Here are three of the best decisions the Dallas Cowboys made this offseason
By most accounts, the Dallas Cowboys had one of the best offseasons in recent memory. And while there are still lingering concerns to be addressed, most seem to feel confident the Cowboys will post an improved record in 2020.
Looking back on the past few months, we thought it would be a good idea to try and identify what we believe were the Cowboys’ best decisions this offseason. Here are our top three choices ….
Parting ways with Jason Garrett
It could be argued that the Cowboys’ decision not to retain Jason Garrett as their head coach this offseason following their fourth 8-8 ending record under the former offensive coordinator was six years too late. After all, Garrett started his near decade-long tenure at the helm of America’s Team posting three-straight 8-8 seasons without a playoff berth.
The jury is still out whether former Green Bay Packers head coach and Super Bowl winner, Mike McCarthy, was the right choice as Garrett’s replacement. But the decision to move on from their longtime head coach was the right one.
Drafting CeeDee Lamb
The Cowboys had several more pressing needs to address with their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft rather than receiver. After all, the ink on the five-year, $100 million contract extension given to wideout Amari Cooper isn’t even dry yet.
But the value of Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb at the 17th overall selection was simply too great to pass up. And while the Cowboys have made past draft decisions based more on team need and scheme fit over talent, they didn’t this time.
Not only did the choice ignite their fanbase and give the Cowboys one of the top receiving corps in the NFL, but it also stole Lamb’s possible selection by an NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. And that makes it even sweeter.
This one decision shifted the defensive focus in the right direction for the Dallas Cowboys
Signing Dontari Poe
For years fans of the Cowboys have been begging the organization to invest in a talented one-technique defensive tackle. Basically, a refrigerator with arms who could plug-up rushing lanes as well as be a run defender and interior disruptor.
Although it took the team parting ways with longtime defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to finally do it, the Cowboys signing of two-time Pro Bowler Dontari Poe demonstrates a fundamental shift on how Dallas plans to play opposing offenses moving forward. And that’s a good thing.
Weighing in at 6-foot-3, and a whopping 346 pounds, Poe has the size and power to be that dump truck full of dirt the Cowboys have needed up the middle for some time now. Combined with his fellow free-agent signee, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, these two figure to usher in a defensive resurgence for America’s Team in 2020.