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I think the Cowboys will be rebuilding more than most think

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by leeblair, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. leeblair

    leeblair Well-Known Member

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    I'm gonna dress this one up a little bit and try to make the reading a little easier. I think the Cowboys are going to find that they will be deeper into a rebuild than even they planned for.
    • The offensive and defensive lines both need work. The offensive line is showing weakness, and will inevitably be adjusting to new blocking schemes under McCarthy. New blood and beef will be needed fast if the Cowboys want to count on having Ezekiel Elliot's big contract pay dividends.
    • The defensive line needs beef and depth. With running backs like Saquan Barkely, Derrick Henry, and our own Ezekiel Elliott, teams cannot rely on smaller, faster linemen and speedy linebackers to stand up to the pounding an offense committed to the run can dish out. While McCarthy has used great players such as Clay Matthews at linebacker, he is not one to allow his defensive line to be pushed around.
    • With Sean Lee likely retiring and Jaylon Smith not completely dependable at linebacker, this group will need work, too.
    • Stephen Jones is a proponent of using younger guys in the secondary rather than keeping higher paid veterans because of the NFL's agreement with the players that allow for them to be paid less. This has been a staple of the Cowboys salary cap management for years. Don't look for that to change, as the Cowboys seem focused on offensive contracts in the offseason and a total of 23 unrestricted free agents.
    • Kai Forbath was a late addition, and while he looked good in limited opportunities, the Cowboys are nowhere near set at the kicker position. There will inevitably have to be a competition for the job.
    The situation with Dak Prescott has the Cowboys in a pickle. Prescott's play hasn't justified the top money he is wanting, and with his contract expired he will likely receive the non-exclusive tag. And teams like Tampa Bay might very well jump at the opportunity to sign him. Jamis Winston is pretty much in the same situation, having failed to show that he is the guy in Tampa. Indianapolis is likely looking, too.
    • No one expects Dak to leave Dallas, but contract issues still make this a possibility.
    • I think the Cowboys MUST go after Case Keenum or Marcus Mariota and solidify the quarterback position. Then they can deal with whatever issues Dak's contract creates with security at the position.
    • The Cowboys have a need for a burner at receiver that can change the game and dictate coverages that open up the game for the rest of the Cowboys receivers.
    • Jarwin appears to be the best young tight end, but the Cowboys will need depth and will likely add a couple to the mix.
    • How McCarthy approaches the run game will likely mean changes in personnel. I look for him to add a receiver/running back that can throw defenses off their game.
    I think the Cowboys have their hands full for this off season, as the new schemes and philosophy of McCarthy's vision for the team inevitably create changes.
    It will be interesting to see how in depth these changes affect the team, and McCarthy will want to remain competitive:
    Because the NFL will most assuredly not miss the opportunity for a ratings bump by scheduling the Cowboys vs the Packers early in the season on a Sunday night.
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  2. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    The offensive line was the second-best in pass and run blocking.

    They're not rebuilding anything.
  3. Oneiros

    Oneiros Well-Known Member

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    Given how the last few years have gone is rebuilding such a bad thing?

    We simply have some leftover players, coaches and mentality that just didn't work any more.
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  4. tm1119

    tm1119 Well-Known Member

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    For some reason there is a rampant group think on this board that the o line isn’t good. It’s pretty fascinating
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  5. leeblair

    leeblair Well-Known Member

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    I guess it's all of those times Zeke was stopped for no gain or for a loss.
    Nobody said they weren't pretty good. They just aren't what they once were. And they will be learning new schemes. To not add depth on the O-line would be a huge mistake.
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  6. tm1119

    tm1119 Well-Known Member

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    Top 5 is “pretty good”? Because that’s what the cowboys were in rush yards/attempt, yards/game and total rushing yards (despite being 8th in carries). All while letting up the 2nd least sacks.
    Perhaps you’re just nit picking a handful of plays that stuck out in your head? Because #’s don’t lie, the cowboys o-line was extremely successful all around last year.
  7. DuncanIso

    DuncanIso Well-Known Member

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    The OL is elite. At least 3-4 more seasons before we rebuild.

    NOTE: Firing Colombo was dumb.
  8. Jake

    Jake Curmudgeon

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    "Rebuilding" is a trigger word.

    Rosters change from year to year, whether the R-word is used or not.
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  9. JayFord

    JayFord Well-Known Member

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    Thats fine with me

    ill take it as long as i can see positive changes
  10. Chrisdd

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    Nobody knows for sure what's going to happen this offseason. That's what makes it so eagerly anticipated. I do think they need to try and talk Keuckly out of retirement though!!
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  11. visionary

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    You make a lot of good points

    I’ll disagree with a couple

    I think OL is great and rebuilding is not needed there

    I think Jarwin is not enough. We need a starter at TE who is a difference maker

    Dak will be a huge decision, hopefully we make the right one
  12. garyo1954

    garyo1954 Well-Known Member

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    If rankings won football games, we could just compare pie charts on Sunday!
  13. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    There's only so much you can do in 1 offseason. I expect them to improve on a yearly basis. That starts in 2020. People talk rebuild like your replacing the roster. With the cap and FA that churning of the roster happens no matter what. They need a select few pieces and they have enough talent to be competitive. Improving your team is a constant cycle.
  14. Whirlwin

    Whirlwin Well-Known Member

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    That was Ezekiel Elliott tripping over his own ego
  15. garyo1954

    garyo1954 Well-Known Member

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    His pockets got too full on one side.
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  17. leeblair

    leeblair Well-Known Member

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    One of the best posts I've read.
    Those that pull out stats to justify their arguments need to read this.
    As a matter of fact, this should be posted on the forum heading.
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  18. CB61

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  19. Cowfan75

    Cowfan75 Well-Known Member

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    I think we can ride with the O-line for another year, but on defense? Keep Quinn and rebuild away.
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  20. McKDaddy

    McKDaddy Well-Known Member

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    I think there could be significant player churn but we have a lot of core guys to build around so I don't think it will qualify as a rebuild.

    If core guys get released \ traded to free up assets, then I'll be calling it a rebuild.
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