Five Changes the Dallas Cowboys must make
Two things were blatantly obvious; one, they’re not close to being championship contenders and two; they are content with putting out a mediocre product. The most frustrating part, I think, is that lost in all the glitz and glamour that comes with being “America’s Team,” some players and staff forget that they have a job to do on Sundays.
Evident from Sundays’ game, some players and staff on this team forget that there’s a Cowboys’ way of doing things, a reputation to uphold and that there’s a legacy, which accompanies playing and coaching for the Dallas Cowboys.
A legacy, which was built through hard work, dedication and pride in wearing the star on the sides of that helmet, and not the garbage being put out on the field as of late.
Most of the blame for turning this once highly respected organization into a laughing stock is Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones. As the owner of the team, the man is a genius. Not one person can blame him for being a bad owner; he puts his money where his mouth is time and time again. As an owner, very few people rival Jones’ desire to win.
As the team’s general manager, however, that’s another story. Just to put it into perspective the team hasn’t been relevant in 17 years. That’s 17 years of failure after failure, so obviously something isn’t right.
“It starts at the top and trickles down,” my Gunnery Sergeant used to say. “Your guys are going to be a direct reflection of you. If they’re unprepared, it’s cause you didn’t prepare them.”
I really wish I could get that line out to head coach Jason Garrett. I like the guy; I think he’s a smart young coach who will need time to mature just like anyone else doing a job. I’m not expecting him to be Tom Landry or Jimmy Johnson in his second year, but he needs to quit being a “yes-man” to Jones, and regardless of the money being shelled out to underachieving talent, bench someone’s (expletive) when they’re out there going through the motions.
These are five moves the Cowboys could make to begin steering the ship in the right direction.
Jones has to go. Get him out of Dallas, he’s a liability, and his “production” is hurting the team. He can’t run the ball and can’t produce on special teams; the team has no use for him.
The Cowboys should move Bryant before his stock completely collapses. Much like his predecessor Roy Williams, Bryant has been a disappointment. The good thing for Bryant is that he’s still young, but much like Jones he’s become a liability on the field. He can’t catch the ball when it’s crunch-time, and he can’t contribute in special teams. The team has some young and talented receivers itching at the opportunity to come in and make plays.
Not a shot at Cook at all, I think that he’s doing a respectable job given that he was brought in to be a backup, but if this team is going to improve there needs to be a legitimate starter at center.
Bernadeau has to go. He is easily the weakest link on the line. He’s a liability in the run and passing game and continues to struggle. He wan't a starter his previous four years in the league, and now we know why.
I don’t think that Garrett has to go, yet. I would like to see Garrett come up with a better offensive scheme than the one he's rolling out there now. The league has caught up to him. None of the stuff he did before works now, and defenses know it. I’ve said it before, he should shape the offense to the strengths of the players he has.
If the offensive line can’t block my five-year-old niece, why have Romo drop back 62 times a game? If it’s 2nd and one, why not run the ball to try and convert for a first down?
Garrett may not want to relinquish the play calling duties, but Dallas needs a real offensive coordinator.