Cowboys’ Window of Opportunity Being Slammed Shut by Front Office Foul-Ups

A franchise quarterback playing under his rookie contract is the NFL’s most precious commodity. He’s a one-man solution to the two biggest problems facing every team: how to acquire a franchise quarterback (he’s already here!) and how to build around him (he’s on a cheap deal, so we can pay other guys!)
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Womens Sergei Nemchinov Jersey Teams with good young quarterbacks often fast-track their Super Bowl timetables to strike before that rookie contract expires and the bill for quality quarterbacking comes due. That’s why the Eagles were so daring in their trades and signings last year (and remain aggressive this offseason) and the Rams are assembling a Suicide Squad on defense. Affordable, effective young quarterbacks like Carson Wentz and Jared Goff provide a fleeting opportunity that the Eagles enjoyed last year, the Rams want to exploit this year and the Seahawks arefondly looking back upon.

The Cowboys finally added Joe Thomas the Packers backup linebacker, not the legendary Browns tackle on Tuesday night. And they did trade for fullback Jamize Olawale, which isn’t a bad move. But if a soon-to-be 29-year old with 631 career scrimmage yards and a special teamer are your biggest acquisition during the first week of free agency, you didn’t do much in that first week.

The other NFC contenders are either locked in an arms race or, in the Seahawks’ case, entering a full-fledged rebuild. The Cowboys, who are two seasons removed from winning 13 games and are fresh off of a 9-7 campaign that was less of a debacle than you may remember, are just spinning their wheels.

Lynch leaving, Bennett argues on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons Podcast , destroyed the team’s identity, because you Ethan Pocic Authentic Jersey need a rogue guy like Lynch and you don’t want a bunch of Russell Wilsons. You don’t want a whole bunch of Russell Wilsons, Bennett said via the Seattle Times . You gotta have three or four Marshawn Lynches on your team. At any moment, you never know what they’re going to do. Whether they’re going to come to work or dropkick the coach. You know, Latrell Sprewell. You just never know.

Uhhhhhh you actually DON’T want a Sprewell, who was a great player, but famously choked a coach. I mean, no one wants a player who chokes a coach. But Bennett has a legitimate point here: Russell is a vanilla-coated robot who does everything by the book, a guy who never lets his team get down and someone who is constantly, like Pete Carroll, optimistic. Lynch is the opposite. He likes to grab his junk leaping backward into the end zone when he’s already full aware he’ll be heavily fined and/or flagged for the act.

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