running backs.
In the same light, the ‘Boys acquired running back Darren McFadden from the Raiders in free agency. A lot of people turned their noses up at the outcome but McFadden is working with a completely different set of guys now.
Let’s not forget we have Ryan Williams, Lance Dunbar, and Joseph Randle in the same group who are more than capable of making plays. Randle was responsible for three touchdowns last season, which may not seem like a lot to some, but every play matters in my book.
The moral of the story is I’ve learned not to seriously question what the front office does as much as I once did. Head Coach Jason Garrett, executive vice president Stephen Jones, and assistant director of player personnel Will McClay are doing a herculean job making the right choices for this team. If you’re going to believe in the ‘Boys on the field, you also need to have confidence in the ‘Boys in the office. Everyone wants what’s best for this team and the best is yet to come.