The Dallas Cowboys are trekking through an extremely discouraging 2020 season that will likely see them miss the playoffs for a second straight year. The Cowboys have experienced a slew of disappointing losses and personnel hits throughout the campaign. The entire situation has led team owner Jerry Jones to admit to a massive mistake that he made before the season.
Dallas Cowboys continue to tumble south in the 2020 season
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2020 season with the expectation to compete for the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys have fallen flat in their first year under head coach Mike McCarthy due to significant injuries and porous play defensively. The situation has pushed them to last place in the NFC East through the first 12 games played. The Cowboys have fallen to their first below .500 record campaign since 2015.
Dallas’ shortcoming has also led team owner Jerry Jones to make an admission that has become evident concerning his team.
Jerry Jones admits to the Cowboys’ biggest mistake
Things have continued to unfold in a discouraging manner for the Dallas Cowboys as the 2020 season nears closer to an end.
The Cowboys have had several issues arise, but none bigger than their shortcoming defensively throughout the campaign. During a recent interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jerry Jones voiced that he wishes that he spent more time revamping the defense while keeping their 4-3 base scheme instead of 3-4 with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. (H/T Jon Machota of the Athletic)
“I would really make sure that any changes we were making, I would want to make sure that we did it in the same way that we didn’t make changes on offense,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “Because we didn’t think that we had the situation or we had the time to make those changes and it really be effective. We’ve obviously done some things. We changed, and we’re having a hard time getting those in place to be a good defense.”
Beyond the flurry of significant injuries that the Cowboys suffered on offense, their play defensively has been a massive hindrance. Through the first 12 games of the season, the Cowboys hold among the worst units allowing a league-worst 32.8 points per game and ranking last against the rush with 167.8 yards given up per contest.
Dallas has allowed 393 points, placing them on pace to break more than 500 points given up in a single season. The mark would make them only the third team to reach that embarrassing threshold. The defense has played a significant part in their downward trend, which undoubtedly be a point of emphasis to improve that unit next offseason.
Many changes lie ahead in Dallas
The 2020 season has been ravaged by significant injuries and porous play defensively for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas is far from a Super Bowl-contending team, but there are pieces to build the team around. The offense drastically needs Dak Prescott back as the team’s struggles offensively without him are quite evident.
His presence opens up the offensive game plan for the passing game with their three playmakers at wide receiver. More importantly, all that should help Ezekiel Elliot get back on track toward his elite rushing production.
The questions come for the Cowboys with their defense as their secondary needs much work. Spotrac currently projects Dallas to have around $33.4 million in salary-cap space next offseason. The estimated cap room underlines the importance of improving the roster defensively through the draft.
There is much room for improvement, which places massive importance on how Jerry Jones and the front office operate next offseason.