Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys brain trust believe they have the talent on the roster to compete in the second season. However, they do recognize they may be a piece or two holding them back.
First Up – WR
After chasing a WR1 in free agency and striking out (Sammy Watkins) the club paid the piper and made the call when Gruden announced the Raiders firesale. The sent the first round draft pick west and welcomed with open arms a highly talented WR talent they plug in at the top of their WR rotation.
They were not done.
The team finally acknowledged what those outside the organization had already noted, the offensive line was underperforming considering the talent on hand. More specifically rookie OG Connor Williams has not been developing as well as expected and the unit was woeful in pass-protection. Yes, the unit misses All-Pro offensive center, Travis Frederick, however, journeyman Joe Looney has acquitted himself quite well in Frederick’s absence. Yet the unit has had assignment issues on blitz pickups and new blocking techniques have not had the expected results. That is scheme specific and that’s on the coach.
The Cowboys took a swipe at what they view as the problem as they announced that former 8-year offensive line coach Paul Alexander had been let go from the Cowboys before he even finished his first season. Former Cowboys OL and current assistant coach Mark Colombo has been given the new title and will lead the highly talented group moving forward.
The team isn’t leaving Colombo out in the cold as they have brought back 75-year-old Hudson Houck as an adviser to the unit. This is a GREAT move. Houck is the real deal. Tough as nails, he allows zero excuses from his crew and brings 40 years of experience to the party.
I like everything about these moves. It’s good to see an honest assessment of the team by the front office. The way they handled the WR acquisition and the OLine performance makes it clear the team views their windows as being open now.
Now if they can learn to win one on the road …
What say you Sports Nation?
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