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In order to get where they need to be, the Cowboys need to do more than just churn the roster. They need to make some tweaks and changes to all three facets of their team.
Hiring an offensive coordinator who actually calls the plays would be the best thing that could happen for both Jason Garrett and the Cowboys as a team. This will leave Garrett time to focus on the game management situations that he struggled with all year.
By improving their offensive line, Tony Romo will have more time in the pocket to get the team into an offensive flow. More time will allow Romo to take more chances down the field. With Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson, there should be no excuse as to why this team isn't a top-five offensive team in the league.
Regardless of what some may think, Rob Ryan and scheme were not the issue for the Dallas defense this year. If the Cowboys are able to inject some play-makers into the defense, they can make a significant jump in the rankings next year.
The biggest problem with the defense last year was the lack of pressure. DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff dealt with nagging injuries all year. Getting them healthy along with finding someone who can be more of a playmaker than Anthony Spencer will be key to solving this problem.
Special Teams Changes:
Plain and simple, the Cowboys need someone who can make a play on special teams. They recorded no touchdowns and ranked in the bottom third of the league in both kick and punt return average. They must find someone that can shorten the field for the offense. Dez Bryant is not the answer, as he needs to solely focus on learning to be an elite receiver.
Dan Bailey was one of the Cowboys' MVPs this year, but as we saw with both Nick Folk and David Buehler, the Cowboys have to bring in kickers that will challenge Bailey for his job. Jerry Jones needs to change his philosophy on allowing his kickers to get comfortable with their jobs.