The Dallas Cowboys’ special teams unit hasn’t been special in quite some time.
In fact, there hadn’t been many occasions, especially in the two previous seasons, when I didn’t cringe as the special teams unit took the field. It didn’t matter if it was for kickoffs, punts, field goals or extra point attempts; aside from Dan Bailey and L.P. Ladouceur, the Cowboys’ special teams unit sucks.
I mean, where should I start?
How about Brandon Tate taking and returning a Chris Jones punt 75 yards to the house? Or, how about the muffed punts by Dwayne Harris and B.W. Webb? Then there was also the blocked field goal when they faced the Oakland Raiders.
They sucked under Joe DeCamillis, which is why the Cowboys no longer employ him, and now some of that’s carried over into 2013, under Rich Bisaccia. The fact that the special teams unit stunk it up during the preseason, must have not sat well with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones because following the cut down to the 53-man roster; he began wheeling and dealing to get some help on special teams.
On Saturday, the Cowboys traded for 6-foot-3, 260-pound linebacker, Edgar Jones, who is primarily a special teams player. On Sunday, the Cowboys were awarded 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker Kyle Bosworth, who is also primarily a special teams player, after the team claimed him off waivers.
The fun didn’t stop there, however, as the Cowboys announced on Tuesday that they had traded a conditional 2015 draft pick for 6-foot-7, 270-pound defensive end, Caesar Rayford. The Cowboys expect that Rayford will come in and provide depth along the defensive line, but I’m sure his ability to block kicks is one of the reasons the Cowboys were so interested in him.
Unlike DeCamillis, Bisaccia is being given a lot of tools to work with, so I don’t want to hear any excuses as to why the special teams unit can’t get their [expletive] together. Here’s hoping that Bisaccia can make the special teams unit special once again.
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