5 Offseason Moves That Will Be Most Beneficial For The Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones is Making the Right Changes for the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are looking to bounce back from their second consecutive eight and eight season. Last season, the Cowboys, who were devastated by injuries, again failed to make the playoffs. With the season coming down to a “win or go home” week 17 game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys faltered, and were sent home for the second straight year. Last season’s failure to make the playoffs prompted Jerry Jones to promise “changes” in Dallas.
Last season, the Cowboys' defense was borderline awful. At times during the season, the defense looked confused. Some of this could be attributed to the fact that most of the players on the field were sitting on their couches as free agents just weeks prior. Nonetheless, Jones was not happy, so he sent Rob Ryan packing.
When Demarco Murray went out with an injured foot, the Cowboys' rushing attack disappeared. None of the running backs on the roster could generate an effective rushing attack and, in turn, the passing attack suffered. While Jason Garret tried to keep a balanced offensive attack without any sort of running game, the passing game just wasn’t as effective. Again, Jerry Jones wasn’t happy, and he turned to the NFL draft to help bolster Dallas’ running back depth.
As anyone that follows NFL football knows, Jones is a powerful man who will not tolerate losing. When his Dallas Cowboys are not performing up to his standards, somebody is going to hear about it, and changes are going to be made. Let’s take a look at 5 offseason moves that will benefit the Cowboys.
Hiring Monte Kiffin as Defensive Coordinator
As previously stated, last years' defense was awful. Rob Ryan's complicated schemes proved to be too confusing for this defense. With Ryan’s departure and the hiring of Monte Kiffin, the defense will see a drastic improvement. Kiffin runs a more simple 4-3 defense, and stresses creating turnovers, something the Cowboys didn’t do well with last season.
Giving Bill Callahan Offensive Play Calling Duties
As many other Cowboys fans, I never really agreed with the way Garrett managed the offensive play calling. Just last season alone I can think of two games that were lost due to bad game management on Garrett’s part. By giving Bill Callahan the play calling duties, Garret can focus more on managing the game, and Callahan can use his experience to help this offense become more effective.
Drafting Travis Frederick
For the past few seasons, the Cowboys have been working with a patchwork offensive line. Due to the amount of injuries, the line never really developed continuity. When Dallas drafted Travis Frederick, they got a player, who, if he continues to develop, will anchor the offensive line for years to come.
Adding Quality Running Back Depth
When Demarco Murray is healthy, he is a game changing running back who can break off a big run at any time. Through his first two seasons, Murray has yet to play an entire season, and that has proven to be a problem for the Cowboys. With Murray out of the lineup, the Cowboys' running game has been nonexistent. In an effort to add quality depth behind Murray, Dallas turned to the NFL draft and found Joseph Randle, a running back with a nose for the end zone. With quality depth behind Murray, the offense won't struggle to run the ball if Murray goes down again this season.
Bringing In A Veteran Safety
Signing Will Allen will benefit the Cowboys in two ways. Allen is a player that will bring experience to a position that has been a problem for the Cowboys for the past few seasons. Not only can he step right in and contribute, he will serve as a mentor for the younger safeties on this roster. In my opinion, signing Allen was a quality addition to this roster.