Tommy, from Seattle:
Well, at this point the Dallas Cowboys should get their best pass blockers ready and prepare to rely on the passing game. Since, understandably, the defense will be a work in progress, much like the offensive line this year. You have to protect Tony and give him some smart route runners. I believe in the coaches in Dallas, but we will see what the Cowboys are made of in these next couple of games.
Gio in California:
Dear Jerry Jones, the life of a Dallas Cowboys General Manager must be really hard these days, you just invested $80 million dollars and will not get one extra win because of it. The team is in salary-cap trouble for the next couple of years, it has no depth, and real change is needed at all levels of this franchise. As a fan, we can not do anything but sit back and watch. As this teams Owner and GM, you have the power to change these things IF you really want to. Please Jerry we are depending on you. You are our only hope for the Cowboys to return to greatness. Don’t you want to retire as the NFL’s best GM ever? This still can happen if you remove this coach and hire someone with the energy and enthusiasm to see this team back to it’s former greatness. There are two candidates who I believe can do this. The first one is Sean Payton, and the second is Jon Gruden. Please pay them what they are worth, if that means making them the highest paid coaches in the NFL, then do it.
Mr. Jones, you must also do your part and let go of the Dallas Cowboys GM position for one year. Sit down there with the new coach and create a 5 year plan on how to bring the boys back to a workable cap. I don’t believe the positive change will take the 5 years for us to reach. One good draft and another year for development should be the key to getting this team back on track. The 78 million dollars worth of cap space used to pay only 7 players must be addressed in the first year. You can’t change everything in one year. The cap number will kill this team, but I do believe we can handle 1/3 of the cap hits with the right decisions if the Cowboys trading certain players away for draft picks. I believe this change along with bringing some nasty players who are aggressive on the field will bring back the fans who strayed away from the Star.
The rest is up to you JJ, do we continue on this same path or do we start the climb to the pinnacle of the mountain called Super bowl champions?
How do I begin to express my displeasure with how you have tarnished the STAR of this once proud franchise? How could you possibly bring in scrubs like Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings as offensive lineman and still expect to contend for anything? Basically those two were castoffs that nobody wanted. You need to do better scouting and drafting to find lineman that can protect your number one asset in Tony Romo. Jerry, how can you stand by a Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator like Jason Garrett? Jason Garrett has this team unprepared to play week after week. They get off to sluggish/lackluster starts. It’s like they have no game plan coming in. Jerry, how can you sit back and watch this Jason Garrett coached team commit the same penalties week in and week out? They are obviously not learning anything from Garrett or even listening to him because if they were listening to him these penalties wouldn’t keep happening. Jerry, we need a Head Coach with some fire and energy. A head coach who doesn’t look lost on the sidelines. A Head Coach that doesn’t have time management issues, be it losing the game out in Baltimore with a little pass to Dez that went nowhere which made for a difficult field goal for Dan Bailey, or the game in Atlanta when he used his time outs way too prematurely. Jerry, how can you constantly go gung ho and give lucrative contracts to Gerald Sensabaugh and Orlando Scandrick, putting this team deeper in to cap hell, so when you need a free agent you are unable to get anyone that is of quality?
Dear Jerry Jones, My name is Daniel Carpency and my profile name is King Cobra. I am 19 years old and am a freshman at San Jacinto Community College in Pasadena, Texas which is near Houston. I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was 6 years old. There are parts of the team’s operating with which I am displeased. Jason Garrett is a terrible coach. Please fire him and replace him with a real coach such as Bill Cowher, Sean Payton, etc. that knows how to enforce discipline like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells could. The Cowboys are committing way too many penalties, particularly Doug Free, and its costing us games. Please get a new offensive coordinator such as Tony Sparano or Mac Brown or some one that can at least call plays better than Garrett, or allow Romo to call the plays so that we can make use of our offensive power.
Please get a new offensive line, put Tyron Smith back to RT, and get rid of Doug Free.
Please hire a new Special Teams coach because we are doing a terrible job in the kick return game. Please bring in more defensive linemen with a mean streak because our defensive line, except Jay Ratliff, needs help. Finally, please hire a defensive line and offensive line coach that can get our offensive line to have a killer-instinct inside them. Thank you, Daniel Carpency.
First, you deserved to be thanked for the three Super Bowls in the 90s; those where some of the happiest times of my life. The problem is that I have been waiting far too long for similar glory. I presume that it is foolish, if not offensive, to ask you to fire yourself as the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, so I won’t.
I will ask you to review the following football axioms and find some way to ensure that every aspect of the Dallas Cowboys organization is based around adhering to these principles:
1. NFL football games are usually won and lost in the trenches. You can not have a competitive football for very long if you neglect the offensive and/or defensive lines.
2. Protect your investments and best player. It is Tony Romo.
3. Signing high priced free agents, despite being a short term fix that increases revenue, is never a good substitute for solid drafting. If you have to sign too many expensive free agents, then some of your scouts and draft people need to be fired.
4. You have the money, make sure you have the most and the best scouts in the country so that you can draft better.
5. Successful football teams that win multiple Championships are rarely centered on having a bunch of star players. You build a perennial successful football clubs, not by paying for high-priced stars, but by making sure that you have depth and that every player is solid (even if he is not a star or Pro-Bowler). You do not need great players. You need solid players at every position with depth.
6. Like in all organizations, it is imperative that all employees are held accountable for their performance.
7. Competition, at all levels, is also a prerequisite for success in any industry.
8. Find a Head Coach and then staff the entire organization with people who will insist that every aspect of team life will be subjected to competition and every player will be held accountable for his behavior (both on and off the field).
As you can see Mr. Jones, all of the fans are pretty much seeing the same flaws in your organization. My question is: When are you going to recognize it? More importantly, when are you going to do something about it?
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