Jerry! What is going on with your team? As training camp opens. it seems that you don’t have the full team you counted on in early June arriving in California? It’s been 27 years since you’ve purchased the team and I can’t remember the last time that the Cowboys have entered a training camp so discombobulated.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some stuff (note to editor, I’m not sure that I can cuss but I’ll let you know stuff is not the intended word. Let’s play Wheel of Fortune and keep the S, buy a vowel and hope the contestant would get an H and a T) that would make you highly pissed.
The 1999 trade of two first round picks for Joey Galloway (yeah that trade) that was intended to extend Aikman’s career but wound up putting the team in complete salary cap hell. In 2001 they drafted Quincy Carter as well as trading the third-round pick in the 2005 draft for the rights to Drew Henson and even the trade for WR Roy Williams from the Lions for a first, third and sixth round pick in the 2008 draft was enough to make the hardcore fan base give the thought to freebasing. (joke)
What I’m saying is that we’ve been behind you through your questionable General Manager skills. And while some have questioned the thought process of Stephen Jones, I’ll be the first to argue that Stephen has bought balance to the organization and it has shown. The reality is that Stephen is not as attached to the players as you are and I get it. I’ve heard that Jerry is all about the consensus and that he takes information from all groups before he makes a decision with the roster but even I am starting to question the information that you are being given which may not make any sense at all.
What is there to process with the 2016 roster? Rolando McClain? Suspended for ten games and because of salary cap implications and there is a question if he should remain on the roster at all?
Can we agree that Randy Gregory’s has unquestionable talent? Yes! Should he have been drafted with the teams second round pick? Ehhh. Maybe not. Shortly after drafting him the team decided to give him #94, possibly using Demarcus Ware’s old number to try and light a fire under him, (pun unintended) but let’s put a twist on it. The pressure might have been too much for him to compare him to Ware or even Charles Haley. You could say the same thing about giving Dez Bryant the mythical #88. The difference is the personalities of the two players and what football means to them. I knew that Dez could hold up to the pressure of wearing the number and although he stumbled coming out of the gate, I think that he will continue to represent the team and the previous players that wore the number before him. If he doesn’t, it won’t be because of lack of effort. I would never question what another man goes through to get through day to day but if you love your occupation enough to sacrifice your well-being on a day-to-day basis and make a mistake, please do not follow up that mistake with another one. On draft day as well as days after, Gregory spoke of “making you proud” Jerry. I can applaud you for not turning your back on a person in need, you’ve done it before but do not be a fool.
When speaking about the possibility of signing a veteran quarterback, Stephen spoke on it being the time to develop a quarterback, specifically Dak Prescott and I’m certain that fans for the most part would agree with that wholeheartedly. The problem with the statement is that thought process should include the entire roster. If Rolando McClain cannot adhere to the rules that the NFLPA agreed to then it is time to move on. You can’t expect the coach to say “we only coach the players that are here” but not think about week eleven or twelve and the possibility of said player being available. You’ve taken worse salary cap hits through the years (Jay Ratliff and Kyle Orton) so we do not believe that the 750K really matters to you. Isn’t that what you drafted Anthony Hitchens for?
At the beginning of the 2015 season the Cowboys ranked 14th in the NFL with an average age on the 53-man roster of 26 years old and that is deceiving considering that Romo is 36 years old and Witten is 34. Get rid of those old guys and i’m sure the average will take a dip. (I Kid, I Kid) I’m not sure if it’s the coaching staff or if it is you but history has shown that you’re scared to play younger players. If I was Jason Garrett and secure in my job, had a voice in the drafting of players and if and when they played, it would only make sense to use the younger assets to build a strong core. Back to reality Cowboys fans, Jason Garrett has none of the above going for him. As much as Jerry says that Garrett is his guy, the reality is that another 4-12 season or even an 8-8 season could send the head coach in a spiral and end up like Wade Phillips. To put a spin an a Bill Parcell’s quote “The Cowboys are expecting Jason Garrett to cook with the groceries that the team buys” and to put it bluntly the team in the past bought Rolando McClain and Randy Gregory. I would hate to put Demarcus Lawrence’s suspension into this equation but as a fan, I’m tired of the high risk.
We know that Jerry has made a living off of risky moves and buying the Cowboys was one of them but the inconsistency of the application of the thought process is what drives me crazy. If that’s who you are Jerry, OWN IT, but remember you passed up Randy Moss because of his “character issues”.
Note: Congratulations to Jas for getting her drivers license today! Now you can drive your pops to the MGM for Fat Tuesdays!
Ed Note: Double that congratulations!
So Mote It Be!