With the offseason upon us and it being the quiet before the free agency and draft storms, I write a letter to Jerry Jones for this offseason.
First, you may not agree with everything I will say in this letter. That is totally fine, but it is meant for discussion. Hence why it is an open letter. It isn’t meant to say this is the way it is from all Dallas Cowboys’ fans and is subject to change.
We as a fan base want to thank you first and foremost for giving us a team that has won multiple Super Bowls. We also want to thank you for listening to your staff last season and drafting both Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott, it gave us a lot to cheer for. We also want to say congratulations on being elected to the Football Hall of Fame. As we head into the 2017 NFL offseason, we the fans ask the following.
First, don’t pursue Adrian Peterson in free agency. There is no reason for this at all. We now have Ezekiel Elliot and Peterson would be a great backup, but unless he comes so cheap there is nothing to lose, signing him will prevent a signing where we really need help, on defense. There are plenty of running backs that can be backups, in fact we have one now in Alfred Morris.
Second, the Dallas Cowboys need a pass rush. There is no way we as fans can accept that you and the coaching staff don’t see the need here. The pass rush is mediocre on its best days, and if we are to compete again for a Super Bowl we need to get to quarterbacks better.
While we would love to see a huge free agent signing, we understand cap space. If the money isn’t there, it just isn’t there. However, if you are going to develop players from the draft, please get ones that can stay on the field. Ones, that don’t smoke marijuana and fail drug tests.
Third, we ask that you have a serious talk with Jason Garrett. While 13-3 was an outstanding season, his inability to adjust in-game is becoming one of the biggest reasons we lose in the playoffs.
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He is one of the worst clock managers in the entire league and let’s not even start with his inability to use the challenge flag properly. You must tell him he has to start doing better for the team or you will find someone who will.
Next, we ask for an improved secondary. We understand that money is tight, we do, but the pass rush isn’t the only glaring weakness on defense. It has been better than in the past few years, and a good pass rush will help, but please know talent must be added to this area.
Last, we ask that you try to find a trade partner for Tony Romo or other aging vets.
We love Romo (well most of us) but don’t play your hand too much here.
If you can’t get anything in trade for him, releasing him might save enough money with some restructures that some of the areas above can be met. If he is willing to take a massive pay cut, then by all means keep him, but know at the end of the day, money is needed to improve the Dallas Cowboys
Mr. Jones we ask that you at least understand where we are coming from. We know you can’t change who you are at this point, but that maybe, you are willing to at least listen to us. We will still be fans, of course, but we expect you to know your target market. We are that market and wish for us to reach the Super Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys Faithful