The Dallas Cowboys solution for success is patience

May 24, 2017; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett bumps fists with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after practice at the Star in Frisco. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2017; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett bumps fists with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after practice at the Star in Frisco. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Cowboys haven’t seen so much flux with their roster in years. While there are real questions, the fix-all solution is patience.

With six starters and key backups gone from the playoff campaign, Dallas Cowboys fans are already starving for solutions.

There’s still plenty of Kool-Aid going around after a solid draft, yet there’s also the doom and gloom crowd hot on their trail.

Jason Garrett‘s “it’s a process” mantra will be on full display this summer. The calm head coach will allow progress and answers to appear at a natural pace.

This team is now more talented than 2016. It simply needs time to learn, develop, and gain experience. It won’t be sudden or pretty, but the end result will be worthy.


Two new starters will join the offensive line to replace guard Ron Leary and tackle Doug Free. Past Cowboys starter La’el Collins will prevent a drop-off at one spot.

Jonathan Copper and Byron Bell have never taken a game snap in the Dallas offense as they compete with Chaz Green to land a starting role.

Collins is moving from left guard to right tackle to cross train. My take is he’s getting prevention reps to help solve potential issues down the road.

Green will likely get the start at right tackle with Collins back at left guard. However, Green has struggled with injuries so Collins is being prepared.

The mixing and matching is all part of the process to find the best five starting unit.


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The Cowboys lost four key players (2,643 snaps) from the 2016 secondary.

The draft and free agency added six new faces (four corners, two safeties) to fill the gaps. While talent is oozing all over the field, experience is lacking.

All-American rookie Jourdan Lewis was a stud corner in college. Cole Beasley will still work him over like a rented mule this summer.

It’s not an inexperienced player’s fault. The game moves much faster on this level and there’s much more to process. Once the game slow’s down they’ll be fine.

Xavier Woods has all the talent and moxie to steal Jeff Heath‘s starting strong safety spot. Yet we won’t get to see his extreme physicality until August.

I believe those two will be rookie starters in the secondary come September.

But it’s gonna take patience while they take some lumps. Learning how to cover the old war horse Jason Witten and a slippery Beasley is no academic task.


David Irving was recently suspended four games for ‘accidentally’ taking a banned over the counter supplement.

He’s appealing the ruling and a reduction is possible. Either way he provided more delays in cementing the defensive line rotation.

It seems almost certain rookie Taco Charlton and DeMarcus Lawrence will be the starting ends.

Don’t expect Charlton to come out the gates ready to wreak havoc. The best tackle in all of football, Tyron Smith, will be across the line waiting to teach a few lessons.

With so much position flex in this group we can surely expect a lot of flopping around.

Rod Marinelli will find his best four and even he doesn’t know who they are yet.


Dallas has several key players recovering from injuries or surgeries last year.

Green (back), Lawrence (back), Smith (back), Geoff Swaim (foot), James Hanna (knee), Jaylon Smith (knee), and Tyrone Crawford (shoulder) will all need extra rest.

The youth infusion will develop faster with the extra reps. And new free agents like Bell, Cooper, Nolan Carroll, and Robert Blanton will get solid work.

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There’s a lot of flux and uncertainty with this new team heading into summer. The talent is bursting at the seams, all it will take is patience to allow the process.