If the Dallas Cowboys want to win a Super Bowl, Jamal Adams is worth trading for.
Despite having one of the best and most talented rosters in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys are viewed more as an offensive juggernaut than an overall formidable team. And that’s because the Cowboys defense grades mediocre at best, and is generally regarded as the major weakness on the team.
Although the Cowboys had a healthy “War Daddy” in DeMarcus Lawrence last season, the defense failed to live up to its top-10 rankings from the previous season, and is the primary reason they missed the 2019 playoffs.
As much as I want to blame former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for the Cowboys disastrous defense, that blame goes to former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, passing game coordinator Kris Richard, and the defensive players. Hey, the players get paid to produce.
Basically, the argument can be made that it’s the Dallas Cowboys’ defense that’s holding them back from winning that elusive and coveted Lombardi Trophy. However, the Cowboys can stop their defensive bleeding to some extent if they flat out trade for the services of All Pro Safety Jamal Adams, and make a run for a Super Bowl title.
It’s truly that simple because Adams is that great and will upgrade all the defensive players around him.
Yeah, I know you’re thinking “how can one man increase a team’s chances of winning a Super Bowl? This isn’t basketball where one man can take a team to an NBA championship and win it all!” That is true, but it’s different in this case because the Cowboys defense has key pieces and its secondary is not void of talent. The potential is there with defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, Donovan Wilson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Daryl Worley, Trevon Diggs, Reggie Robinson II, and Maurice Canady.
Those guys aren’t an awful bunch of defensive backs, but last season they were coached down to use an awful technique that only hindered them in their ability to make interceptions, and it exposed them to being burned on a consistent basis-Chido is prime example.
But adding Adams makes everyone better because he can now do what Woods and Clinton-Dix aren’t that good at doing, and that’s covering three-quarters of the field like a center fielder. Look, we know Adams is a beast in the box, but he’s also a beast in deep coverage. If Dallas uses Adams as a ball-hawking safety they could move the other safeties around and play to their strengths.
If you need a reminder, go back watch the game against the Cowboys last season and you’ll see the clinic he produced for how to play the free safety position. Heck, go watch all of his games and you’ll be more impressed. Adams is a younger version of fellow All Pro Earl Thomas.
With Adams in Dallas’ secondary, there are so many scenarios in which he improves his fellow teammates performance. For instance, Woods can play down in the box and play to his strengths as a run-stopping, thumper (yes, he’s a decent free safety as well). Brown, Chido, and Lewis can play more man and take more chances jumping routes because Adams has the back-end covered like a blanket.
And if the reports are true that Chido will be moved to safety, that only makes the addition of Adams that much better because the Cowboys will now have two safeties that can cover and will stop anything in front of them. Besides, Chido might play better in the safety position because he played the position in college and did fine.
Or Chido might stay at corner because he’s decent and with a new defensive coordinator at the helm, there’s the possibility that he plays at a Pro Bowl level. Once again, Adams presence will be felt because now all of the corners know if they make a mistake, Adams is there is to correct it.
Opposing offensive teams like the Philadelphia Eagles will have to scheme differently with Adams roaming the field like a drone ready to strike. Instead of Philly going deep or using seam routes, head coach Dough Pederson might keep it simple/safe and use more intermediate routes.
Think about it. That’s how Philly attacked Dallas’ secondary in their second contest.
sidenote: For those wondering how to acquire Adams. Dallas could offer a first rounder, a late round pick, and CB like Lewis or Brown. Or a second rounder, a late round pick and Brown. A good draft pick and a player should do it. Plus, if Dallas starts the season on a winning streak, they’ll have more leverage, especially if their defensive backfield plays extremely well and a few players stand out.
More importantly, Dallas’ defensive backs confidence will only grow because Adams will make key plays, force turnovers, and make them compete on a higher level. Whenever the star players dominate, the others follow suit and get better. It’s a proven method.
Lastly, Adams’ coverage skills will allow Dallas’ front four to get more sacks or at least get more pressures on opposing quarterbacks. More quarterbacks pressures forces turnovers and three and outs. And as a result, it gives the ball back to Dallas’ high octane offense.
The Dallas Cowboys have the coaching and players to boot, but Adams is the final piece to the puzzle and worth trading for to win a few Super Bowl titles.