Originally Posted by Outlaw Heroes
Or you both must've been reading what has been posted at CZ for the past several weeks, during which it has been an ongoing topic of discussion.
Just being realistic, and carrying on the discussion part...
If I were New Orleans, with a smart coach in Payton, would I be letting half of a dominant interior guard matched pair leaving just after missing out at making it to the NFC Championship game? I wouldn't. And would invest much on the defensive side through the draft as well. Building at a point beyond where Dallas is now starting.
As to Balitmore allowing a superior level guard bounding out to free agency. They are at the AFC Championship level. Despite wanting to feel like a kid waking up on Christmas morning and rushing to see the presents at the foot of your tree, do I think they want to fall back to depending upon Andre Gurode for a guard?
Now, projecting forward, to draft time. Dallas could have an opportunity to draft a quality, but once in a decade Guard possibly. How many other teams will be seeing that as well? It's not like other teams of recent history, haven't rushed right past Dallas to grab offensive linemen that the Cowboys were obviously targeting. Just that a lineman is being projected where Dallas will be sitting, doesn't mean he will in fact be there as well.
I'm like the next fan, myself, I like looking at the old Sears Catalog and dreaming before Christmas, but it still boils down to what is there and Dallas pays for in the draft, or negotiates at increased levels of cap hits in free agency.
To improve, it's not like going out to the local Market and taking off a shelf, but cash on the barrel head with supply limited for quality and top priced items even yet.
That puts importance at getting quality, and not just quantity when it's time to grab parts. A large part of team directions now, involve predicting what a specific player will do within that team's scheme and applications. We all know that...and so should teams.
Just interjecting, as many have, that a fan's moderation in view, is sometimes beneficial as well. Change, even for the Cowboys, comes at a price for each one. To make a splurge in free agency, and to strain a cap picture for any individual year, doesn't ensure success. Look at Philadelphia's 'dream team' this past year. Even a group of 'cherry picked' players has to work back into a team picture of play. That itself takes time to integrate.
Just as Dallas had to adjust to a newly implanted Rob Ryan defensive scheme, the Eagles had an offensive coordinator becoming the defensive coordinator and new pieces to their unit as well. The lockout affected much of changes coming into it last season.
I'm just trying to say that we as fans need some patience in what is coming into the future for the Cowboys. They will have to be targeting players pretty carefully in this off season.
With the talent already on the Giants and Philadelphia, to be co-equal, this time around, Dallas will have to identify what will make their own team better when it reaches the field. Not in just filling slots.
When they figure out what will significantly improve their schemes, and project out for a significant time to warrant change, they this time, they will have to be aggressive to add particular pieces...and not just shaking things about for a different picture.
Trades have gone out of vogue, but even at a price, one gets a piece that he wants. Jon Kitna became a Cowboy this way, and served well for the three years he was with Dallas. Trades around the draft, targeting players and not slots, have paid off well for Dallas in the past. And being aggressive in free agency has paid off in the offensive line, and targeted for a particular skillset on defense.
It appears that some fans need to grab their boxers strategicly, and show some restraint...but at the same time, it's time for Dallas to make some dramatic moves and gather the ingredients for both Jason Garrett and Rob Ryan to make the plates served at Restaurant Cowboys.
There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!