As another offseason process begins for the Dallas Cowboys, patience has run thin even among their most loyal fans. We have the feeling that things will never change with this team and it seems that all our questions remain unanswered.
Regarding the questions, we decided to go a little further than the initial wave on the last episode of The 75O on the blog the boypodcast network. 105.3 Dallas Cowboys Fan Insider Bobby Belt replaced Tony Casillas in the last episode with me and we asked questions that we believe are not being asked right now. You can listen to the show above or on the Blogging The Boys podcast network. Be sure to subscribe to our network so you don’t miss any of our shows. Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.
Whether the Cowboys will eventually answer those questions in the coming months remains to be seen, but that doesn’t change their level of importance. Let’s start.
Has CeeDee Lamb been a disappointment so far?
If you would rewind the clock a year, you would see many Minnesota Vikings fans clamoring that Justin Jefferson was the best receiver coming out of the 2020 NFL Draft. Most Cowboys fans objected to this saying that CeeDee Lamb hadn’t gotten a full season with a legitimate quarterback, and if he had, he would have kept pace with Jefferson throughout their freshman year in the league.
Last season presented Lamb with the opportunity to establish himself as the alpha many thought the Cowboys had lucked out with as the 17th overall pick. All the stories from training camp were about how he took over and the prophecy was about to come true.
If we’re honest, though. the signs were there even on opening night when Lamb had a case of drops (something that would repeat itself somewhat throughout the season). While the blame for its lack of alpha-ing also lies in part with its use in the offense (thanks to Kellen Moore), it must take its fair share of responsibility.
In the end, it’s fair to say (especially compared to what has become the expectation) that Lamb failed to live up to his draft-day hype. He hasn’t had a touchdown this season after Dallas played the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 14. Consider Justin Jefferson had six in the ensuing time and Lamb had six total touchdowns all season.
What if Dak Prescott is now definitely who he was in the second half of last season?
One of the best touchdowns of the season against Lamb won the Cowboys game against the New England Patriots and serves as something of a season-changer moment as Dak Prescott suffered a calf injury and n was never the same after.
Prescott came out and noted that the calf injury was considered a big deal, but he doesn’t believe it. Sure, the calf may have bothered him initially, but he played poorly for an entire half of the season and in the playoffs. The sample size is too large to blame the calf at this time.
Obviously, the hope of many is that Dak will return to who he was when he pitched the game-winner against Lamb against the Pats, but what if he doesn’t? What if that was what he was on a permanent basis now?
There are certainly some who will say that it is always who was Dak and the Cowboys could exacerbate that problem this offseason by not re-signing Michael Gallup and releasing Amari Cooper, which would only leave the wide receiver we just expressed some doubts about.
It goes without saying how important a quarterback is to a football team. While we’re all sitting here discussing how this or that needs to be improved in 2022, if the Cowboys have a quarterback problem next season, everything else is by far a side issue. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Dak Prescott can and will return to good form next season, but so much is at stake as to whether or not he will.
Wouldn’t cutting Anthony Brown indicate a lack of trust in Kelvin Joseph?
Life moves fast in the NFL and before you know it, rookies are the lifeblood. That certainly won’t necessarily be the case for last year’s second-round pick Kelvin Joseph, but it certainly makes sense that his role in the team’s defense will grow.
While the Cowboys have salary cap changes that they will likely reverse this offseason, one of their options is veteran cornerback Anthony Brown. They can save around $5 million by releasing him, but that would obviously point to a bigger responsibility for Joseph in his second season.
This question is a bit more hypothetical, but if the Cowboys do not do pass from Anthony Brown suggest a lack of trust in Joseph? There’s no rule that Dallas can’t have both Brown and Joseph on their team in 2022, but if they really felt the latter was ready for the role, wouldn’t they want to create the space? what could they? It is worth considering.
What if Sean Payton didn’t really want to coach the Cowboys in 2023?
There are a lot of assumptions about the Cowboys by some (also assumptions about some by the Cowboys, apparently), and one of them is that if the team doesn’t live up to expectations this season, Mike McCarthy will be dismissed in favor of Sean Payton. Obviously, this rumor is not going away anytime soon.
Payton’s ties to the Cowboys have been discussed many times, so we needn’t waste our time there. The question worth asking, one that our very own Tom Ryle developed about himself, is whether Payton doesn’t want to coach the Cowboys next spring?
What if Sean Payton loved doing television? Or just like being retired? What if Andy Reid retires or Sean McVay (assuming he returns this season first) or Bill Belichick? The point in the question is what would happen if a situation more advantageous than the Cowboys opened up? Would Payton still choose Dallas just because?
The Cowboys are apparently prepared for such a DEFCON 1 scenario by having Dan Quinn on their team and as a potential heir to McCarthy’s throne. But any assumption that Payton will definitely be available sounds like a plan based on pure speculation. Given the state of the Cowboys these days, it’s hard not to believe they would go that route.