The first six weeks of the 2020 season have been anything but what the Dallas Cowboys envisioned. The Cowboys have limped through the year with injuries piling up and inconsistent play festering uncontrollably leading to internal turmoil. All that has guided Dallas to a desperate spot to which team owner Jerry Jones knows what he must do to save the franchise’s season.
Jerry Jones could sign Earl Thomas
Since the Baltimore Ravens made the abrupt decision to part ways with Earl Thomas, he has remained linked to the Dallas Cowboys.
Thomas had some brief interest from the Houston Texans, but that situation quickly fell apart due to the internal negative sentiment from players toward the potential move. The former Pro Bowler hasn’t had any other franchise make a serious push to sign him.
Dallas possesses a dire need to address to their defense that is on a historically bad pace to begin the 2020 season. Their secondary continues to struggle, which adding Thomas to the mix could provide the veteran presence needed to take a significant step in the right direction.
The 31-year-old may not be the player he once was, but the Cowboys are a in position that any help will push them forward. Thomas is prime pickings in the free-agent market, which leaves the move solely Jerry Jones’ hands.
Jerry Jones could address offensive line issues
No other part of the Dallas Cowboys’ roster has been hit harder by injuries in the 2020 season than the offensive line.
The injury bug has ravaged Dallas’ offensive line through the first six games that include losing a few starters. All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle La’el Collins are out for the season.
Center Joe Looney has missed the last couple of weeks due to a leg injury while All-Pro right guard Zach Martin suffered a concussion in Monday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys received another severe blow on Wednesday as backup guard Brandon Knight will undergo surgery on his right knee that will keep him sidelined for the next couple of weeks.
Dallas is a walking morgue with its offensive line, which makes adding more depth through free agency or the trade market what’s best for the rest of the 2020 season. In other words, if Jerry Jones wants to see any essence of an explosive offense, stability to their group upfront will be the way to go.
Dallas must resolve offensive struggles
The Dallas Cowboys’ defensive issues in the 2020 season have been quite challenging to ignore.
What Dallas may likely have more control over is their offensive production. The hope heading into this year was that the Cowboys could possess one of the league’s best units. However, these aspirations were struck hard due to injuries across their offensive line and star quarterback Dak Prescott suffering a season-ending ailment.
The Cowboys’ first game without Prescott featured plenty of struggles as Andy Dalton had difficulty moving the ball down the field. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott’s ball-carrying issues continued with five fumbles through the first six contests. All that has prevented the Cowboys from excelling in the passing game.
Dallas possesses a talented trio at wide receiver, but their impact has become limited due to the offensive line injury woes and Dalton’s struggles. If the Cowboys hope to have any chance of competing for the playoffs, their offense will have to be the guiding force for the rest of the 2020 season.