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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Paying Dividends Now, Selection of Dez Bryant Crippled Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys In 2010

Jerry Jones believed the same Dallas Cowboys who squared off against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFC Divisional Playoff were only one play-making receiver away from being a Super Bowl team. That's why he traded up in the following April's draft to select Oklahoma State wideout Dez Bryant with the tenth overall pick.
The irony in all this is that Jones somehow missed the glaring fact that the Cowboys' offensive line was a train-wreck in motion. Tony Romo was sacked a career-high six times in that 34-3 loss at the Metrodome, which also happened to be left tackle Flozell Adams' last in a Dallas uniform. Adams' untimely first-quarter injury in the game should have served notice to Jerry World that Romo needed protection in the worst way. But it didn't, and the Cowboys instead opened the first half of the following season in the worst way - a 1-7 start that had Jerry and Co. residing not only at the bottom of the conference, but the bottom of the entire NFL.
If Jerry can get credited for going after a superstar wide receiver like Bryant is fast becoming, then he should also get boatloads of accolades for failing to break-down game-film of that Vikings defeat properly. Yes, Jerry got his play-making wide receiver, but he also cost the Cowboys a season in the process.