Rinse and Repeat as the Dallas Cowboys are back to the drawing board. Despite finishing 12-5, an NFC East title and the 3-seed in the playoffs, the Cowboys were 1 and done.

Even worse? It looks like despite the return of Dan Quinn, the Cowboys front office hasn’t learned their lesson. Still. Remarks from both Jerry and Stephen Jones indicate we can expect more of the same in the coming months.

Unfortunately for Dallas Cowboys fans, this is nothing new. We’ve already discussed how the team is limiting their own success, and yet it looks like we’re due for more of the same.

Not only will the Cowboys not be players in free agency (again), but we might be on the verge of seeing some of the team’s best players gone. With a team like this ready to “win now”, this is an odd way of showing it.

The Dallas Cowboys for years have steered clear of free agency, and the trade market. Crazy to consider when in the last 4 years they’ve obtained players like Cooper and Robert Quinn in the trade market. The most successful teams have been able to hit on all 3 areas of acquiring talent: the draft, free agency and trades.

While the Cowboys are draft wizards, lead by Will McClay, they steer clear of outside outlets. Other teams are showing that using all the different outlets to gain talent is leading to success.

In free agency, 7 of the 10 teams who spent the most in free agency in 2021, all played in the 2nd round at worst. 3 of them have played in the conference championship. 5 of them have played in the Super Bowl in the last 4 seasons. The numbers don’t lie.

Just focusing on the conference contenders: Cincinnati, Kansas City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each of these teams made a big-impact trade and/or signing to improve their team.

  • Kansas City trading for Orlando Brown and Melvin Ingram. Signing Joe Thuney.
  • Los Angeles trading for Matthew Stafford and Von Miller. Signing Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Cincinnati signing Trey Hendrickson, Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, Eli Apple, Larry Ogunjonbi, BJ Hill and Riley Reiff.
  • San Francisco signing Arden Key and Samson Ebukam.

There are more than 1 way to team build. As the Cowboys continue to be players in the draft, and leave quality vets to go to other teams, the cycle comes back around once again.

Jerry Jones used to be a big-time spender in free agency, and make risky moves in the trade market. These were all smart ways to make the team better. The moves didn’t always work out, but it showed that they truly were “all in”.

As Stephen has taken a bigger role in the front office, it almost feels like this team is on a budget. While neither Jerry or Stephen shy away from expressing their opinions, the concept of doing what they’ve been doing, is the definition of insanity.

If this team really want to compete, they need to team build, outside of just late April. The most successful teams not only draft well, but make the big moves in free agency to help their teams win immeditaley.

Finally, the last and maybe best thing the Dallas Cowboys can learn from other teams is probably best put by AtoZ Dallas Morning Show host Will Steele.