Interjecting young talent will be of the utmost importance for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
Rob Ryan's defensive unit was disappointingly horrendous this year, appearing old, slow and apathetic at times.
Defensive veterans Terrence Newman, Keith Brooking and others could be nearing the end of their tenures in the Big D. Jerry Jones will surely look to explore alternate options this offseason. Don't be surprised if any of these veterans are shown the door.
One of the telltale signs that your best days are behind you: Bear Pascoe hurdles you twice during a game.
Newman decided to do his best impression of a hurdle in the Cowboys' biggest game of the season—the same game that Victor Cruz torched Newman for a game-changing touchdown in the first half.
The former Kansas State Wildcat looked old, slow and generally confused this season. The Cowboys would be very wise to search for an upgrade at corner.
For years, Keith Brooking has been the vocal leader of the Cowboys defense, known for his passionate pregame speeches.
This year, he was a lot more bark than bite.
Brooking found himself spending more time on the sidelines than ever, reduced to spectating because of his lack of speed and playmaking abilities.
The Cowboys need all the help they can get defensively. Replacing Brooking wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
The longtime Dallas Cowboy split snaps with fellow inside linebacker Keith Brooking this season, with the emergence of Sean Lee at the other inside linebacker position.
Once known for his playmaking ability, James appeared long in the tooth at times this season.
Like Brooking, James’ speed proved problematic at times during this season. An athletic addition at inside linebacker could be in the Cowboys' future plans.
Right guard Kyle Kosier was an anomaly on a youthful Cowboys offensive line. Despite a torn MCL, Kosier should begin next season as Dallas’ starting guard.
The seasoned NFL veteran has a lot of miles on his battle-tested body. Look for a younger presence to be brought in to eventually replace Kosier on the Cowboys’ offensive line.
The Dallas Cowboys' passing defense was among the worst in professional football.
Although Elam was not horrendous this season like some of his other teammates in the secondary, an upgrade at safety very well could be in Jerry Jones' plans for draft day.