The Cowboys’ biggest weakness on paper all season showed up on the field against Green Bay. The Cowboys had to blitz to get any pressure on Aaron Rodgers and it wasn’t enough. Perhaps mammoth defensive end David Irving is a future star — like the broadcast analysts insisted — or perhaps he was a two-game wonder who hasn’t otherwise stood out in his career.
Jones and family have tried to address this problem in recent drafts, but Demarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory and defensive tackle Maliek Collins aren’t enough. Don’t be shocked if the Cowboys get loose with some money in free agency. (Jason Pierre-Paul? Melvin Ingram?) Their tricky salary-cap situation can always be solved with some accounting creativity. Jones has done it before and could convince himself a prime pass rusher is the one missing piece to splurge on.
The Dallas Cowboys clinched a playoff berth Sunday following Washington’s loss, news that brought all the excitement of a digital clock turning midnight. The Cowboys can get used to the lack of drama. The NFC East is also all but won following the Giants’ loss in Pittsburgh, forcing us to start looking ahead to the Cowboys’ playoff run.
Dallas has aced every possible regular-season test. They’ve won shootouts against high-flying offenses like the Steelers and Redskins. They’ve completed comebacks against strong defenses like the Eagles and Ravens. The Cowboys even showed Thursday night they could win a defensive battle on the road in Minnesota, a rare game where their power-packed offense lacked electricity.
When Moore went down with a broken ankle early in camp, the Cowboys made advances at McCown and Nick Foles before Prescott emerged as a preseason sensation — and ultimately displaced Romo as the franchise savior.
If the Cowboys were to land the 2018 draft, it would be the fourth different town over the last five years for the annual event. The 2014 draft marked the last year of its longtime residence at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, followed by two years in Chicago and, this year, in Philadelphia.
Jones said the league has not provided a timetable for the decision. Philadelphia’s winning bid for the 2017 draft was announced on Sept. 1 of last year. The Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in hosting the three drafts from 2019 to 2021, and the Kansas City Chiefs are also interested in hosting the event.
“I don’t think, talking to the people I’ve talked to, that he could ever fully commit to another team, at his age, at this juncture of his life. He just really just saw himself as sort of a Cowboy for life,” she said.
Slater added that Romo’s growing family (his wife is set to give birth to another child this summer) and injury history are reasons he decided not to chase opportunities outside of Dallas.
“That relentless spirit that Tony plays with is contagious,” Garrett said in a statement. “He makes his teammates better. He makes his coaches better. He makes his team better. He has grown so much as a player and as a person over the course of his career and has made a significant impact on the lives of so many. I consider myself fortunate to be at the top of that list. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work with Tony Romo, one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.”
Romo’s decision comes amid a tumultuous period in his career both emotionally and health-wise. Romo, 36, appeared in just five games over the past two seasons due to a twice-broken collarbone and broken back. In both cases, he still managed to claw his way onto the field for at least one appearance. Rapoport reported that injury concerns — specifically the durability of his back — were a factor in Romo’s choice to step away.