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January 1, 2013, 02:30 PM
Starting at the Top:

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo, love them or hate them are going no where.

We do need to hire Norv Turner. He would be a great help on O to Jason. Jason inspires the team well, his play calling is inconsistent.

On Offense Doug Free is a goner. He is due 10 million this next season and Dallas is already 20 million over the cap.

Tony Romo will get a re-worked deal too. He is due 16.8 million and they can spread the money out longer by making it a bonus and lower his number by about 8 million from what I have read on ESPN.

Dallas needs to work on the o-line for sure via the draft and free agency and they need to continue to search for that elusive #3 WR spot, that is, unless they give Dwayne Harris a chance to shine more.

On D it is cloudy:

The team was Top 3 when Sean Lee went down, then the injuries piled up as we know. I think Dallas needs to find another interior lineman, one to challenge Ratliff. Mike Jenkins should get re-signed but he is going to look for work elsewhere, especially with Scandrick back.

Dallas is close. They have been an 8-8 team for 2 seasons now and the Defense made DRASTIC improvements from last season to now until the injuries. I think if Dallas focuses on the offense more this offseason, they will get over that hump.
January 1, 2013  02:41 PM ET

This team is just slightly above average and Jerry Jones is to blame. Don't expect a Super Bowl appearance until Jones is out of the decision making.

January 1, 2013  02:43 PM ET

We always have hope, if nothing else.

January 1, 2013  02:46 PM ET

Right now, I just want to see them get into the playoffs...anything can happen from there.

Jerry Jones does need to hire a GM but he wont. Credit should be given to Garrett though in the draft and free agency.

Tyron Smith, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Mo Claiborne and Dwayne Harris all come to mind from the draft.

Brandon Carr was a good move as well. Bernadeau and Livings at guard were a stop gap measure and while the line stunk most of the year, Dallas was out of cap money to get Ben Grubbs last season anyway.

This offseason will be big as well.

January 1, 2013  02:56 PM ET

You want to improve your defense? Get rid of Rob Ryan. When Ryan was the Defensive Coordinator for Oakland their defense sucked- it is still repairing itself from Ryans mismanagement but now Oakland's defense is ranked higher than the Cowboys. In Oakland when Ryan was running things the major weakness in the Defense was the running game, Dallas is now ranked #22 against the run.

The next question is? When will Dallas decide on drafting another QB ? Maybe part of Romo's problem is that Uncle Jerry Jones has never given Romo any competition for the starting QB job.

January 1, 2013  07:22 PM ET

Are there ANY powerhouse nfl teams that do not have a dedicated offensive and defensive coordinator? Time to be a head coach Jason! And ONLY a head coach. Don't let your legacy be "control freak"

January 1, 2013  07:29 PM ET

You can blame Romo if you want to but no team will be successful if they need 30 - 35 points per game. If anybody needs to go, it's Ryan!

January 1, 2013  10:28 PM ET

Take a look at the roster... The turnover is a little surprising. This team has gotten younger in a hurry. The terrible drafts of 4-5 years ago still have left gaps but it appears that Garrett is making his imprint on this team.

As I have said all week - and will continue to say... lets stay the course.

January 2, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You want to improve your defense? Get rid of Rob Ryan. When Ryan was the Defensive Coordinator for Oakland their defense sucked- it is still repairing itself from Ryans mismanagement but now Oakland's defense is ranked higher than the Cowboys. In Oakland when Ryan was running things the major weakness in the Defense was the running game, Dallas is now ranked #22 against the run.The next question is? When will Dallas decide on drafting another QB ? Maybe part of Romo's problem is that Uncle Jerry Jones has never given Romo any competition for the starting QB job.

I don't think Rob Ryan is the main problem with the defense. The main problem he's had since his arrival is below average athletes (Alan Ball for example), and injuries to more than half of the starters (Sean Lee, etc). You cannot expect to field a competitive team when the ones you have starting, are all on IR or playing at half (or less) speed.
When Ryan was with Oakland, the whole team sucked, and still sucks. Same with Cleveland.

I will agree that Romo does need competition. But, Orton, although a good game manager, won't be that one. He's just insurance, much like Kitna was. McGee didn't have what it took to be ready for prime time. Hard to find a good quality QB that is affordable.

January 2, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Take a look at the roster... The turnover is a little surprising. This team has gotten younger in a hurry. The terrible drafts of 4-5 years ago still have left gaps but it appears that Garrett is making his imprint on this team. As I have said all week - and will continue to say... lets stay the course.

Indeed. Patience is the operative word here, although it can be difficult at times.

January 2, 2013  10:52 AM ET

It's real difficult...

No one wants to admit it... but this team needed rebuilt. A close look at the roster shows that they are in the midst of it. There is still more to be done but at least it is in progress. A lot of kids got their feet wet this season due to all the injuries. That can't do anything but help.

I almost still believe - we should bring in as many offensive linemen as we can and get the best ones out there. And - get the dead weight (Free; Livings; Costa; Arkin) out of here.

January 2, 2013  11:09 AM ET

look at the broncos last season.... not too good. look at the redskins last season.... pretty bad. what's the main difference today.... talented QBs that play under pressure. when a team gets a QB to build around, the chemistry changes. players actually believe they can win and it transforms their play.

this team has no reason to belive in romo. he has let them down in big games time after time. say what you want..... yes, romo will put up some impressive numbers in regular season, but he cannot do it when the season is on the line. this team needs many things including a QB that can think under pressure. romo is a talented athlete but does not have the mental toughness to perform when the season is on the line.

and, romo could have all the competition in the world sitting on the sidelines, but we don't have a coach that has the guts to pull romo and put in a backup, and romo knows this. garrett is the second biggest problem on this team behind JJ.

i'd bet my retirement this team never accomplishes much of anything while romo is under center.

January 2, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think Rob Ryan is the main problem with the defense. The main problem he's had since his arrival is below average athletes (Alan Ball for example), and injuries to more than half of the starters (Sean Lee, etc). You cannot expect to field a competitive team when the ones you have starting, are all on IR or playing at half (or less) speed.When Ryan was with Oakland, the whole team sucked, and still sucks. Same with Cleveland.I will agree that Romo does need competition. But, Orton, although a good game manager, won't be that one. He's just insurance, much like Kitna was. McGee didn't have what it took to be ready for prime time. Hard to find a good quality QB that is affordable.

If you like him then fine. But if you don't have a good run defense, good luck at beating Washington in the near future.

January 2, 2013  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If you like him then fine. But if you don't have a good run defense, good luck at beating Washington in the near future.

Narry, lots of folks will be having a difficult time dealing with Washington. Let's wait and see when the 'Boys's defense gets healthy (and stays that way) first. Over half of the starters have been out since before mid season. Others have been playing hurt, and in and out of one game or three.

January 2, 2013  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If you like him then fine. But if you don't have a good run defense, good luck at beating Washington in the near future.

If Bruce Carter and Sean Lee are healthy, our run defense is fine. They weren't... and we got killed.


It's really easy to analyze this one.

January 3, 2013  07:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

look at the broncos last season.... not too good. look at the redskins last season.... pretty bad. what's the main difference today.... talented QBs that play under pressure. when a team gets a QB to build around, the chemistry changes. players actually believe they can win and it transforms their play. this team has no reason to belive in romo. he has let them down in big games time after time. say what you want..... yes, romo will put up some impressive numbers in regular season, but he cannot do it when the season is on the line. this team needs many things including a QB that can think under pressure. romo is a talented athlete but does not have the mental toughness to perform when the season is on the line. and, romo could have all the competition in the world sitting on the sidelines, but we don't have a coach that has the guts to pull romo and put in a backup, and romo knows this. garrett is the second biggest problem on this team behind JJ. i'd bet my retirement this team never accomplishes much of anything while romo is under center.

Couldn't have said it better myself!

January 3, 2013  07:02 PM ET

Rob Ryan is focused more on talking smack towards his opponents' players than having his goalline defense ready to hit the field.

January 3, 2013  07:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Rob Ryan is focused more on talking smack towards his opponents' players than having his goalline defense ready to hit the field.

How can a coach have his team ready to go when he's having to learn their names on almost a weekly basis? Yeah, Ryan can lay off the talking smack stuff, I agree. But, when you're having to find someone to replace someone else who replaced yet another......having to learn their strengths, weaknesses, etc. etc..........it's not very conducive to having a good team. There was reasons these guys they found were not on a team........like Poppinga, Sims, etc. etc.......They weren't good enough for whoever they once played for, whether it was because of age, they were beaten out, or whatever.

January 4, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You want to improve your defense? Get rid of Rob Ryan. When Ryan was the Defensive Coordinator for Oakland their defense sucked- it is still repairing itself from Ryans mismanagement but now Oakland's defense is ranked higher than the Cowboys. In Oakland when Ryan was running things the major weakness in the Defense was the running game, Dallas is now ranked #22 against the run.The next question is? When will Dallas decide on drafting another QB ? Maybe part of Romo's problem is that Uncle Jerry Jones has never given Romo any competition for the starting QB job.

Ryan had the Dallas defense ranked #1 in the league after 6 weeks of the season, then Ratliff went down. Then Sean Lee went down. Then Lee's replacement - Bruce Carter, went down. Scandrick went down at Corner who plays the slot. We lost our starting saftey Barry Church. Then Ware gets injured mid-season. Then the backup ILB's, 2 of them if I recall, go down.

That is 8 injuries on Defense.

Rob Ryan held this team together with guys that were practice squad players, or basically 5th stringers the back end of the season.

Your comparison is poor....very very poor.

January 4, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It's real difficult... No one wants to admit it... but this team needed rebuilt. A close look at the roster shows that they are in the midst of it. There is still more to be done but at least it is in progress. A lot of kids got their feet wet this season due to all the injuries. That can't do anything but help. I almost still believe - we should bring in as many offensive linemen as we can and get the best ones out there. And - get the dead weight (Free; Livings; Costa; Arkin) out of here.

I agree Otis...

When Garrett took over, the team sucked, and sucked bad.

They had to cut several older lineman that were good for Tony in 2007, 08, 09 but were deteriorating.

Then they had cap hits on Roy Williams the WR and Terrence Newman.

Bottom line, they have replaced those guys with youth such as Murray, Lee, Carter, Claiborne, Bryant and Tyron Smith.

I think Garrett needs help with the playcalling.

They also need to get healthy on D.

And, they need to replace Free and 1 of the guards. Those changes improve the team and I can see Dallas winning 10-11 games.

 
January 4, 2013  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

look at the broncos last season.... not too good. look at the redskins last season.... pretty bad. what's the main difference today.... talented QBs that play under pressure. when a team gets a QB to build around, the chemistry changes. players actually believe they can win and it transforms their play. this team has no reason to belive in romo. he has let them down in big games time after time. say what you want..... yes, romo will put up some impressive numbers in regular season, but he cannot do it when the season is on the line. this team needs many things including a QB that can think under pressure. romo is a talented athlete but does not have the mental toughness to perform when the season is on the line. and, romo could have all the competition in the world sitting on the sidelines, but we don't have a coach that has the guts to pull romo and put in a backup, and romo knows this. garrett is the second biggest problem on this team behind JJ. i'd bet my retirement this team never accomplishes much of anything while romo is under center.

The Broncs went to the AFC Championship game last season man...they were already a good team...

Peyton Manning is a HOF QB, maybe one of the Top 5 ever in the game. He went to a team that was already waiting for a QB so that is a bad analogy.

Washington already had an OK Defense, but they made huge moves last offseason and hit on all of them which is rare. The Skins drafted RGIII, and hit on Alfred Morris...that is the 2 biggest positions on the field and they were home runs. Add in Garcon and now they have hit on 3 of the 5 biggest positions on the field.

Washington is running a gimmick offense that will be figured out in the next season, count on it...it is no different than when the Wildcat came out and the Dolphins won a bunch of games because of it. Once the NFL figured it out, they were beat.

RGIII is an amazing QB but his shelf life is going to be super short with the hits he will take...

Count on it.

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