In what has become their usual manner, Jerry Jones and company have managed to create quite a stir in the offseason. Most notably the release of controversial WR Terrell Owens and some of the team and staff comments about his release. But they have also managed to quietly improve the team from last year’s dismal and underachieving squad.
I have to admit, it took me some time to even talk about the Cowboys and all that entails after last year’s collapse from what should have been a Super Bowl run, but I’m back at it due to my die-hard status as a true blue fan.
So here is my perspective on events to date at Valley Ranch. I was very surprised that Owens was released, just as most of us, since he was Jones’ boy and they seemed to have a strong bond. As a football decision, it was surprising also since the remaining receivers’ stats on the team don’t add up to Owens’ last year! But I guess Mr. Jones felt that the “team atmoshphere” was somehow more important than actual results on the field.
I guess we’ll all wait to see if newly acquired WR Roy Williams can aptly fill his shoes, but that will certainly be a tall order as he hasn’t lived up to expectations since being drafted out of Texas in ‘05 (or whenever it was) by the Lions. He certainly didn’t impress much in the latter half of the season, but then again, who did?
The additions of LB’s Keith Brooking and Matt Stewart will actually improve an already good defense, but the loss of S Roy Williams and DE Chris Canty will be felt also. Yes, Williams’ last years here were not his best, but can you honestly say that Tra Battle, Pat Watkins and some of the other newly acquired safeties will succeed him on the other side from Ken Hamlin?
But most of all, and I mean this most sincerely, please Mr. Jones, do not sign WR Matt Jones as it will blow up in your face just as harshly as the Adam “Pacman” Jones or Tank Johnson deals did.
By far the biggest improvement to the team was the acquisition of back-up QB Jon Kitna to replace the aging Brad Jonshon, which ain’t saying much, but it is an improvement. I guess will have to see what the status of his back truly is once training camp and pre-season arrive, but if the Lions were more willing to go with an unknown QB by the name of Dan Orlovsky instead of him, that should say something about his QB’ing. But he is, afterall, just the back-up to the seemingly tough but not-so-indestructible Tony Romo who has quickly become the face of the franchis