The Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team, yet rarely do they ever satisfy the nation. Heck, they have enough issues making their own fan base happy. Not only have they not reached the pinnacle of the sport in 23 years, they haven’t even come close since the century has changed.
This offseason was no different; fans have hated almost every single move the team made. Let’s break it all down, since the end of the season, fans have despised:
- The retention of Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and to some degree, Rod Marinelli.
- The hiring of Paul Alexander as offensive line coach.
- Allowing Rich Bisaccia to leave.
- Allowing Matt Eberflus to leave.
- Not being aggressive in free agency: not in play for Ndamukong Suh or Tyrann Mathieu, etc…
- Letting Anthony Hitchens walk away without seriously engaging in extension talks.
- Placing only a second-round tender on David Irving, encouraging another team to snoop around.
- Let Keith Smith walk in free agency.
- Restructured an aging Jason Witten’s contract.
- Wasting money on wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
- Couldn’t trade for Earl Thomas.
- Released Dez Bryant.
That is a long list of things the team did upset their fans. Looking at all of them, some moves were unavoidable. The price for Hitchens was way too high to pay, Bisaccia wanted to leave to reunite with Jon Gruden and the decision on Irving turned out to be right one. The blossoming defensive lineman was never in danger of leaving the Cowboys and they got a cheaper deal for him in 2018.
Dallas could also still swing a trade for Thomas, depending on what the Seattle Seahawks’ asking price is.
On the flip side, some of the moves by the Cowboys have been well received:
- Hiring Kris Richard as defensive game passing coordinator.
- Bringing in Sanjay Lal as receivers coach.
- Signing Allen Hurns.
- Signing Cam Fleming as a swing tackle.
- Moving Byron Jones to cornerback full-time.
- Trading for Jamize Olawale.
There isn’t nearly as much to be happy about according to Cowboys fans. The negatives certainly outweigh the positives, and the additions don’t seem to be as big of a deal as the losses.
The good news is the draft is right around the corner and can help shape how we remember the offseason. It can also make a huge difference in how the 2018 season turns out. Right now, the draft might be the only thing to salvage this dumpster fire of an offseason according to some fans. However, the masses rarely like what the Cowboys do on draft night either, so expect more disappointment.
Dallas Cowboys fans have become increasingly pessimistic about their team; a long drought of any substantial success will do that to you. It would be nice to be patient and see the results before judging, but that isn’t in Cowboys fans’ nature.
There’s a long way to go before the season begins, hopefully, the all the panic is misguided. Then we’ll all have a good laugh together, it’s the American Way for America’s Team!
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