myles.whitmore Rates the Dallas Cowboys





Dallas Cowboys

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Location:
Arlington, TX United States
Conference:
National Football Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
A
Despite the flack Dak Prescott has received throughout his career, he has shown the ability to carry the Cowboys as their franchise QB. In fact, he has shown improvement for the past two seasons, throwing for a career-high 4,901 yards and 30 TDs in 2019. Plus, he has showcased the durability and leadership necessary to remain efficient in 2020. However, if Dak were to be injured, the Cowboys have a solid backup in Andy Dalton
Running Backs
A-
With Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield, the Cowboys have been a perennial rushing machine. In fact, Elliot has been one of the league's most versatile RBs, who can run between and outside the tackles and make a play after the catch. Although the one issue Dallas has is their lack of depth at the running back position.
Protection & Blocking
B+
For the past five seasons, Dallas' offensive line has been an elite unit. Even despite a litany of injuries in recent years, the Cowboy's OL has been excellent with Tyron Smith, Zach Martin, and La'el Collins. However, after the retirement of Travis Frederick, it will be interesting how Joe Looney fills in as his replacement along with Connor Wiliams at the LG position.
Receiving
A
In the NFL most teams are generally lucky to have two solid wide receivers who are capable of hauling in 1,000+ yards. Although the Cowboys are extremely lucky to have a stud in Amari Cooper, an emerging wideout in Michael Gallup and a spectacular rookie in CeeDee Lamb. Blake Jarwin also has the potential to become a top 10 TE next season. Regardless, the Cowboys offense looks to fire on all cylinders in 2020.
Skills
Speed
C
Production
A
Big Play Ability
B
Consistency
D
Red Zone Success
C
Skills Analysis Notes
In terms of speed, the Cowboys' entire offense is pretty average in terms of speed. Although, Dallas is tremendously stacked offensively with relatively no holes at any position. There are questions about whether players like Blake Jarwin will take the step to the next in 2020. Speaking of questions, consistency will be the biggest question for the Cowboys because their offense has been off and on for consecutive seasons. However, their big-play ability should keep them in a position to be an elite offense.
Defense
Position
Defensive Line
A+
Even with Gerald McCoy injured, the Cowboys defensive line is daunting. Dontari Poe, Everson Griffen, Demarcus Lawrence, and Aldon Smith are three key additions that will terrorize opposing quarterbacks.
Linebackers
B+
Jaylon Smith, Sean Lee, and Leighton Vander Esch make up a formidable LB corps that has the speed and IQ to drop back in coverage and tenacity to rush the passer.
Defensive Backs
C+
The departure of Byron Jones presents the Cowboys with a huge issue at the corner position. Fortunately for Dallas, Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie have shown some promise to fill in pretty well. However, Jeff Heath's departure has yet to be filled. Therefore, the safety position is Dallas's only significant hole.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
C
Stopping the Run
B
Controlling Field Position
B
Stopping The Big Play
C-
Causing Turnovers
D
Skills Analysis Notes
Aside from passing game defense, these skill rankings are based on 2019 statistics. Looking into next season, Dallas' LB and DL corps will be equipped to defend the run and stifle opposing offenses. However, their inability to create turnovers coupled with the departure of Byron Jones and Jeff Heath could be an Achilles heel for the Cowboys in 2020.
Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
C+
Punting
C
Kickoff/Punt Returning
F
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
C+
Coaching
Effectiveness
C
Preparedness
C-
Decision Making
D
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Towards the end of his tenure with the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy was heavily scrutinized. Playcalling has been McCarthy's main issue because it relied too heavily on the skill of Aaron Rodgers, lacked creativity, and failed to capitalize on running the ball. Also, the fact that he was unable to develop receivers, like Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, is alarming at the very least. With Zeke Elliot as his new running back, McCarthy will need to find better ways to create opportunities for Elliot. Plus, he will need to do a better job developing Lamb than he did with Allison and Scantling.
Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
B+
Analysis
The Dallas Cowboys are stacked on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup are proven, skill-position players who stuff the stat sheet barring an injury. Plus rookie phenom, CeeDee Lamb, boosts what was already a high powered team. Therefore, Dak Prescott will be in an even better position to succeed than his career year last season. Defensively, the Cowboys front seven will be one of the most daunting units in all of football.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
10
Expected Losses
6
Expectations/ Outlook
As an Eagles fan, it is painful to say that the Dallas Cowboys will likely will the NFC East next season. However, they match up exceptionally well with Philadephia, who is the only other division contender. Dallas' offensive and defensive lines are elite units who bully opponents in the trenches. In fact, the four-headed monster of Aldon Smith, Everson Griffen, Demarcus Lawrence, and Dontari Poe will harass QBs on the interior and off the edge. Plus, Dak Prescott has shown enough potential to carry his team and play at a high level. The Cowboys do have some question marks. For instance, it will be interesting to see how Mike McCarthy's presence will impact the Cowboys play calling and preparedness. Likewise, it will be interesting to see if players like Xavier Woods and Blake Jarwin improve in 2020. Nevertheless, Dallas is in a great position to make some noise in the playoffs.