Dallas Cowboys are the youngest team in the NFL; when will youth movement pay off?

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  1. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    Earlier this year we looked at how the 2018 Cowboys have the youngest O-line in the NFL, which is quite a feat considering the line has already combined for 13 Pro Bowl seasons and 11 All Pro seasons.

    But in Dallas, that youth movement extends way beyond just the offensive line.

    Bob Sturm of The Athletic pointed out recently that the Cowboys are the youngest team in the league:

    According to my friends at Spotrac, a website that tracks salary cap space for all the big sports, the Cowboys have the youngest roster in the NFL when measuring the full 90-man training camp rosters.

    And here’s Sturm’s screenshot of the Spotrac data:

  2. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    Billy Beane, general manager of MLB’s Oakland A’s and protagonist of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, described the issue succinctly in an interview with the Financial Times a while back.

    ”Nothing strangulates a sports club more than having older players on long contracts,” explains Beane, “As they become older, the risk of injury becomes exponential. It’s less costly to bring [on] a young player. If it doesn’t work, you can go and find the next guy, and the next guy. The downside risk is lower, and the upside much higher.”
  3. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Its a process
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  4. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    At long last, we're finally generating the type of draft (and even vet FA) to rival the elite teams of the NFL. Time to rejoice! :)
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  5. DakPresgoat

    DakPresgoat Well-Known Member

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    The increased speed of the team is already noticeable.
  6. Ranching

    Ranching Well-Known Member

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    It'll pay off as soon as we get a new coach..
  7. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    Not too shabby. Cap looks good too, great actually.

    I actually like our chances this year with the defense improvements.
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  8. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    The under appreciated McClay
  9. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Young doesn't always mean good.
  10. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    Teams drafting well will find success year after year, while teams more interested in spackling their woebegone rosters with overpriced free agents will pay with implosion season after season. That’s not exactly news to anyone in the game not named Dan Snyder ... but when looking at the youngest Super Bowl teams of all time, it’s amazing how valuable it is to get things right, right from the start.
  11. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    Not always, to be sure . . . although in this instance, I'm somewhat inclined toward giddiness! :D
  12. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Staff Member

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    The league institutes more rule changes every year in hopes of continually lowering injury risk. Teams could capitalize on a true adoption of a moneyball approach if that trend continues.

    That would benefit young players greatly. Older players? Not so much.

    Wonder if we will eventually see a norm involving talented players with only 6-7 years vested getting axed? Guess the above average quarterback will remain the most insulated position but almost every other position would not be as safe career wise.

    It would be interesting seeing how the NFLPA addresses that particular trend if it normalizes down the road. It’s common motto has always been encouraging members to maximize their financial gain within a Not For Long scenario but that has been promoted for offsetting premature adverse career ending injury. Perhaps that same advice will evolve and more emphasize how members, those who are considered very good or even great players, should envision maxing out a five-year career plan before their cheaper replacement kicks them to the curb.
  13. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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    interesting comments Dallas
  14. blueblood70

    blueblood70 Well-Known Member

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    it pays off more on the Cap finally getting straight and as they mature the Stars get paid and stay but we will have some bigger play in FA because of it..with Dez, Romo, witten, and Carr, MC, and some other soon Crawfords etc and replaced by younger guys the Cap will show more than the productivity right away.. what im finally seeing though is what seems to be a hungrier team, youthful exuberance and a team become closer and seem to be competitive in practice while having more fun..
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  15. Hardline

    Hardline Well-Known Member

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    I'll take talent over youth.
    Just because you have a young team doesn't mean you will be better.
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  16. Aviano90

    Aviano90 Go Seahawks!!! Zone Supporter

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    I like our chances to be mathematically alive for a playoff spot late in the season. Anything beyond that would be gravy.
  17. Gridiron Man

    Gridiron Man "I AM GRIDIRON MAN" Zone Supporter

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    I'd say we are on the cusp. If last years draft class shows up big this year and this years draft class contributes heavily, we should be playoff contenders.

    If the above forementioned does happen, we are most likely one more solid draft away from Super Bowl contenders.
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  18. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    When they're young and talented.

    Right now there are giant holes on the roster. QB, WR, TE, DT, probably S.
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  19. CopenhagenCowboy

    CopenhagenCowboy Well-Known Member

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    It will pay off if they have enough talent. Not really a difficult concept to understand.

    BTB = hot garbage.
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  20. Jipper

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    Qb? Guess you aren't sold on dak?

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