Now the 2014 Jerry Jones plan has been hatched. DeMarcus Ware was released, Miles Austin is designated to be released, Jason Hatcher is gone, Anthony Spencer is somewhere, but not here. So with all of the needs on the Cowboys’ defense, one has to wonder where to they go from here? Remember it isn’t just about productivity, but this team has lost some leadership.
So the defensive line is a mess, and when I say mess I mean put 100 kids in a Toys-R-Us with free reign to play with anything for a day and it still wouldn’t match the mess of this D-Line. The most accomplished lineman is George Selvie. The lineup makes me shutter just to think about it. Today’s additions of Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain do little to improve the situation either.
There are some better options the Dallas Cowboys have, although it may not be the biggest splash or make a lot of fans happy for a year or so, but there are options.
We know the Dallas Cowboys are looking at Henry Melton at DT. This would fill a pretty big hole. With him the line would look like this: Crawford, Melton, Hayden, Selvie. Not exactly a scary front four, but hold up a second.
Jared Allen is available and has been pretty healthy. Signing him to a one or two year deal would give a little more to the line; Selvie, Melton, Hayden, Allen. Much better, but wait we aren’t done! If they draft correctly they could get let’s say Aaron Donald in the first. Now you are looking at; Selvie, Melton, Donald, Allen. The plot thickens as does the D-Line.
So the next spot on D the Cowboys are looking is OLB. It would allow Lee to play middle, and Carter to move to the opposite side if they findthe right guy. Enter, Wesley Woodyard. While injuries have been an issue, a Carter, Lee, Woodyard LB corps looks pretty darn good. If they miss on Woodyard there are some other options as the LB market is huge this year.
So say they get the fixes for the first two spots on D. That leaves the DBs. While I know they seem to love Wilcox and Johnson, did anyone at all watch Jeff Heath last season? Yup, why he still has a roster spot is beyond me. So how to the Cowboys fix this position? If we are talking FA, why has no one looked at Chris Clemmons? They guy is as underrated as you are going to find at safety and very steady. Now if money is hard to get for him, then maybe a guy like Thomas DeCloud. Miss in FA? Well how about 2nd round in the draft if they can get Clavin Pryor or Terrance Brooks. You are now looking at; Claiborne, Carr, Scandrick, Church, and Clemmons/DeCloud/Pryor/Brooks. Not too shabby.
Sure it would take a little bit of forward thinking, but this could fix some of the Cowboys’ problems on D. While there is still an issue at Guard and FB on the offensive side of the ball this opens up the draft to fill those holes. BeWare the Cowboys could pull this off, and if they do there would be some happy Cowboys’ fans. Now does anyone have the number to Jerry Jones? I have a phone call to make.