Our umbrella blog organization, Sports Blog Nation, posed a bunch of questions about the offseason. These are things to keep our minds off the fact that there is still no football for weeks. Things to help us keep from staring into the horrid abyss of soul-draining boredom. Ways to avoid the black dog of depression dragging us down, down, into the despair that steals our very humanity.
Not that I mind this time of year much.
Anyway, one question that piqued my curiosity was this: “What’s the state of your franchise right now: building, peaking, rebuilding, or totally confused?”
That’s a good one. And, in typical fashion, I am leaning toward a “none of the above”.
I think the Dallas Cowboys are about to launch. Like a rocket soaring on the Fourth of July.
OK, before you go down to the comments section and start questioning my ability to think coherently or accusing me of Kool Aid induced delusional fantasies, this is just my opinion. I am not going to build this on a bunch of statistics. It’s really just a feeling I get. It is how I think all the bits and pieces about the team over the past six months fit together.
The major thing influencing my opinion has been the relative calm. The biggest problems this year were the first day of the draft and the “controversy” over who was calling the offensive plays. The first was, from the standpoint of the Dallas staff, at least, done with that day. Something was awkward in the draft room during the first round (my latest theory, which I dropped into a recent post, is that the first round pick is Jerry Jones’ big thing, and he was involved in a bit of an override), but by day two things were moving along smoothly, and I would say fairly successfully. The other was not much of an issue at all, except for some people looking for something to write about the team. A decision was made back in January or so, and the coaching staff involved set about working it out.
Think about it. The team changed a big chunk of the coaching staff, and that in retrospect seems to have gone smooth as silk. Changing from the 3-4 to the 4-3 is being reported by everyone as a very problem-free process so far. When you think of big stories this offseason, that is almost an afterthought. Maybe it is the time passed, but now it seems almost like the simple and logical thing to do, at least to me.
Most of the starting lineup seems pretty predictable this year, with the notable exception of the offensive line. But even there, the team looked like it has a plan and some options to sort out to come up with a solution. There is just a sense that things are in control.