The 2019 season was a disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys. America’s team failed to reach the playoffs after finishing the year at 8-8. It looked good against mediocre teams but failed to produce against legitimate contenders on multiple occasions. Despite having elite talent all over the field, the Cowboys haven’t been able to make a deep playoff run with its new, young core. It’s time for a change.
It took a week following the season, but the team finally fired head coach Jason Garrett. They wasted little time replacing him, hiring former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Garrett’s decision-making did not make the most of what Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and company have to offer. A leadership change seems imminent, but the Cowboys have other needs as well.
The Cowboys have studs on their defensive line in Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence, but could use some help on the inside. The importance of defensive tackles isn’t emphasized often, but it’s vital to establishing a consistent pass rush and run defense.
Dallas might also have to address its wide receiver situation this offseason. Two of the Cowboys’ top three receivers — Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb — are set to enter free agency this offseason. Cooper will likely demand a hefty sum come 2020 and Prescott’s next contract hasn’t been sorted out just yet. Gallup has dropped a fair amount of balls this year and probably isn’t quite top target material. Dallas has to decide on what it should prioritize, which could change the offense significantly.
The 2019 NFL season is coming to a close and while the playoffs are just arriving, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. We won’t know the full regular season schedule until April, but even with the 2019 season not finished, we know each team’s list of opponents. The NFL has a formula they use to determine opponents, with divisions and conferences rotating each year.
The Cowboys face their divisional opponents a total of six times. The NFC East faces the NFC West, which adds four more opponents. The NFC East faces the AFC North, which adds four more opponents. The final two opponents are the teams that finish in the same standing position in the NFC South and NFC North.