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    Top three positions the Cowboys need to improve this offseason

    Selena Sixtos
    January 15, 2019

    With the 2018 NFL season behind us, Dallas must shift its focus to improving various grey areas on this young Cowboys roster.

    The Cowboys defense saw plenty of growth this season and it certainly left people stunned at the dominance the Cowboys carried on this side of the ball. Still, it became exposed by top-scoring offenses, most recently by the L.A. Rams.

    On the other hand, the Dallas defense was in true elite form when they held the Saints, another top-scoring offense, to a jaw-dropping 10 points in Week 13.

    The addition of passing game coordinator Kris Richard undoubtedly brought this group to a whole new level. Richard ignited an attitude that very well may have saved the Cowboys’ season as he paved the way for a defense-driven team. As the status for Richard’s role next season remains unknown, it’s as important as ever to solidify the safety and defensive line positions, including positions on the offensive line. Safety

    Earl Thomas, anybody?

    Last season the Cowboys passed on six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomas because they were simply unwilling to pay the man. Dallas could still use a “high-profile” play maker at safety, but the question remains about whether or not they can afford one.

    Totaling 74 tackles and one interception this season, Jeff Heath isn’t exactly known for consistency and his rocky performance against the Rams served as a cruel reminder that the Cowboys desperately need to upgrade this role.

    Jerry Jones has commented on the plan of drafting a free agent and he let it be known that the team plans to explore its options in the draft, a sign of good faith. The team is lacking a dominant playmaker in its secondary and I am confident (optimistic) that the position will be solidified this off season. Defensive Line (DT, DE)

    The biggest question surrounding the Cowboys defense is where Demarcus Lawrence stands with this team next season, but if you ask me there is no way the Cowboys are letting him walk. The Tank is going to get paid and rightfully so. Even with the security of DLaw, beefing up the defensive line will do this team some good.

    Maliek Collins had a defining game in the post season against Seattle where he demonstrated just how explosive he can be. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys as has DT Antwaun Woods but that depth chart doesn’t really expand past David Irving, who has missed “multiple” mandatory drug tests and is jeopardizing his place in the NFL. The Cowboys need to be prepared to handle potential injuries or seasonal adjustments. The more hot boyz the merrier. Offensive Line

    “The offensive line has seen some substantial change the past two seasons, and will likely see more moving forward,” said staff writer Darreck Kirby.

    The absence of Center Travis Frederick was deeply felt all season as the offensive line dwindled before our eyes. Fortunately, the All-Pro is set to return for the 2019 season and his impact is going to make all the difference for this team. Regardless, the Cowboys need to address the depth of the offensive line.

    There has been speculation that La’el Collins could be re-positioned to left guard, which in turn would leave Connor Williams at right tackle. While there is still no definite truth to these rumors, it is true that Collins has been struggling at RT while Williams has taken some time to develop. Beyond that, Xavier Su’a-filo showed promise filling in at left guard after Williams suffered an injury in November. Having gained starter experience, both Su’a-filo and Joe Looney will play integral parts when restructuring the O-Line next season.

    Backup left tackle Cameron Fleming wasn’t as much of a contribution as the team needed meaning that an viable LT should be prioritized to cover for Tyron Smith. Fleming will become an unrestricted free agent this off season and his roster status remains in question.

    The absolute wonderful thing about this Cowboys roster is the all-around youth, the willingness to adapt and be coachable as we’ve seen this season. Yes, the Cowboys have some serious business to take care of this offseason, but I am confident in this teams ability to continue moving forward.

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    Personally I disagree with this list. I would add tight end and remove OL. Not that I wouldn't do something on the OL, I just feel TE is a bigger hole. Also, I kind of think La'el finished the season pretty strong.
    Wow the link to change your signature is hard to find!

  • #2
    Agreed. He's overselling La'El Collins' struggles. He was an above average tackle this year.

    And yeah.... "Connor Williams 'took some time' to develop." Way to bury the lead. He's a rookie 2nd round pick, dumbass, of course he took some time to develop. But he developed nicely. Probably will be significantly better next year.

    TE is a much bigger need, unless you for some dumb reason think you should be counting on undrafted Blake Jarwin or 4th round pick Dalton Schultz more than you should be counting on Connor Williams.

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    • #3
      1. TE
      2. 1-technique DT
      3. Safety

      And, firing the head coach, the offensive coordinator, and shove a cattle prod up Marinelli’s ass roughly enough to get him to understand the significance and importance of having a 1-tech DT.
      No Pat McQuistan = No Super Bowl. It's that simple.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Plan9Misfit View Post
        1. TE
        2. 1-technique DT
        3. Safety

        And, firing the head coach, the offensive coordinator, and shove a cattle prod up Marinelli’s ass roughly enough to get him to understand the significance and importance of having a 1-tech DT.
        If we fire the HC and OC, I'd hope we'd be smart enough to fire the DC, too.

        But I guess if you had mentioned that, you wouldn't have been able to fit your snappy cattle prod joke in.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Plan9Misfit View Post
          1. TE
          2. 1-technique DT
          3. Safety

          And, firing the head coach, the offensive coordinator, and shove a cattle prod up Marinelli’s ass roughly enough to get him to understand the significance and importance of having a 1-tech DT.
          I'd say...

          1. 3 Technique DT
          2. Safety
          3. TE

          4. RB

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cowboysrock55 View Post

            I'd say...

            1. 3 Technique DT
            2. Safety
            3. TE

            4. RB
            I would say this but QB needs to be #1.
            #Fire Garrett

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rev View Post

              I would say this but QB needs to be #1.
              What would be your plan for a QB?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cowboysrock55 View Post

                What would be your plan for a QB?
                Nothing. I just wanted to fire you up this morning.
                #Fire Garrett

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                • #9
                  I feel like we've needed a DT and a safety around these parts for what seems like forever now.

                  This organization just doesn't value those positions for whatever reason.
                  2013 DCC Fantasy Football Champeen

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                  • #10
                    1. 1-tech DT
                    2. S
                    3. TE
                    4. LT
                    5. RB2
                    2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rev View Post

                      Nothing. I just wanted to fire you up this morning.
                      I figured. Maybe I'm just not much in a riled up mood this morning.

                      But I do like talking QBs. Especially potential new ones. It's nothing against Dak, I think he is doing a really good job but there is such an advantage to having an elite QB. Especially one on a cheap deal for a few years. Just not sure how to get there. This draft wouldn't be worth it more than likely. Although I like some of the second tier QBs. But without a new offensive coordinator and QB coach to develop them we would probably be spinning our wheels.
                      Last edited by Cowboysrock55; 01-16-2019, 10:29 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post
                        1. 1-tech DT
                        2. S
                        3. TE
                        4. LT
                        5. RB2
                        I'm actually surprised people think a 1 technique is a bigger need in Dallas than a 3 technique. Maybe it's the Rams impact. We got shredded so now everyone wants the giant run plugger in the middle. I actually would far prefer a real 3 technique. A guy who can pressure the QB and make some serious penetration to cause problems for a team run game. I like Antwaun Woods as a 1 technique. My bigger concerns is the 3 spot where we should be getting a guy who can really cause havoc and instead we get guys who can maybe get you 3 or 4 sacks a year with limited pressure. Irving is donzo unfortunately.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cowboysrock55 View Post

                          I'm actually surprised people think a 1 technique is a bigger need in Dallas than a 3 technique. Maybe it's the Rams impact. We got shredded so now everyone wants the giant run plugger in the middle. I actually would far prefer a real 3 technique. A guy who can pressure the QB and make some serious penetration to cause problems for a team run game. I like Antwaun Woods as a 1 technique. My bigger concerns is the 3 spot where we should be getting a guy who can really cause havoc and instead we get guys who can maybe get you 3 or 4 sacks a year with limited pressure. Irving is donzo unfortunately.
                          I'm with you on the 3T DT. I think that pressure up the middle is crucial to become an elite defense. I'm also wary of the potential drop off of Woods. Seems like the players that come from nowhere always fall back to earth the next year. Let's just get both.
                          #Fire Garrett

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rev View Post

                            I'm with you on the 3T DT. I think that pressure up the middle is crucial to become an elite defense. I'm also wary of the potential drop off of Woods. Seems like the players that come from nowhere always fall back to earth the next year. Let's just get both.
                            Yeah and I'm not against a 340 pound 1 technique. They are probably easier to find in the draft too. But one of the most important players in this defense is the 3 technique. And we just didn't get that much production from that spot. We need someone that can actually make plays in the backfield on a consistent basis.

                            It sucks not having a first round pick. But there are a lot of DT's projected to go in the first. If one of them slips to the second I'd probably be all over it. Someone like Dre'Mont Jones from Ohio State, Jeffrey Simmons, Rashaan Gary or Christian Wilkins of Clemson. Or maybe even Jerry Tillery? I didn't watch much Notre Dame but he sort of has the Irving build about him. Which I think the 6'6" - 6'7" monsters have been some of our best 3 techniques. Guys like Jason Hatcher and David Irving have been the most disruptive DT's we have had here. And that's not even including Williams or Oliver who I think are sure first round DT's. So it's possible one of these guys slips to the second.

                            And if Dexter Lawrence slips instead I'm not going to scoff at him simply because he is a 1 technique instead.

                            My problem is I'm also a huge fan of TJ Hockenson and what he could do for our offense as both a receiver and blocker at TE. Dude can block people up as a blocker and catches balls as well as any of the TE's in this class. He isn't as flashy athletically as Noah Fant but he is the type of guy you steal in the second round and he becomes a stud.

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't separate the DT need out to 1-T or 3-T, I'd be open to either at any point in the draft if it's BPA or near it. All things being equal I might lean 3-T but either type of DT would be an upgrade.

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