Dallas Cowboys’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Dallas Cowboys' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The Dallas Cowboys are entering a make-or-break season in 2014. Because of their cap concerns for the next few seasons, Dallas had to cut ties with DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin. Dallas also had to let Jason Hatcher walk in free agency. Check out the Cowboys' five biggest mistakes of the 2014 NFL offseason so far.

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5. Failing to Address Safety Situation

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5. Failing to Address Safety Situation

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Stevie Brown would have been a great player for the Cowboys. Before he suffered an ACL injury in the beginning of the 2013 season, Brown was on his way to becoming one of the best young safeties in the NFL. In 2012, Brown had 10 takeaways by himself. The Giants re-signed him on a one-year, million deal. Although Dallas did not have a lot of money, they had enough money to bring Brown back to his hometown.

4. Missing Out On Robert Ayers

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4. Missing Out On Robert Ayers

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Robert Ayers has never been able to live up to his first-round expectations since coming into the league in 2009. In Denver, Ayers was a glorified rotational player and had his best statistical season in 2013. Ayers had 5.5 sacks and he got pressure on the quarterback too. Even after the signing of Henry Melton, Dallas has a ways to go with their offensive line. With Rod Marinelli, Ayers could have become a big-time play-maker in Big D.

3. Not Re-Signing Anthony Spencer

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3. Not Re-Signing Anthony Spencer

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The Cowboys could still very well sign Anthony Spencer in the next few weeks. He has injury issues, but there isn't a better pass-rusher on the market than Spencer. In 2012, you could make an argument that Spencer was the best player on the entire defense. Granted it was his contract year, but the Cowboys still brought him back for the 2013 season to play defensive end in the 4-3. It will hurt in 2014 if Dallas cannot re-sign him.

2. Not Firing Jason Garrett

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2. Not Firing Jason Garrett

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Since taking over as the general manager, Jerry Jones has belittled almost every Cowboys head coach. Jason Garrett is an intelligent guy, but he doesn't show the fire that is needed out of an NFL head coach. I really thought the Cowboys should go out of the box and bring in a college coach with a new system. I thought Gus Malzahn would have been a nice fit in Dallas. Garrett is a puppet coach, and he will be coaching for his job in 2014.

1. Failing to Hire a GM

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1. Failing to Hire a GM

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It seems like this will never happen, but the Cowboys cannot keep going through mediocrity. Don't get me wrong; Jerry Jones is one of the best owners in sports, but he leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to being a general manager. The Cowboys have had a ton of issues lately, and that starts with Jerry and how he overpays players. Jerry needs to comprehend that Dallas is at least a few years away from competing for a Super Bowl.

 

 


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