The Cowboys don’t need to completely revamp the team to be a Super Bowl contender next season. They just need to plug some leaking holes and bring in a tough-minded, veteran coach whose won a ring.
It can be debated all day about who that coach should be. But whoever it is, he needs to be very organized, aggressive and intense.
Here are the top five things Dallas needs to do to get the ship pointed in the right direction.
Hire Jon Gruden as head coach the minute after the final game of the season.
He’ll hit the ground running. Let him hire a coaching staff. Don’t pick his assistants for him, Jerry.
Drafting a top offensive tackle is personnel priority No. 1.
Anthony Castonzo, the 6'7", 308-pound Boston College stud makes sense. Castonzo is expected to be a very high draft pick, but Dallas should have a top 10 pick.
They need to spend their next pick on strong safety Mark Barron out of Alabama to replace Gerald Sensabaugh.
Barron is 6'2", 215 pounds and is expected to go high in the second round. Nick Saban has his players ready for the NFL. Barron is someone who could step in and start for the ‘Boys right now. He’s very physical and that’s what they’re missing.
Trade Marion Barber and your third-round pick for another second-round draft pick and use it on a fast, physical middle linebacker.
Dallas has a realistic shot at landing Chris Marve out of Vanderbilt. He’s 6'2", 230 pounds and very quick–something the aging Keith Brooking is lacking. Marve would be a nice sidekick to Dallas’ 2010 pick, Sean Lee.
Bring in a legitimate backup quarterback–one who has a real chance of taking this talented team to the playoffs if Romo goes down again.
David Garrard from Jacksonville is likely going to become a backup at this point and he’s a Romo-type, in size, ability and age. He’s 6'1", 235 pounds and 32 years old.