The Dallas Cowboys have stumbled out of the starting block but its fans just need to take a deep breath and allow the team to find themselves.
The Dallas Cowboys carry a 1-2 record heading into this weekend’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns and many are already shoveling dirt on their grave. All of the signs pointed to a slow start but we allowed ourselves to get carried away with the preseason hype.
Start off with a new head coach who is limited in the offseason with his players and sprinkle in zero preseason games to get to know what type of players he has is bound to be a recipe for disaster.
The truth of the matter is the Dallas Cowboys are only a handful of plays from being 3-0. Contrary to popular belief, the sky is not falling in Frisco, Arlington, or any other city that houses our beloved Cowboys.
Quarterback Dak Prescott leads the league in most of the passing statistical categories while the three-headed monster at receiver are all on pace for 1,000 receiving yards. The offensive line has been a patchwork so far but it has been able to keep Dak upright enough for him to keep this team in contention late int he fourth quarter.
The coaching staff has also shown the ability to adjust in games although I must admit that they have stubbornly kept some points of focus too much in games. This is a process that could have been sifted through during the preseason which head coach Mike McCarthy did not get to have.
Most of us have endured the monotony of how much information one can digest through zoom meetings so it is a testament to this coaching staff that much of the injuries have thrust young players into game action much earlier than anticipated.
For those young players to learn a new playbook without actually being in the building shows that this coaching staff has done wonders with the situation given. I have not even begun to mention the rash of injuries that have crippled certain positions. A battle of attrition was one I talked about early in the offseason.
So why exactly should everyone be relaxed with a team that has started off 1-2?
One major domino that looks like it is about to fall is getting left tackle Tyron Smith back into the lineup. That gives the Dallas Cowboys more options when dealing with the injuries along the offensive line. Other injured players will also eventually start trickle back onto the active roster.
Getting Smith back into the lineup not only helps Dak Prescott with his blindside protection but it should also help with the overall push the offensive line has not generated without him. Tackle Brandon Knight has done a wonderful job in pass protection but his run blocking just isn’t the same as Smith’s.
On the flip-side, Knight would be an upgrade at run blocking over undrafted rookie free agent Terrance Steele. If this duo can remain stable on the outside, Zack Martin can now concentrate on his inside duties where there is literally nobody better.
It also gives the coaching staff real decisions to make and play the five best available linemen. After watching film, Rookie center Tyler Biadasz might already be better than Joe Looney and just needs the experience to make all of the line calls. Looney could also hypothetically play left guard as Connor Williams looks like he might have returned from his injury too soon.
Mike McCarthy was the head coach when Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously told everyone to R-E-L-A-X and I offer the same advice. The Packers went on to win four straight games and finished with a 12-4 record. They eventually lost to the Seattle Seahawks int he NFC Championship game.
The Dallas Cowboys have the fifth easiest remaining schedule according to ESPN analyst Mike Clay while the Philadelphia Eagles have the hardest remaining schedule. I truly believe that the Dallas Cowboys are going to start a bit of a run and McCarthy is going to really find out what he has on this roster. Before he does, everyone needs to relax.