So I'm just going to make the following prediction:It was predicated on the loss of draft picks from the ill-advised Roy Williams deal back in 2008. I knew back then that the offensive line wasn't up to snuff on that day. And this was with Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier in the lineup.
This team will miss the playoffs next season and Wade will get fired.
And because of the free agent signing rules from last offseason, the Cowboys were hamstrung from being able to find a quality O-linemen.
So a unit that was collectively on the wrong side of 30 got no help. The 2nd most penalized player in the last five years, Flozell Adams, was let go. And the Cowboys acquired the most penalized player in the last five years, Alex Barron, but only to serve as a backup. Of course, Colombo and Kosier got hurt during training camp, forcing Barron into the lineup for the opener last Sunday night.
And when the Cowboys left him to basically fend for himself against Brian Orakpo...
You all know what happened.
And while I'm not going to bemoan the decision to draft Dez Bryant with the 24th pick last April, I will bemoan the lack of picks that have contributed to the Cowboys severe lack of depth. Not to mention, Dallas is starting to reap what it sowed in previous drafts by not being able to find offensive linemen.
To be sure, the Cowboys probably would have found themselves in this situation moreso for the latter reason than the former. It still takes time to develop offensive linemen in this league.
But that trade exhibited to me why Jerry Jones has no business being this team's general manager.
And after today's game, I expressed the following on Twitter:
Said it before, but it bears repeating. The #cowboys will not sniff another Super Bowl in Jerry Jones' lifetime.Certainly not a lukewarm opinion. Anyway, I got taken to task for it by Adam McClosky, who fired back:
Is Nolan Ryan running off Daniels and Washington by meddling? Also, I wouldn't want a coach who thinks he doesn't answer to GMI fired off something about Jerry doing Entourage this year and not having played at the pro level, like Nolan has. In retrospect, the Entourage thing was probably a bit of a cheap shot.
That having been said as it applies to my issues with the Roy Williams trade, Nolan Ryan certainly has input on personnel and drafting decisions. But he's been totally supportive of Jon Daniels and his draft philosophy ever since he stepped into his current role as President of the club. A philosophy that includes drafting as many quality arms as possible to use to either develop within the Rangers farm system, or to use as pieces in a trade.
Without that philosophy and the commitment to it, the Rangers wouldn't have Cliff Lee.
Now, this is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison when you consider the financial restraints that were put on JD by the mess known as HSG. And even under new ownership, it's not like Greenburg/Ryan is instantly going to shoot the payroll up over $100 million and eschew Daniels' philosophy.
Still, even if Nolan Ryan was given permission to push the Rangers payroll up to Yankee-like levels, do you think he'd eschew the current philosophy in favor of signing "flashy" players, like Jerry Jones is prone to do?
I think not.
And whether Jerry wants to admit it, most of the guys on the Cowboys roster were "Parcells" guys. At least in terms of the draft where Demarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Marion Barber, and Jason Witten were taken while Big Bill was here.
That is why I don't think the Cowboys will sniff another Super Bowl in Jerry Jones' lifetime. Or at least until he's physically incapable of performing the duties of the position any longer.