Dallas Cowboys: Is this the missing link to the Super Bowl?

Free safety Earl Thomas Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Free safety Earl Thomas Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East crown, beat the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs, and had the youngest team in the playoffs last season. What are the Cowboys missing to make it to the Super Bowl?

The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best luxuries in the entire NFL. Not only are the Cowboys a talented team, but it also boasts the youngest or one of the youngest rosters in the league.

Whether it’s on the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side, the Cowboys are loaded with super stars and and future super stars. From Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott to Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, this team has play makers ready to take it to the next level.

And when I say “next level”, I’m referring to the Super Bowl.

Since the Cowboys fell short in their quest to make the Super Bowl this past season, might they be just one piece away from making the Super Bowl?

Depending on who you ask or listen to on sports radio, the answer varies. Some fans of Cowboys Nation believe the Cowboys don’t need to add any high priced free agents and should continue to  develop their own talent.

NFL experts believe this team needs one or two players to upgrade the roster and take this team to the next level. The one player who name keeps coming up in these hot topics is perennial All Pro safety Earl Thomas.

This defensive juggernaut is the best free safety in game and owner and general manager Jerry Jones likes Thomas, too.

That’s a good thing!

Quite frankly, I believe Thomas is beyond the missing piece to take Dallas to the Super Bowl. In fact, if Dallas had Thomas on its roster this past season, maybe, just maybe, Dallas wins enough games, grabs a number one seed and make a Super Bowl run.

The main reason Dallas needs Thomas is because he’s a dynamic game changer that makes Dallas’ defense the best in the league. Thomas has so many tangibles that opposing offensive coordinators will be up all night finding ways to avoid him.

For example, in the Dallas’ game against the Seahawks last regular season, Thomas had two interceptions that played a part in Dallas losing that game. Thomas recording two interceptions is one thing, but it’s in the manner in how Thomas intercepted those balls.

Because Thomas has the unique, uncanny and instinctive ability to be around the ball at all times, he was able to intercept two passes that went off of the fingertips of Dallas’ receivers. Thomas performs this feat on a regular basis.  Sorry, you can’t teach that.

Speaking of turnovers, Thomas will add a much needed stat to this top-five defense. As good as Dallas defense is, it lacked turnovers, and that is an important ingredient for any defense to reach its maximum potential.

Imagine Dallas’ offense getting extra possessions because of the turnovers either created by Thomas or because opposing quarterbacks are throwing into double coverage trying to avoid Thomas.

It’s a win-win situation for Dallas.

Another reason why Thomas is the missing link to Dallas making the Super Bowl is that he’ll make the players around him better. Here is one example.

Defensive back Byron Jones basically shuts down half the field whenever he’s covering the opposing team’s best receiver. Dallas’ other corner, Chidobe Awuzie, is an aggressive, solid corner that can hold his own-along with Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis doing an above average job covering the slot receiver.

Safety Xavier Woods is excellent at covering an opposing team’s tight end down the seam or a running back running the wheel route.

That means if poor ole Eli Manning of the New York Giants wants to take chances throwing a deep pass to Odell Beckham, Jr or a deep seem route to Evan Engram, chances are the pass will either get intercepted by Thomas, broken up, or Eli will be sacked because he nobody was open.

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That’s one scenario Thomas affords Dallas’ secondary. The other benefit is that Lewis, Awuzie, Jones, and even Anthony Brown can take chances and jump routes because Thomas is roaming the field like a hawk  circling the sky ready to zero in on its prey.

Watch any film – Thomas plays the FS position like a center fielder. Nobody flies across both sides of the field as a he does and makes a play! Nobody does!

To be clear, I’m not saying Jerry should break the bank and over pay for Thomas’ services. Nope! Nada! Jerry has some leverage because of Thomas’ injury history and age (Thomas turns 30 at the start of the 2019 season).

All I’m saying is that Jerry should pay him within reason or make it an incentives laden contract that’ll entice Thomas to sign with America’s Team.

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Thomas grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan and made it clear he wants to wear the star.

So Jerry make it happen because Thomas is definitely the missing link the Cowboys need to win a  Super Bowl.

  • Published on 02/21/2019 at 13:08 PM
  • Last updated at 02/21/2019 at 13:08 PM