High horses are easy to ride, but hard to get down from. So for the detractors stating that executive vice president Stephen Jones was somehow negligent of his duties for basking in the tropical climate of the Bahamas, while one high priced free agent after another signed elsewhere during the first week of free agency, those same individuals will have a hard time easing down off the saddle.
It’s time to re-examine the current state of the team as they know it and accept what everyone around the league is starting to realize. The Cowboys front office is getting it right.They’ve shown an ability to adjust to their circumstances on the fly. So it’s about time they start getting some well-deserved respect for the way this current roster is shaping together.
No, the Cowboys didn’t jump into the fray for the oft-injured Tyrann Mathieu. They didn’t throw money at Ndamukong Suh, who moonlights as a defensive tackle unwilling to execute a defensive scheme he disagrees with. And thankfully they unwillingly met Sammy Watkins’s price of $30 million in guaranteed money.
Even with staying pat, they were able to upgrade their offense on a variety of fronts without breaking the bank. On defense, Joe Thomas checks all the boxes of being a reliable backup capable of filling Anthony Hitchens shoes. He can play all three linebacker positions and provide depth on special teams.
The Cowboys recognized that they could no longer go with the status quo with their receiving corps. This was especially evident when everyone quickly realized just how crippling the suspension of Ezekiel Elliot was. The stagnated offense was given a boost with the additions of Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns. The latter of which will finally provide some much-needed competition for Terrence Williams who regressed from last year. They’ve also given themselves some leverage to work with just in case Dez Bryant has any reservations about restructuring his contract. The team friendly deal will give the Cowboys even more much-needed flexibility as it looks to hammer out a long-term deal for DeMarcus Lawrence.
The team even improved along the offensive line. When Tyron Smith missed time because of reoccurring back issues, there wasn’t any cohesion along the left side of the line. It was evident they missed the veteran influences of Doug Free and Ronald Leary. Last year’s choices of Byron Bell and Chaz Green proved disastrous. The front office has helped right the ship this offseason with the additions of Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin, with the draft still on the horizon.
These moves have given the team options that many sports pundits didn’t see coming. Not a bad haul for a seemingly inept front office.
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