The Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle to find their rhythm on the field and also failed to live up to expectations for their 2020 campaign despite having a busy offseason to improve the team's roster. Team owner Jerry Jones can only wish that he could turn back time and go back to square one on the first day of the season for hopes of coming out with a better campaign, as per The Athletic's Jon Machota.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on @1053thefan: “I will say this, like anybody, you got a lot of do-overs, I’d like to start again on how we approach our defense this year. I’d like to start that over again. I’d start right there the first day.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 11, 2020
Jones and the rest of the team's front office jumped out of the gun and proceeded to make significant noise in the offseason with their new roster additions. However, the pieces never really turned out how the multi-billionaire envisioned them to be for his team.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was previously signed to a one-year deal but failed to make the team's final 53-man roster and never saw action for the team. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe previously inked a two-year contract with the Cowboys but was eventually released midway through the season due to his weight issues which ultimately marred his performance on the field.
The team also swooped in on a late offseason acquisition of four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen who agreed on a one-year deal with the Cowboys. Despite being one of the most tenured additions of the team, Griffen never found his groove on the system and was eventually traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for draft assets for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Daryl Worley was likewise released by the team back in late October and was left to become a free agent but was eventually able to find a suitor in the Las Vegas Raiders.
While there have been some flukes, the Cowboys managed to find a silver lining in the form of the returning pass-rusher in Aldon Smith who has already amassed 5.0 sacks and 44 tackles in 12 games played. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence also remains to be at the helm with tallies of 4.5 sacks and 43 total tackles through 12 appearances this season.
Overall, the Cowboys' defensive line continues to struggle after seeing new faces come and go on the team, week in and week out. The rotation's dismal chemistry on the gridiron caused them to be burned by opposing offensive players en route to a disappointing campaign this season.
With a 3-9 record and an ongoing two-game losing skid, Jerry Jones can only hope that there will be better days to come for his team with another opportunity awaiting as they face the struggling Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 action.