With the season officially lost, are the Dallas Cowboys sellers?

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At this point in time, the Dallas Cowboys should start their rebuilding process.

There’s no sense in deluding ourselves anymore. The season for the Dallas Cowboys is a lost cause. The record is 2-6 at the midway point. And while the maligned defense played their best game of the season in last night’s ugly loss, there’s no reason to expect the offense coming to the rescue with, you know, anything resembling an actual touchdown.

All the coaching or scheming or luck in the world weren’t going to get the Cowboys passed the finish line last night. So while they presented some hope for a win for two-and-a-half quarters, the end result was expected. I’m having trouble recalling a similar sense of despair in all my years watching this franchise, and that’s approaching forty years of close cognizance.

So where do we go from here? Who knows? It’s probably somewhat predictable that the proprietors of this moribund horde won’t make any meaningful changes midstream. That’s not the way the Jones family operates. The sample size has grown larger and larger with every passing year. They’d rather lose with their own than win with someone else’s. So expecting a firing of a defensive coordinator, much less a head coach, is a pipe dream at best.

No, for the fans, this veers into the territory of fantasy and whimsy. It also enters the realm of what any rational and intelligent front office would do, so you’re absolutely sure it will never happen at The Star. Also, the weight of some unmovable contracts further sullies the notion that there are any truly tradeable commodities on the roster.

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The only place this is not true is in the form of wide receiver Michael Gallup. Further, he was targeted extensively last night by ersatz starter, quarterback Ben DiNucci. Maybe it’s genuine chemistry between the wideout and the wide-eyed rookie signal caller, but one can’t help but wonder if this was an attempt to shop Gallup as a means to draw an impact player or draft pick. If we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s the Cowboys’ only true chip in regards to Tuesday’s trade deadline. While I’d personally hate to see Gallup go, the organization has to be at lease considering an offer, despite their protestations that he is off the table. No intelligent franchise, at this stage of an obvious rebuild, should shy away from a good offer.

This team isn’t going to do anything with the moneyed players now. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Jaylon Smith, and DeMarcus Lawrence are all steeped in either the franchise tag or severely prohibitive contracts. In Prescott’s case, there is now the pesky specter of that broken and dislocated ankle on what had previously been a pristine injury history. It’d also be a huge mistake to shop rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb since he’s going to be on his rookie deal for the foreseeable future. Simply put, there’s little-to-no money to hide.

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The most reasonable method of getting new talent on board prior to next year’s draft and free agency combo is to start shopping your most tradeable asset. Unfortunately, Michael Gallup is that chit. Theoretically, it’d be very difficult watching him walk to a contender–because that’s where he’d go–and continue to flourish with any manner of franchise quarterback. But that’s the hand the Cowboys are currently dealt. Cash it in and try to get better.

  • Published on 11/02/2020 at 13:01 PM
  • Last updated at 11/02/2020 at 11:32 AM