America’s team occasionally makes some all-American flops. While we think of the Cowboy’s as an A-List franchise with stunning vision and a bankroll that usually makes that vision a reality, “The Boys” get it wrong from time to time. Very wrong, occasionally. Although the Cowboys claim legends like Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and Emmitt Smith among their franchise headliners, they’ve also fired some blanks on draft day.
With Jerry Jones exercising nearly complete control of his beloved franchise, we don’t have to look very far to assign the blame. Really, Jerry? Can you not let your coaches coach and your front office manage? Bringing in cronies to manage the team’s affairs doesn’t help either. Without critical voices to provide a “check” to the all-powerful owner’s decision making, the entire franchise becomes mired in uncertainty and peril.
What you’ll find below is not a list of superlatives. These are the misses, Cowboy draft picks that never met expectations and never made good on their salaries. Are these guys losers? By no means. Are they worth the hype and the millions of dollars in signing bonuses they received? Absolutely not.
The good news? Every franchise has the opportunity to learn from the gaffes and retool for the future. Certainly Jerry and crew have the insight to learn from their missteps and step in a different direction.