The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of their third-straight 8-8 season and must fix some key issues if they want to get over that hump—issues like replacing DeMarcus Ware, finding a 3-technique defensive tackle and solving their health crisis.
The Cowboy's offseason philosophy seems to be changing from signing big free agents and overpaying players for past performance to focusing on the draft. This could be due to Jerry's son Stephen Jones taking more control of the day-to-day operations of the team.
This philosophy may be better in the long run, but it has left them with gaping holes—especially on defense—in the mean time. The releasing of Cowboys icon DeMarcus Ware and not re-signing Jason Hatcher, whom then signed with the Washington Redskins, have left the Cowboys void of stars and play makers on defense. However, these decisions were necessary for the Cowboys to get better in the long term.
This philosophy should give Cowboys fans hope that they can make the right decisions and solve these issues they are facing.
The criteria I used was an assessment of which issues have the potential to negatively affect the Cowboys—both immediately and long term—if not solved and how difficult it will be to solve the issue.