It’s been a strange, strange offseason for the Dallas Cowboys. They started things off by answering a question on the direction of their team in a way that left many people surprised. We all wondered what would happen with both Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware — two players who are over the age of 30 and were going to be paid big money. The Cowboys decided to let Hatcher go and cut Ware in a cap-saving decision. After these two decisions, no one really knew what the plan was.
This was the point at which the Cowboys decided it was time for a bit of a youth movement. They brought in young players with upside who look like they could have some very solid potential. Basically, the team decided to bring in a whole bunch of players and hope to find a few gems out of the large group. It’s still a big unknown as to whether or not that has happened, and we likely won’t know until this season gets going or possibly even into the following season — but it’s something to watch.
That’s just one of the storylines, though. Dallas decided to promote Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator, which was an excellent move, and it has fans pretty interested in seeing this defense. We are all interested even after the Sean Lee injury as well, which I would consider to be a good sign. There is some definite upside on the defense, but if there’s a coordinator who can get the best out of these young players, I strongly believe Marinelli is the guy.
After Lee went down, it was a bit of a shock wave that went through Dallas fans. But there wasn’t nearly as much sadness as I expected, and it was more about finding the right replacement for Lee. The focus is simply on finding a way to win and believing that the right player will step up for the positions that are question marks, such as middle linebacker (now), safety and the second defensive end spot specifically.
This coming season will be interesting for the Cowboys, but the offseason alone has already been incredibly intriguing.