The Dallas Cowboys added several highly-rated rookies to their roster via the draft. Should that make them the favorites to win the NFC East?
The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2019 regular season with an 8-8 record. That placed the Cowboys second in the NFC East, behind the 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles. The 4-12 New York Giants and the 3-13 Washington Redskins both earned top-four selections in last week’s NFL draft.
Unless either the Giants or the Redskins experience a drastic turnaround, the division figures to be a two-team race between the Cowboys and the Eagles this upcoming season. With Dallas coming off a terrific draft which landed them several highly-rated rookies, should the Cowboys now be considered the favorites to win the NFC East?
The acquisition of Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs, Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, Tulsa defensive back Reggie Robinson, Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz, Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae, and James Madison quarterback Ben DiNucci is being touted as one of the best draft hauls of 2020.
But after a coaching regime change which saw longtime head coach Jason Garrett replaced with former Super Bowl winner Mike McCarthy in January, plus his subsequent changes to the coaching staff, this isn’t the same team from last season. For better or worse.
Throw-in the unexpected retirement of All-Pro center Travis Frederick plus several free agency losses like defensive end Robert Quinn, cornerback Byron Jones, tight end Jason Witten, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, safety Jeff Heath, and wide receiver Randall Cobb; and it’s clear that this will be a much different roster than to one that took the field just last year.
When asked if the Cowboys should be the favorites to win their division this upcoming season, here’s how105.3 The Fan’s Jeff Cavanaugh responded during an episode of The Draft Show for DallasCowboys.com recently.
"“I’d say no. I’d say you got to prove it. The Eagles won the division with an incredibly depleted team last year. I will probably pick the Cowboys to win the division because I believe that your record in one-score games evens out year to year. I believe that their going to win 10 to 11 games. But they should not be the favorite.”"
The Dallas Cowboys and their fans are surely hoping their recent moves will be enough to win them the NFC East for the fourth time in the last seven years. But the fact is America’s Team has experienced more offseason changes than it has in nearly a decade.
The addition of a new head coach, many staff changes, several new starters, and a lingering contract situation involving your franchise quarterback amid an offseason program stunted by a worldwide pandemic makes this upcoming season wildly unpredictable. There’s simply no way to know if it all will result in better performance by the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.