Originally Posted by MichaelWinicki
I think that's probably a bit too extreme... "blowing it up".
some of the defensive linemen
There are some decent building blocks there.
If this team shores up the offensive line and improves the pass rush I can see good things happening.
We have a handful of decent building blocks, but we're miles away from contention.
We basically need 6-7 new OL including three new starters. That in and of itself is a two year (minimum) job, and that doesn't even address any other holes on the roster. By the time this line is competely overhauled, Romo is going to be 35. I can't see the Cowboys winning a championship with a 35 year old Romo.
If Austin is released this offseason (as he should be), we'll need another starter opposite Bryant, plus another good RB to back up Murray (since Murray is injury prone)
Plus a starting safety. Plus a replacement for Spencer if he walks. Plus replacements for Ratliff, Spears, and Coleman. etc, etc.
Once you start doing the math, it becomes fairly apparent that the window for this group has essentially closed.
Deal Romo for multiple assets, cut some dead weight. Aim to compete in 2014. Kickstart the rebuild and make Lee, Carter, Claiborne, Bryant, and Ty Smith the focal points.
If we double down with this group, I fear we're headed right towards a re-do of the Campo years.