The Dallas Cowboys went 12-5 in 2022 but fell short of the ultimate goal when they lost in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Determined to improve this season, they made a couple of trades to add veteran depth but relied mainly on the draft to round out the roster.
Now at 5-3 and approaching midseason, we can look back at the moves — and decisions not to move — Dallas made and point out five that already look like flops.
1. Going Cheap With OL Depth
Dallas knew they needed to do something about the depth on their offensive line which is why they were considering Matthew Bergeron in the first round of the NFL Draft. But when they elected to take Mazi Smith instead, it left them with Chuma Edoga as their top addition to the line.
They did also add Asim Richards in the draft but the North Carolina product was selected in the sixth round.
With that being the case, Dallas went into the season with the same starting five from 2022. To be fair, there are some very good players on their line but Tyron Smith has struggled with durability for nearly a decade. Throw in the fact that Terence Steele was coming off a torn ACL and MCL, and there were far too many questions and not enough answers.
Unsurprisingly, the offensive line has been a problem and they were the ones who killed the final drive as the Cowboys against the Eagles. They have a major issue on the line and the options to correct it are limited due to inactivity in the offseason.