The Cowboys are apparently “America’s Team” but their lack of success all those years before Dak Prescott has always made me wonder what the hell were people thinking. Once Prescott became the starter over Tony Romo in 2016, and Ezekiel Elliott replaced Demarco Murray, the Cowboys made it to the playoffs as the number one seed. Amazing, huh?
They made the playoffs last year too, and eventually lost to the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.. but the Cowboys 2018 season was something else.
At 3-4, the Cowboys could see their offense was missing a receiver after a shitty start to their season. What do they do? They traded for Amari Cooper in exchange for a draft pick. After that? They finished the season 7-2 and won the NFC East.
Prescott before Amari Cooper: 8 TDs and 4 INTS
Prescott after Cooper: 14 TDs and 4 INTS
Cooper before Prescott: 1 TD and 22 rec
After Prescott: 6 TDs and 53 rec
I don’t want to say it, but if this type of duo is together for the next 4 years, get the fuck out of their way NFL defenses! Pay them! Just make a decent offer. Either way, you have to stick to this QB. He’s better than what Romo ever was and he’s just getting to his fourth season! Cooper? You either pay him top 10 money or you pay Elliott.
Everyone who knows the NFL knows you need a good QB to even have a shot at winning a championship. The last time a scrub QB with no talent won was Trent Dilfer back in Super Bowl 35. We’re onto Super Bowl 54 this season. So BIG gap in between there.
Now let’s get onto something very fragile to me: the RB position. Normally, I’m in the group that will never pay that position any money above six or seven million per year. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with since a bunch of small average joe RBs can do what a superstar RB can do (Patriots). The only time I can remember a star RB win a championship as of recent was Lynch with the Seahawks. Other than that, I’m not convinced you can win like that. But the case can be made for Elliott.
In his three seasons in the NFL, he’s led the league in rushing twice and finished in the top 10 the other time (the same stat goes for his rushing attempts). In the playoffs, in three games he’s been held under 100 rushing yards once, and that was to the Rams, one of the better run defenses a year ago.
Do you pay this man? Yes. But if you’re the Cowboys, you have options. Either pay your WR who revived your season, or the RB who’s been keeping you afloat? My choice would be to pay Cooper and look for smaller RBs who can do the job Elliott can, for cheaper.