Cowboys Balancing Act Muddled In Mediocrity

Cory Mageors
October 09, 2018 - 10:30 am
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Tuesday morning on Shan & RJ's show on 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones said he believes the Cowboys have a quarterback who can lead the team for years to come.

What about this year?

This isn’t going to be a Dak Prescott attack piece, nor is it going to be a destruction of Jason Garrett, we’ve seen that enough this week. Actually, I want to highlight some of the really good things, that have been consistently good this year. Unfortunately, the bad things have negated any good they have done.

It’s like picking up 20 yards on a run play, only to pick up a holding call.

Like running 3 miles on a Saturday morning and then eating a couple of donuts.

Hitting a homerun in game 6 of the World Series in the top of the 10th inning only to be canceled by a couple of run scoring singles and small ball, ultimately giving up a HR to David Freese in the bottom of the 11th. Sorry, but you get the picture.

When you have something good going, you can’t trip over your own feet at every opportunity, and that’s what the Cowboys current situation is.

One of the big benefits the Cowboys have is they are paying their quarterback peanuts compared to what superstar QB’s are making in the NFL. That’s supposed to be prime position to invest in the surrounding players to maximize the talent level for your team.

The Cowboys attempted to get better at WR during the offseason, but were denied by Sammy Watkins who chose to play for the Chiefs instead. Do I believe Watkins is a “true number one receiver” like Stephen Jones suggested? I do not. But they wanted to spend that money in that manner and I applaud the attempt.

They went with plan B, which was Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, which hasn't quite developed into a good plan at all.

So, at the WR position, the Cowboys are stumbling all over themselves with no rail to brace for impact. On the other hand, the Cowboys picked up two talented linebackers this offseason.

A) Jaylon Smith made a huge play at the goal line against the Texans this week and showed the lateral speed he had in college. He’s also leading your team in assists and combo tackles.

B) Leighton Vander Esch looks like a fantastic investment of a first round pick considering their needs when they picked him and how he is playing. He’s also leading your team in solo tackles.

On the offensive line, things aren't as fruitful as they once were. The unexpected Travis Frederick situation along with momentary flashes of old Tyron Smith compiled with the learning curve for Conner Williams. It’s just not the same No. 1 offensive line in the NFL.

But on the defensive side, Byron Jones is rated as one of the top cornerbacks in the league and I feel comfortable pairing him with any of the receivers on the field. Still sometimes wide receivers make catches, and it appears they like to do it against some of the other corners on this team too.

The Jones move was quite possibly the best move of the entire offseason and is paying dividends at the moment, until it becomes expensive for the Cowboys. At which point there will be a lot of mouths looking to be fed.

The play calling...lets just say its less than desirable and often incapable of accomplishing what it wants.

Somehow you still have a running back with the most yards in the NFL, and a 5.2 yards per carry clip. But he only has two rushing touchdowns.

One of your most potentially talented defensive linemen can’t get on the field, whether for personal reasons or suspensions or whatever is going on.

On the other hand you still have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, who you drafted and can almost single handedly change the complexion of a bad offensive drive by getting a strip sack on the other end.

Sure would be great to be able to line those guys up together and get all of the pressure.

And it goes on and on.

The Cowboys are struggling in a time that they want to take advantage of a cheap quarterback, but time and again the balance of the good things they are doing all over the field is struck down and undermined by something bad.

Will they be able to get it together in time? Well the way the rest of the NFC East is playing, maybe they will stumble their way into a mediocre playoff game.