I’m sure I’ll get hate on both sides of this issue after reading that title but if you just keep reading you will quickly see what I mean. I think it’s a known fact that playing the position of quarterback in the NFL is the hardest job in all of sports. There are so many things that a quarterback has to know, learn, and adapt to on and off the field. It’s the one position that affects the field in many ways and can win and lose games with just one throw of the ball. All of that being said, when you have found your franchise quarterback who’s still on a rookie salary, any smart general manager would use that excess money to build around him.
Let’s look at two examples of how this works to perfection. The Los Angeles Rams drafted Jared Goff and after a year of watching him look lethargic with Jeff Fisher as his coach, they decided to blow things up. Knowing that they were paying Goff a rookie salary they spent their money where it counts. During the 2017 offseason, Goff got a left tackle, a new head coach, and some receivers. Goff has looked brilliant since. In addition, they just stacked their defense with guys like Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh. The Rams have made a number of additions over the last two offseasons and they can afford to do so because Jared Goff is still on his rookie deal.
The Cowboys bitter NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles have done the same. Carson Wentz is the man in Philadelphia and there’s no doubt about it. When they knew they had their guy, head coach Doug Pederson and his staff filled that roster with pieces to compliment Wentz and beef up that defense. This of course led to winning the Super Bowl. All of this and more while paying their star quarterback rookie money.
Unfortunately, for America’s team, this hasn’t been the case.
Now we are in a situation where the Cowboys have had their man Dak Prescott for the last two years. since the Tony Romo era ended, the Prescott has been labeled as the face of the Cowboys franchise. Much like the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys situation is similar. You’ve got a quarterback who is on his rookie deal. You have by the NFL’s standards an impressive offensive line and a star running back. Unfortunately, Jerry Jones and co. haven’t spent their money where it’s needed. Dak has no one to throw to and you figure that you could also spend money on that defense. Has Jerry Jones not been watching how these teams are winning Super Bowls? The hate and knock on Dak Prescott is beyond me. Sure he isn’t Drew Brees accurate but he has stabilized a franchise that for so long has been up and down and let’s be real it’s mostly been down.
Plain and simple, Jerry has to figure it out because the Cowboys have a guy who has his head on straight and he can’t be covering for mistakes that are out of his control. He isn’t flashy and he isn’t going to score 50 points per game but he is a game manager and the Cowboys are wasting his talent. Just imagine how lethal this team could be with actual veteran receivers and a guy like Earl Thomas. Nevertheless, Jerry Jones won’t pull the trigger and take risks. Listen I am no Cowboys fan but this team is a couple pieces away from being serious contenders. Will they go get those pieces or not is the question? Listen whether or not they give Dak a long-term deal or decide to move on they will have to pay that position at some point. Will Jerry make a move or not because now is the prime time to do it.
And with the 2018 NFL season just beginning to heat up, there’s no secret that Jerry Jones wants a Super Bowl. However, relying on Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to be the centerpieces of the Cowboys offense just doesn’t work in the NFL anymore. You can’t build a team with just one or two good players. You need to have talent at multiple positions to be able to compete. Jerry Jones has a decision to make. Either he sits back and watches NFC Foes hoist the Lombardi Trophy or he opens up his checkbook and brings in talent that will help this team reach the promised land.