It’s been just about five weeks since QB Dak Prescott went down with a gruesome ankle injury in a matchup with the New York Giants. Since then, this team just can’t seem to do anything right. Since that game, the team is 0-4 and the offense has gone completely missing. They have yet to score over 19 points in any of the four games they played without Dak.
We have seen glimpses of decent performances in the last two games, however. They almost knocked off the undefeated Steelers in a 24-19 loss that came right down to the end of the game. They now sit at 2-7 and tied for last place in the NFC East, with the #3 draft pick currently in their sights. It’s safe to say that this year is a wash, but there may be a lot to look forward to next year and a way to fix this team.
Currently, the team is tied to a lot of expensive contracts, some of them will be more difficult to move than the others. The four that stick out are the contracts of Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Jaylon Smith.
All four of them certainly have had their ups and downs on this team, but it may be time to move some of them. I’ll start with Amari Cooper. If you watch the Cowboys on a week-to-week basis, he is one of the most aggravating players to watch and get a grip on.
One week, he could get 10 receptions for 150 yards and the next game, you won’t even notice that he’s on the field. It gets unpredictable and quite confusing when watching him play. If they could get a second-rounder for him in a trade this summer, that would be ideal for this team who could go into this draft with a good amount of capital for picks. Cooper is still a very talented player but his up and down tendencies may not be worth his $20 million a year salary.
Resigning Dak has to be the first thing this team does. They have been going back and forth for a new contract for the better part of two years now. If you see what this offense is like without him there, you know that he deserves the money he’s asking for.
He is coming off a bad injury, so that may lower the dollar value by a little bit, but anywhere between $35-$37 million a year should be in line for him. He is more than deserving of this money and seeing how this team reacted to the Dalton hit, he seems to be the only true leader on that team. The Jones brothers need to see this, they will get what they deserve if they don’t sign him, but I can’t imagine a world in which they don’t.
Finally, going into the draft, the Cowboys need to focus on a few things. To start, any secondary position is in need. I would like to see them go after a corner to put on the other side of Diggs. Diggs has been the one bright spot in this secondary that would otherwise be something of a pop warner team.
Safety is also a huge need for this team, so they should get some secondary pieces in the first two or three rounds of the draft. The offensive line is in clear rebuild mode as we can see. The departure of Travis Frederick has totally changed the line and not for the best either. Smith and Collins both are out for the season, and Zack Martin seems to be the one that is carrying this line, otherwise it is filled out by all rookies or undrafted players.
The foundation of this Cowboys team was always the offensive line, without a good line, nothing else can be done and for those who are wondering, there is a reason that Zeke has fallen off so much this year, very little protection and time to move.
If they can address these problems over the offseason, I truly do believe that this team can go back to the post season. They are by far the most talented team on paper in the NFC East and they can reach heights even beyond that if they do the right thing.
At some point, Jerry needs to realize that time is running out for these players to get something going and with the teams around the league getting better every year, he can’t afford to stand still and come back with the same team.
In order to fix the Cowboys, they need a complete reboot on the defensive side of the ball and to sign the RIGHT players, unlike the ones they signed most recently, maybe then they can finally return to glory.