After picking up multiple elite players in the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys now have all the necessary pieces in place to be successful in 2020 and beyond.
Going into the 2020 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are full of optimism. Not only are they returning their high octane offense, but they added to it by having one of their best drafts in two decades. They hired a new coaching staff, upgraded their defense, and now boast one of the most talented rosters in the entire NFL.
When you look at the players the Cowboys drafted, you get straight up giddy. They did so well in the NFL Draft even the Cowboys’ biggest critics praised them for getting maximum value throughout. Simply put, everyone is expecting big things from the Cowboys this upcoming season.
Alright I know, Cowboys Nation, including myself, expect big things from America’s Team every season, but this season is different.
So ladies and gentlemen, let’s dive into the why the Cowboys have everything they need to win a Super Bowl.
Dallas Cowboys Drafted BPA
The Dallas Cowboys entered offseason as one of the more talented teams already. That’s why the success of NFL draft is really the icing on the cake for this team. CeeDee Lamb was considered a top-10 player by most experts but he fell into the Cowboys lap at Pick 17. Adding an ultra-talented wide receiver like Lamb to Dallas’ receiving corps makes Dallas’ offense a formidable one. If not an unstoppable one.
There isn’t a secondary in the league that can defend Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Blake Jarwin, and Lamb all at the same time. When Dallas goes to an 11 personnel (with one running back, three wide receivers, and a tight end) opposing defenses will have to pick their poison on who to stop and how to stop them.
Be mindful that when Dallas goes to the 11 personnel, running back Tony Pollard can get his reps in this formation as a receiving threat. So once again, who is going to stop Coop, Gallup, Jarwin, Lamb, and Pollard. All of them can completely eat up single-man coverage.
Or Ezekiel Elliott could be the feature back in the 11 personnel package and do major damage running the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield. Either way, opposing defensive coordinators will have a lot of sleepless nights figuring out ways to stop the GSOE (GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!)
That’s how much Lamb improved Dallas’ offense. Coop can play in the slot more often now and just destroy defensive backs.
Trevon Diggs, Neville Gallimore, Reggie Robinson, Tyler Biadasz, ,Bradlee Anae, and Ben DiNucci round out Dallas’ magnificent draft class.
Some considered CB Diggs to be a first round option and his athleticism will surely improve Dallas’ secondary. DT Gallimore will join the rotation of defensive tackles with Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. CB Robinson will give Dallas’ secondary depth and his knack for blocking punts will be a much needed asset for Dallas’ special teams and hopefully swing field position in their favor.
DE Anae is a major steal in the draft because he was one of the most accomplished college pass rushers in the class and the Cowboys got him late. Anae joins edge rushers DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Tyrone Crawford and possibly Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory. Quarterbacks are in trouble.
The future at the center position is locked down with former Wisconsin Badger and Rimington Trophy winner Tyler Biadasz. Biadasz can learn the ropes working behind current center Joe Looney. Dallas found the next Travis Frederick.
Ben DiNucci is a good backup QB that will more than likely replace current backup quarterback Cooper Rush at some point. To shore up the secondary, Dallas signed DB Daryl Worley ,formerly of the Oakland Raiders, after the draft.
A New Regime on the Dallas Cowboys
New head coach Mike McCarthy brought in a new staff and that presence was felt immediately on draft day. From the beginning, Big Mac told Cowboys Vice President of player personnel Will McClay that he wanted players over system.
And that explains why Lamb was taken with the 17th pick, because Lamb was definitely the best player available. Best believe Jason Garrett would have selected a defensive player like K’Lavon Chaisson had he still been coach.
Big Mac learned this lesson the hard way while coaching the Green Bay Packers. Coming from a scheme-first approach organization, Big Mac knows first hand that approach can pigeon hold a team from from succeeding:
With Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback, Big Mac knows he was supposed to win more than one Super Bowl. Blame scheme over talent for that foolery. And because Big Mac is a Super Bowl winning coach, expect him to take this next unit to the….
This talented team should play in the Super Bowl
In 2019, Dallas’ offense was ranked number one in yards per game (431.5), second in passing yards (296.9), fifth in rushing yards (134.6), and sixth in points scored (27.1). Add Dak Prescott’s improvement as a quarterback and a top-10 one statistically, this is as explosive as any offense in the league.
Yes, Dallas’ offensive weapons are on par or better than the Super Bowl winning Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs came back and won the Super Bowl against the 49ers tough defense because it had the offensive firepower to do it. And I see Dallas in the same light.
And under Big Mac’s supervision, Dak will be an even better quarterback by utilizing the offensive weapons around him. Last season, Dak threw for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, had 11 interceptions, but his receivers led the league in drops. If not for the drops, Dak would have thrown for over 5,000 yards and had 35 plus touchdowns.
Dak is the leader of this team and his teammates absolutely love him. So imagine what Dak will do with Lamb as another offensive threat. It’s scary, so scary that I can see Dak and Big Mac holding the Lombardi trophy together in February of 2021! Because finally, Dallas has all the weapons needed on both sides of the ball to win a Super Bowl.