Cowboys Nation is going through a devastating time. The Cowboys' embarrassing loss to the Bears before the bye week has left us with two weeks to sulk.
There is a lot of talk going on about these Cowboys. Some are wondering if they’re going through an identity crisis. Some have turned to blame players. Is any of it wrong? No, it’s natural to question things when the future seems bleak.
I do caution you all though: The Dallas Cowboy’s fan base isn’t exactly known for their loyalty and I would say not to overreact because of one loss. The Cowboys remain 2-2 and just one game back in the NFC East.
I would say that the Cowboys are at a crossroads after this loss though.
Jerry Jones has been competitively rebuilding this team for the past three seasons. They have been fortunate to nab future stars in Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Morris Claiborne.
Yet despite all his luck, the team hasn’t come any closer to winning a Super Bowl.
I think the question is, “Is it time for the Cowboys to commit to a full rebuild?”
It’s not completely out of the question. The Cowboys aren’t far away in terms of talent but could use an infusion of youth and talent in the offensive line, defensive line and safety.
I’m a strong Tony Romo supporter. I believe that he gives us a legitimate shot at winning it all. However, I don’t believe that he’s going to continue to play at a high level two or three years down the road. With a strong quarterback class coming out in the 2013 NFL draft, it’s hard not to be intrigued by some of the prospects and their potential as NFL quarterbacks.
Think of this completely hypothetical situation:
- In free agency the Cowboys spend big money on two young free agents. DE Cliff Avril is 26 years old and fills a specific need. Another young superstar available is OT Ryan Clady of the Bronco’s.
- In the Draft the Cowboys draft OG/C Barrett Jones out of Alabama, S Tony Jefferson out of Oklahoma, and either QB Landry Jones of Oklahoma or Aaron Murray out of Georgia.
- After the draft, if the Cowboys haven’t got an outside linebacker they like, they search the free agent pool and nab a middle age guy like Erin Henderson.
This blueprint, no matter how unlikely, would have the Cowboys 80 percent rebuilt in one offseason. The Cowboys would have a strong offensive line, a young stud defensive lineman and a quarterback of the future.
My point is that although the Cowboys have done a decent job at competitively rebuilding, it has been their demise. Because Jerry Jones doesn’t know what he wants to do with the team, he stalls the development of the young players and the transition to a more successful era.
It’s time for the Cowboys to decide where they are going with this team. Is it with a lucrative contract to a quarterback already over the age of 30? Or is it in a direction of rebuilding this team under the culture change that Jason Garrett is trying to implement?
I won’t pretend that I know who the Cowboys are. I also won’t pretend that I know that they’re destined for. I do know that the Cowboys are consistently letting us down. Jerry Jones is the lone common denominator in the last 10 years of disappointment.
It may not be the smartest move to rebuild this team. It may not even be in their mind. All I’m trying to say is that it’s a possibility that must be considered if Jerry Jones is serious about the future success of the franchise.
Tony Romo, DeMarcus War and Jason Witten may be good for one deep run, but the NFL will exist when their playing career no longer does.
The Cowboys must prepare for that.