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News: BTB: The Dallas Cowboys didn’t “blow up” the roster even if some observers think so

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by CowboyRoy, Jun 28, 2022.

  1. Diehardblues

    Diehardblues Well-Known Member

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    Reloading is perhaps more fitting to our situation. And it’s yet to be seen if we have duds or suitable replacements . We could possibly have increased our talent pool but again too early to say.
     
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  2. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Roster was lopsided and poorly constructed. We also had some top heavy contracts that needed to be moved on from. This was an offseason correcting that, maintaining the talent we currently had and replacing those veterans with young talent.

    In every way I think the Cowboys did a great job. Especially starting out 25 million in the hole on the salary cap. The Cowboys have now cleared out the cap, while maintaining the quality of talent they had as well as continuing to get younger. Quite a task. Now whether that translates to a better season who knows. But it gives the Cowboys the window they need starting in 2023. A window they never would have had by keeping these aging veterans that were overpaid. Zeke is next.

    Now if the Cowboys continue to go bargain hunting in FA, it wont matter. But if they actually have a plan to go for it over the next few years starting in 2023 then they have made it possible to do that with what they did THIS offseason.
     
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  3. FVSTONE

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  4. Acceptablename

    Acceptablename Well-Known Member

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    Looking and reading last season we made releasing decisions the we have covered by next year.
     
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  5. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Thats about what I see at this point. If we continue to hit in the draft and some of these picks continue to develop, we give ourselves a nice window starting in 2023 with the cap cleared.

    Takes more then a few years to clear out the Garrett team and construct a contender both with talent and the cap.
     
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  6. Typhus

    Typhus Captain Catfish

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    That would be the equation.
     
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  7. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    I don't think anyone thought we blew it up. The concern was/is that we didn't improve it, at least not through free agency, when we already weren't as good as the teams we need to beat to win a title.

    We removed Cooper and Wilson at WR and added Washington and Tolbert. Anyone see that as an improvement?

    We lost Gregory and added Fowler and Williams. No guaranteed improvement there.

    We lost Collins and Williams and added Tyler Smith. Maybe an improvement at guard, but who knows at RT.

    Other players who contributed to last year's defensive improvement are gone (Kazee, Urban, Neal) and we didn't really add FA replacements for them, depending instead primarily on players we had on the roster. Doesn't mean those players won't be improvements, just that there aren't any guarantees and in all probability, some will fail to come through for us.

    A team that finished first in its division isn't going to blow up its roster, but a good GM is going to strategically add to it to try to improve enough to win more than just the division.
     
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  8. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    If winning a title was as easy as signing a few high priced FA's everyone would be doing it.

    This team is better salary cap wise, its younger, and it has as much talent as it had before. Its just younger talent. Better prepared going into the future over the next 3 to 4 years. Now will that translate into instantly being better? That depends on how quickly the young guys develop.

    Sometimes you have to take a step sideways to take 2 steps forward.
     
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  9. zrinkill

    zrinkill Cowboy Fan

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    Who thought they blew up their roster? The problem is they did not try and get better in free agency ...... but I think they improved their D in the draft..
     
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  10. CowboyRoy

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    I honestly dont think Urban, Kneal, Kazee did much of anything to be honest. Better then what we had possibly, but nothing great. I like a healthy Hooker better than Kazee. We replace Kneal with Cox. Urban got injured early.

    Kearse was a guy that made us a lot better and we retained him. Think of all the 2nd year players that are going to be better this year.

    And no a good GM is going to rebuild a team in his image while still remaining competitive. This roster needed a lot of work. With the cap and in reconstruction.
     
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  11. kskboys

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    Not to mention, we have to pay Diggs and Lamb next off, so we need some rollover money.
     
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  12. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    This team is not a player or two away from a SB. Not the year for that. Next year possibly.
     
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  13. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    This is Lambs 3rd season. We have him locked up through 5.

    Diggs this is his 3rd. We have him through 4. And we both know Jerry will wait until the bitter end on both. Like an idiot.

    I think they want the rollover to pay Dak a big portion next season. AT some point he has to cost us 40 million.
     
  14. zrinkill

    zrinkill Cowboy Fan

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    Its been like that since Romo was still QB ......... next year, next year, next year ...... I have been saying next year about this team since I was 24 years old ........ and here I am 50 and pissed off at our POS owners for wasting the last 27 years and getting richer and richer while doing it.
     
  15. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Yah I get it bro. Me too. But its NEVER been next year to be honest. This team has NEVER been good enough. Maybe that one year with Wade and that one year with Garrett, but no chance that was happening with the coaching.
     
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  16. zrinkill

    zrinkill Cowboy Fan

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    Yea I know ....... I'm gonna go do something else before I start spewing anti Jones venom that does no good anyway ...... ... see ya.
     
  17. CowboyRoy

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    I guess what I am trying to say is that I actually think they are building the team the right way at the moment. They finally have quality coaching that is giving him good advice. They are clearing out the cap and setting up the roster with young talent for a nice run coming up.

    But yah, that only works if at some point in the next year or two they use FA to get us over the hump.
     
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  18. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Teams get instantly better every year. There was absolutely no reason for us to take a step sideways when a few moves might could have put us in position to win a title now. Other teams have shown that method works. No team has shown that the method we are using works.

    You need to build with young talent and supplement with a few high-quality players. Looking ahead three or four years only means that some of the talent you have now may be gone. Tyron will probably be retired then, possibly Martin. Elliott and Pollard could both be gone. Lawrence might be too. Diggs and Lamb could price themselves out of Dallas when they become FAs. Three or four years from now, this could be a very different team.
     
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  19. Typhus

    Typhus Captain Catfish

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    Its not the same roster.
     
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  20. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    They contributed to our defensive success as starters. It's quite possible that players like Cox will contribute more, but it's hard to say. We're counting on a second-year player who showed promise but had little playing time. Meanwhile, the Rams, a team that already was better than us, adds a linebacker like Bobby Wagner. That's not exactly the way you catch a Super Bowl-winning team.

    It's great that we retained Kearse. It's great that we draft well. It's sad that we don't better use free agency to improve our chances of competing now.
     
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