So, about the Dallas Cowboys' mantra this season. "Carpe Omnia." It means to seize everything, which indicated Jerry Jones and Co. would leave no stone unturned in pursuit of a Super Bowl. In fairness, the offseason trades for Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore gave fans reason to believe 2023 would be different.
Like most years, the deadline was largely a snoozer. There was nary a blockbuster trade, but that didn't stop the Cowboys' foremost NFC rivals -- including the Eagles, 49ers, Lions, and Seahawks -- from upgrading their respective rosters.
Every top team in the conference improved on Tuesday with the exception of the Cowboys. Even the division-rival Giants and Commanders set up a brighter future by offloading expiring contracts for draft compensation.
Suffice it to say fans are furious with Jerry Jones and the front office.
Best memes and tweets from furious Cowboys fans after Jerry Jones' dormant trade deadline
Frozen like an interior OL when Micah Parsons kicks inside to rush the passer.
Nobody likes their guys more than the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy echoed this multiple times before the deadline. That doesn't make it any less comforting, however. Few teams draft and develop better than Dallas, but that philosophy only gets you so far. Need we remind the people of the last time they appeared in the NFC Championship Game? We like our guys, though.
The Cowboys have one (1) defensive linemen -- DeMarcus Lawrence -- on a high-priced contract. Micah Parsons will soon double that tally, but Nick Bosa just became the NFL's highest-paid defender and the 49ers signed Javon Hargrave to a three-year, $39 million contract last offseason. That didn't stop them from adding a former No. 2 overall pick in Chase Young, who's one of this season's most efficient pass rushers.
Care to guess how much the Cowboys' non-Lawrence DL make this year? Just over $15 million combined for eight players.
Precisely. The Cowboys rested on their laurels while other contenders with similarly-talented rosters moved the needle to upgrade.
Another great point. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take," and Jones admitted last week that he doesn't initiate conversations about trades. This is fundamentally what separates the Cowboys from the 49ers and Eagles and why Dallas is looking up at them in terms of playoff success and roster building.
There was no reason for the Cowboys to not make a move.
There's more parity in the NFL this year than we can remember. The once-invincible 49ers have dropped three straight games. The Chiefs just lost to the Broncos. The Eagles lost to a Jets team that didn't have their top three cornerbacks and they nearly lost both of their games against the Commanders. The Dolphins don't have an impressive win on their resume. The Bills have lost to Zach Wilson and Mac Jones.
Nobody wins a Super Bowl at the trade deadline, but Jones' Cowboys did nothing to improve their odds while every team standing in their way of reaching the Super Bowl went out and made upgrades for minimal hauls.
Carpe Omnia? More like Hakuna Matata.