The Top 10 Most Important Dallas Cowboys

Time to pull back the curtain on the most vital Cowboys. Get it?
Time to pull back the curtain on the most vital Cowboys. Get it?
Time to pull back the curtain on the most vital Cowboys. Get it?

After a week in Oxnard – yes, I’m back here in our lovely triple-digit clime – I think I have a pretty good handle on the Cowboys’ flow chart.

Somehow I missed you-know-who’s appearance, but I did manage to eyeball 10 Cowboys the franchise can’t even dream of a Super Bowl without:

10. Wade Phillips – Take this same talent coached by the insufferable Bill Parcells and you’d have a stressed-out group fighting for the playoffs. Under cool-hand Wade, playing in the Super Bowl is a modest reality.

9. Marion Barber – Not if, but when he gets hurt this year, the Cowboys will have to start handing the ball to rookies Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

8. Jason Witten – Hard to calculate just how much Tony Romo’s security blanket opens up things for Terrell Owens, so I wont’ try. Okay I’ll try. How about, a bunch?

7. Ken Hamlin – His solid play at safety allows the Cowboys to slowly set Roy Williams out to pasture and not rush along Patrick Watkins before he’s ready.

6. Pacman Jones – If camp is any indication of his talent and temperament, he indeed is going to be the second coming of Deion. Teams yearn for ball-hawking cornerbacks who double as breakaway kick returners.

5. Flozell Adams – False starts notwithstanding, he almost flawlessly protects Romo’s precious backside.

4. Nick Folk – All the sudden we’re taking a sixth-round pick for granted, but it was only two seasons ago that we experienced – courtesy of Mike Vanderjagt -- how a wobbly kicker can implode a football team.

3. DeMarcus Ware – Take away his pass-rush pressure and suddenly Terence Newman isn’t such a super cover corner.

2. Terrell Owens – Without him the Cowboys have no go-to weapon, much less no swagger. How’d you like Patrick Crayton as your No. 1 receiver, flanked by Sam Hurd and Miles Austin? Yikes. Considering the successful halfway house Jerry Jones has constructed, can the signing of this guy be imminent?

1. Tony Romo – I know, duh. But if he goes down, you’ll be treated to a backup quarterback (Brad Johnson) who can’t throw the ball through one of those Homecoming signs. Anytime this guy is an upgrade, you’re in trouble. – Richie Whitt

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