Still trying to figure out how the Cowboys lost a playoff game despite limiting the Giants to only 56 yards in the second half. But let’s put away the mirrors and get out our crystal ball. I think that would be best.
In the 2008 regular season we know who the Cowboys will play. We just don’t know exactly who’ll play for them. In addition to home-and-away games versus NFC East opponents Philly, New York and Washington, the Cowboys will host the 49ers, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Ravens and Bengals and play on the road against the Cardinals, Rams, Packers, Browns and Steelers.
In April’s draft, the Cowboys will have two first-round picks. At the start of the season, however, the selection acquired from the Browns titillated us as a top five possibility. Now? Would you believe 22nd? Dallas also has its own pick, 31st. Which brings up one of the NFL commandments: It’s never too early for a mock draft.
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As for free agents, the Cowboys have a few decisions.
The biggest no-brainers are paying a $3 million roster bonus to Terrell Owens and re-signing Marion Barber. Other free agents include Flozell Adams, Patrick Crayton, Keith Davis, Ken Hamlin, Julius Jones, Nate Jones, Tyson Thompson, L.P. Ladouceur, Chris Canty and Jacques Reeves. Despite his incessant false starts, Adams is vital. Despite his loose lips and slippery hands, Crayton can be a No. 3 receiver. Despite his soft coverage on Amani Toomer’s second TD catch Sunday, Hamlin is the team’s best safety. The others -- including Jones -- are replaceable.
Of course, the Cowboys may also be in the market for a new offensive coordinator, with Jason Garrett interviewing for a second time today with the Baltimore Ravens. Good news is Dallas doesn’t need a new head coach. Or do they? --Richie Whitt