5 moves the Cowboys should have made much sooner

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Here are five moves the Dallas Cowboys should have made much earlier

They say hindsight is 20/20. For the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, it’s also an important evaluation tool for their new coaching staff. Especially considering the team currently possesses an underwhelming 3-7 record.

But as we begin to evaluate the moves of first-year head coach Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff, it paints a grim picture of poor decision-making and slow reactions to issues with obvious solutions that severely impacted the win/loss column.

Heading into Week 12, here are five moves the Cowboys should have absolutely made much sooner which would have likely changed the trajectory of what might still become a lost season.

5. Played Connor McGovern sooner

After watching 2019 third-rounder Connor McGovern play well in his start against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, it makes one wonder why this coaching staff refused to play him early on.

The Cowboys seemed more than happy to sit back and mothball McGovern as undrafted rookie Terence Steele struggled his way through nine starts before shifting All-Pro guard Zack Martin to replace him at right tackle last week.

This is a bit baffling as McGovern was a highly-touted third-round selection by the Cowboys just last year. Although he missed his entire rookie season with a pectoral injury, he certainly benefited from being around the team’s talented offensive line all year.

McGovern figured to be a key member of this offensive line this season, especially considering the surprising retirement of center Travis Frederick, the poor play of left guard Connor Williams, and the numerous injuries that decimated this positional group. But the 23-year old didn’t even see a single offensive snap until Week Five, where he got a total of two.

Ironically, what might have opened the door to McGovern getting more opportunities is a hamstring injury suffered by rookie center Tyler Biadasz. It was likely much more attractive to the Cowboys’ coaching staff to have the inexperienced McGovern starting between veterans in Martin and center Joe Looney rather than next to Biadasz, a 2020 fourth-rounder.