Dallas Cowboys Reality Check: Take 1


Jan 20, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner

Jerry Jones

with head coach

Jason Garrett

seen in the stands of the North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The are many misconceptions about the Dallas Cowboy and in reading fan comments on various websites it appears most fans are on the same page.  I would like to help clear-up some of the rubbish that goes through people minds, not because I have inside information but because I am a rational guy.

Misconception No. 1

Jerry Jones is not interested in winning, he just wants to make boat-loads of cash.                                         

First of all Jerry Jones already has boat-loads of cash, cash that he EARNED.  He dropped every dime he had to purchase a team that was in a bad way at the time.  He was a key cog in turning the worst football team in the nation to a Super Bowl Champ in a few years.  He spends all kinds of resources to hire the best coaches and trainers and scouts that money can buy, built the best stadium the World has ever seen and he brings in whatever free-agents the cap will allow.  HE WANTS TO WIN FOLKS!  I truly believe that 9 out of 10 “fans” don’t think that’s true.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

Misconception No. 2

The Cowboys are the only team that’s bad at managing the cap.        

The truth of the matter folks is that ANY team with a franchise QB is in cap trouble.  If 15% of your cap is spent on one player, that’s one out of 53, well how are you not going to be pushing it every year.  The cap structure needs to be refined because it does not work the way it is, there should be limits of some-sort, it needs to be tweaked.  Look at the NFC Championship game, you had the Niner’s at the Seahawks.  Each of these teams have Quarterbacks playing on their rookie contracts, do you think that when Kap and Russell Wilson get paid that those teams are going to have the depth that they have now?  Not a chance.  As soon as the payday comes for them, and it won’t be long, those teams will lose vital pieces on both sides of the ball.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Getting back to the Cowboys though, some of their cap troubles came from re-signing old veterans, which it appears they are learning from.

Misconception No. 3

Dallas is bad at drafting good players.        

This one irks me the most because the Cowboys have been quite good in the draft, especially in recent years.  People seem to think that Jerry and Company have no regard for their scouts’ opinions and just do what they want.  Ridiculous!  The Travis Frederick move last year has worked out great, even-more so if Terrance Williams continues to grow.  The Cowboys also continuously find gems in the later rounds, Ratliff, Lissemore, Dwayne Harris, and Davonte Holloman come to mind.  The draft is not a science and the Cowboys do it as good as anybody out there.

In closing, it is easy to harp on everything so repetitively, anybody can do it and almost everybody does.  Go check out the mailbag on Dallascowboys.com sometime, the questions asked are ridiculous and you would have to assume that they pick the best ones to answer.  I guess I just don’t understand the fan-base, and I don’t mean that in a negative way at all.  I understand the disappointment of the past 20 years, trust me it kills me.  To be honest though, it is going to make it that much sweeter when we get it right, I can’t wait for the day.

I will be proud that I was there, behind these guys the whole time…