It’s been a long and productive off-season for both Respect The Star and The Dallas Cowboys. Get ready to see some exciting things from RTS this season. Enough about us though… How Bout Dem Cowboys?!?!? Let’s take a look at some of the major transactions that took place during the off season.
“A team is a reflection of its leadership” – The mentality of last seasons Cowboys can be largely attributed to the fight instilled in them by the coaching staff. The Cowboys will continue to grow under that same leadership with the signing of head coach Jason Garrett to a five-year deal. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was signed to a three-year contract as well as Scott Linehan who was named offensive coordinator. They will continue to provide superb leadership off the field as well as on the field.
“Protect our Quarterback” – There isn’t a single sane fan that wasn’t impressed with our New Great Wall of Dallas last season. The wall continues to build this season with the signing of guard Ronald Leary and offensive tackle Darrion Weems in early February. The following month Doug Free re-signed a three-year contract. They say that stealing is wrong but The Cowboys definitely got a steal with the signing of undrafted free agent Lael Collins at offensive tackle. To round it up Jordan Mills swung into place (pun intended) off waivers from Chicago.
“If you throw it, they will catch it” – With our O-line giving Tony Romo enough time to tie his shoes before he’s forced to pass, let’s take a look at the receiver on the other end. Early March, The Cowboys locked down Cole Beasley aka Cole World aka Mr. First Down aka Catch and Go, with a four-year contract and I for one can’t wait to see him continue to develop. In May, Lucky Whitehead was signed as an undrafted free agent and has quickly become a fan favorite, not only at the receiver position but also as a factor on special teams. After receiving the franchise tag in March fans spent four emotional months wondering if we would be seeing Dez Bryant on the field at the season opener and debating the even bigger question “Would Dez be a Cowboy for life?” In July those questions were answered as Dez Bryant was signed to a five-year contract. Hallelujah!! Dallas added a fourth tight end with the signing of Geoff Swaim. Mix in Terrance Williams and Devin Street and The Cowboys receiving core is one to watch.
“It takes a village…..” – The departure of Demarco “meat on the bone” Murray left many fair weather fans in a tizzy over concerns about the Cowboys running game. I, however, am pleased with the decision that the front office made not to overpay Spra… Demarco. So that now leaves us with our “Running back by Committee”. Darren McFadden was signed to a two year contract, which many questioned until they saw those burst of speed during preseason. In April, Lance Dunbar was signed and a few days ago Christine Michael was acquired from Seattle. Joseph Randle is the remaining running back and Tyler Clutts rounds up the backfield in a fullback position.
“Defense wins Games” – With the improvement of the defensive line, the secondary improves by default. There were several developments on the D-line during the off season. Davon Coleman was signed and has proven impressive during preseason. The Cowboys resigned Nick Hayden and agreed to terms with Greg Hardy. Draft picks Ryan Russell and Randy Gregory were both signed to four-year contracts. Linebacker, Sean Lee is finally healthy and prepared to play against the Giants. Rolando McClain was resigned to a one year contract, however will serve a suspension for the first four games. To fill the Voids left by Durant, Anderson and Carter, Andrew Gackhar, Damien Wilson and Keith Smith were signed. The secondary’s depth increased with the signings of Byron Jones and Danny McCray, as well as Corey White who was acquired from waivers . Orlando Scandrick was signed to a one year extension however unfortunately suffered a season ending injury during training camp.
It feels like The Cowboys have been in building mode for the past several years. I’m interested in seeing what, if any, other moved are made on this roster, but as it stands the team looks solid on both sides of the ball. I’ll just go ahead and throw my 13-3 prediction out there right now. Call me crazy but I was correct last season and pretty sure I am this season as well. Now if we could just end this season with the Lombardi and ring six and all will be right in the world. Good luck team and Go Cowboys!!!!