When you really study a team, it can be quite amazing to review the staple of mock draft offerings and look at what “expert analyst” have to say in regards to the Dallas Cowboys direction in the draft. It becomes quickly apparent that much of the claimed “expertise” must be on a different subject, as some don’t seam to be aware of what type of schemes are played or the implementation of the RKOG protocols. Others just seam to be working their personal rankings regardless of team needs.This makes little sense as no matter how much talk there is about how BPA is the way to go, “need” is the driving force in drafts. This is due to the business model the NFL has created.
BPA (best player available) is the path to long term team success. Yet coaches and a few GM’s need to win now in order to keep their jobs. This leads to all kinds of conflict. Project players become riskier, but make a GM look good when they hit. Coaches don’t want the years of low level production to develop a player when they need NFL ready talent on the field. So GM’s tend to chase players with high ceilings and coaches politic for guys that show instincts and have game production on their resumes. Wade Phillips was guilty of these sins as the Cowboys head coach in the draft room and more importantly on the field as youth was given little time to develop on his watch. This was a key aspect of the poor team management that led to the dearth of replacement parts for the team.
The Dallas Cowboys are a team that “seem” to have learned the lesson about the NFL business model that is echoed by the silly draft picks made by the pundits around the league. In recent years we have been able to verify they have stuck to their board. They have cut down on trades, free agency excesses and players of questionable repute. Continuity awareness is also demonstrated as talented coaches are held to contracts. A template for player acquisition is being developed for the new defensive scheme. The scouting department seams able to identify talent at needed positions. A treasure trove of draft picks has been harvested in order to implement the freshly found wisdoms.
Jerry Jones has rightfully been given the blame for the incredible run of team ineptitude. Therefor he deserves credit for a turnaround that is showing continuity (I almost cramped up typing that). There are a lot of holes to fill, but I am cautiously optimistic at the direction the Cowboys are headed. It will take a few more seasons, but the future is looking brighter than it has in years.
Now if Dallas could just end it’s love affair with drafting injured players …..
What say you Cowboys Nation?
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