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By Jonathan Bales

How We Know Dallas Cowboys Are On Right Track

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Let’s quickly run over a few of the Cowboys’ draft needs.  Left tackle.  Free safety.  Guard.  Inside linebacker.  Kicker. Cornerback.  Kick and punt returner.

Now let’s guess who might start at each of these positions if the season began today.

Doug Free.  Alan Ball.  Kyle Kosier and Leonard Davis.  Bradie James and Keith Brooking.  David Buehler.  Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins, and Orlando Scandrick.  Kevin Ogletree and Patrick Crayton.

Really?  These are the weak links of this team?  This little game, more than anything else, is the reason we know the Dallas Cowboys are on the right track in 2010 and beyond.

Yes, they could use help at some areas, but things are good when your weakest links are arguably Doug Free, David Buehler, and Alan Ball.

Further, the draft and free agency figure to make these “weak link” positions a bit stronger.  For example, substitute USF FS Nate Allen for Ball, Ravens LT Jared Gaither for Free (which would likely cost approximately a second and fourth-rounder), free agent kicker Shayne Graham for Buehler (on field goals), and Texas WR Jordan Shipley for the return guys.

Now. . .tell me. . .where is the weak link on the Cowboys?  Keith Brooking?  Igor Olshansky?  Sounds good to us.

Yes, the Cowboys are on the right track ladies and gentlemen.  A few tweaks here and there and the players from one of this season’s Super Bowl teams may just be able to sleep at home the night before the game.



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8 Responses to How We Know Dallas Cowboys Are On Right Track

  1. David Leitner says:

    yes that sound all well and good but where is the depth in the o line this was a problem last year and dallas dodged a bullet with having only one starter out for a period of time the o line and secondary need depth can not rely on everyone being healthy all year long this isnt a madden football ha

  2. You are right that there are holes…but I am simply saying the holes are not nearly as dire as some other teams.

    You are talking about O-Line depth….it is a good thing if your #1 positional need is a backup spot.

  3. john coleman says:

    Oline is the biggest need no doubt, specifically LT. But with a LT and a G/C guy problem solved. Next would be ILB and OLB. If our starters go down at either we are unproven. However, we may already have the answer, with last years guys that were injured. For that matter, Brewster may prove to be capable on the oline. NT is paper thin as well, although Siavii is not terrible. If he was the everydown guy, we have a problem. So in reality we have one absolute need, LT. So yes, it seems we are on the right track. We should have 5 picks to provide depth. How did we manage 12 years of no playoff wins? Who is responsible for the change?

  4. You never know what those second-year guys can bring, but I wouldn’t count on them. Nonetheless, if there is one that I think can step in and perform really well it is Jason Williams. I have no doubts in my mind he will be the opening day nickel LB and starter in 2011.

    As far as the change, there is a guy that doesn’t get enough credit (and I am one of the only ones that likes him), and that is Wade Phillips.

  5. john coleman says:

    I agree that Wade is vastly underrated as a coach. I myself have been guilty of laughing at the guy in previous stops. There is no doubt about his defensive knowledge. He also seems to be a genuinely nice person. I think he is the right guy for our team. I also think Parcells deserves a little credit. He brought some really good players here. Even Carpenter gets on the field. I wonder if JJ learned some things from Bill, and continued them, with Wades opinion having value. I read somewhere that JJ thinks Wade is the best talent evaluator he has seen. If that’s true, and based on last year it could be. Then the Adams and Hamlin moves might be right on the mark.

  6. I sure hope you are right about the Adams and Hamlin moves being correct. It is Adams in particular that I see no justification for cutting–but of course these guys know more and spend more time on it than any of us (a fact most fans don’t realize or seem willing to disregard).

    Having said that, this is a make-or-break year for Phillips. Have you noticed that the Cowboys seem to rise to the occasion under his reign when they are the “underdog”, but fold when they are high expectations? There are high expectations this season. I really hope he has what it takes to lead this team. I think he does.

  7. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Looking at the moves, I have to admit that I questioned the Adams cut at first. But then I thought about Brewster and the fact that this draft has about 5-6 quality LTs. Plus, Jared Gaither has a1st round RFA tag that we could easily give to Baltimore. The $ saved on the cut (for future years) could be given to him.

    Plus, there are other RFAs available.

  8. Yes, Gaither is an option, but he should be able to be landed for less than a 1st rounder. If they don’t get him though, are you as comfortable going into the season with Adams as your LT and Free the swing tackle as Free the LT and either Brewster or a rookie the swing tackle? I’m not.

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