All I have heard coming out of valley ranch is Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett wants Miles Austin in the slot because he is big, physical and they want mismatches. I am not a GM or even a scout, but I pride myself on my player evaluation skills. I have been sticking my neck out all year promoting Cole Beasley in my articles. Is it possible I was right?
Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley avoids the tackle of Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) during the game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
A new meaning to R&B was born on Thanksgiving day in 2012. It’s ROMO&Beasley! I don’t wish injury on anyone, but sometimes it comes in the form of a blessing. With the injury to Kevin Ogletree, Beasley came in to this game as the #4 WR. After the Miles Austin injury he became #3. Here is some food for thought. In 10 starts this season Miles only had 2 games with 7 or more receptions and is averaging 4.9 catches per game. Cole Beasley, in his first semi substantial role, had 7 catches. (keep in mind the hold that prevented one resulting in a pick, Romo overthrew him on one, and another time due to pressure, Romo didn’t see he was open in the endzone.) That doesn’t even bring in to consideration that pretty much every time he ran a route he was open.
The trust between Beasley and Romo is obvious. This gives me some hope for the future of the Dallas Cowboys. I just hope Jason Garrett saw what I did and doesn’t put him back on the bench when others become healthy. I look at it this way, cutting Doug Free and Miles Austin before June 1st will free up about 12 mil in cap space. If they wait until the 2013 season it’s an $18 million cap hit. The bottom line?
Tony Romo had his best game of the season putting up 440 yards and 3 TD’s with the so called backups playing along side Dez Bryant. Enough Said!
Once again, the performance Thursday brings Jason Garrets’ credibility in to question. I am also wondering at this point if Jerry Jones is senile. I posted a list below showing the 2013 salaries for some of the core players of the Cowboys. Keep in mind the new contracts recently given to Orlando Scandrick and Gerald Sensabaugh.
How could Jerry Jones possibly say he was pleased with the offensive line following the horrible 7 sack performance against Cleveland? Senility is the only reasonable explanation.
- Doug Free: $11,175,000
- Brandon Carr: $16,300,000
- Miles Austin: $6,732,000
- Jay Ratliff: $7,000,000
- Tony Romo: $16,818,833
- Demarcus Ware: $12,221,750
- Jason Witten: $8,000,000
- Total: $78,246,833
What does this mean? With the Sensabaugh and Scandrick contracts, well over 2/3 of the 2013 salary cap is devoted to only 9 players!
Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is helped off the turf by tackle Doug Free (68) during the game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
As you can clearly see, Dallas Cowboys GM Jerry Jones has gotten himself in to cap hell once again by jumping out there and overpaying sub par players. What this did was force him to restructure several contracts to get under the salary cap in previous seasons. The problem with that is: 2013 is the year it’s time to pay the piper because of all the back loaded contracts. How does he plan to pay 44 other players with less than 1/3 of the cap space? Enough said. Keep in mind, Anthony Spencer, Mike Jenkins and several other players are in contract seasons and are going to want to get paid. The biggest problem with that is, after so many years of bad drafts there is no depth to replace the players JJ can’t afford to pay. He has no choice but to cut bait and release overpaid guys like Free and Austin and let the young guys like Beasley step up. Draft a true LT in the 1st round and move Tyron Smith back to RT which is his natural position. Draft a decent OG and center and find a replacement for Spencer in either the draft or FA because this team will only get worse if he doesn’t. Anyone with a brain can see that the biggest weakness on this team is the offensive line.
Unfortunately, Jerry Jones has himself in so deep, I don’t see it possible to repair the damage to the Dallas Cowboys in one offseason. The best suggestion I can come up with is to fire Jason Garrett and bring in someone who can coach up the players they have and scheme to make up for the weaknesses. Otherwise, it will be another 16 years of mediocrity.
This team needs a West Coast Offense Guru with some fire and Jon Gruden is waiting for his phone to ring!
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