Dallas Cowboys: Addition By Subtraction Doesn't Add Up

TexasCowboyCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

IRVING, TX - MAY 01:  (L-R)  Ryan Gibbons #62 , Matt Spanos #69 and Travis Bright #60 of the Dallas Cowboys during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

OK I get it, you're not ready to see that the 2009 Dallas Cowboys are a train wreck just waiting to happen.

So, what can I do to convince you?  I've already pointed out that Dallas really have not added anyone. We actually have subtracted talent.

Say what you want about the talent we released: TO, Pacman, Canty, Henry, Ellis, Johnson, Thomas and safety Roy Williams, but that is veteran leadership the Cowboys can never get back.

More importantly, that is depth the Cowboys can never get back.

Don't you get it?

Yes, we may get younger at certain positions, but we also get inexperience at certain positions as well.  This is inexperience that has the potential to cost us games, because the players we thought were ready don't have the first clue as to what they are doing out there.

Take Mike Jenkins for example. He's in just his second year, a little more seasoned, but still raw around the edges. He is bound to make mistakes, like a rookie. Is this what we really want; second year guys raw around the edges and starting for America's team?

No, I am not hinting that I believe we should ride veterans right into the grave. I am all for giving the younger guys their chance to shine, but only when the time is right.

Now is not that time.

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Now is not the time when we need to start abandoning veterans for the future of the team. We are putting big responsibilities to the unknowns without exploring every option out there.

Now is when we still need the veteran talent.

We need the TOs, Pacman Jones, Tank Johnsons and Zach Thomases, but thanks to Jerry Jones and the rest of the front office brass, our veterans rode off into the sunset and our future is in the hands of incompetent coaches and a boob for a owner.

Bottom line: This time bomb has already gone off. The 2009 season is done for the Cowboys. The only good news is that there is always next year.