FRISCO, Texas -- It’s a quick turnaround for the Dallas Cowboys from a Sunday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to a Thanksgiving Day meeting against the Los Angeles Chargers, but it’s not a quick turnaround for Five Wonders.
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AT&T Stadium hosted Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. I wonder when Jerry Jones’ masterpiece will see another Super Bowl. Yes, the NFL awarded the 2018 draft to the Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, but will the fight between the league and Jones, the Cowboys owner and general manager, play a part in the NFL title game coming back to Arlington, Texas? As new stadiums open, AT&T Stadium remains the standard in the NFL. There were issues -- with the weather and a seating fiasco -- when the Super Bowl was played here, but NFL owners like money, and they made a lot. But I don’t believe Jones is as fired up about a Super Bowl coming back in part because he would have to give up a home game in the future with a date either overseas or in Mexico. He’s all for growing the game, but not at the expense of his fan base losing a game. It could be a long time before a Super Bowl comes back to North Texas.
I wonder why Darren McFadden is still on the roster. The Cowboys kept him out for the eight games Ezekiel Elliott was on the roster and now he has been inactive for a game with Elliott suspended. In the one game he did play, his lone carry against the Atlanta Falcons lost 2 yards. It just doesn’t make any sense. The Cowboys prepared all summer as if McFadden would be Elliott’s replacement when they thought the suspension would start Week 1. Now they are willing to carry two tailbacks on the game-day roster. For a mini-wonder inside a wonder, I wonder if McFadden would simply ask for his release. If the team has no intentions of playing him, why not add a younger running back or another younger player at a different position for the final six games?
I wonder if the Cowboys need to revamp their wide receiver position in the future. Dez Bryant is on the books for $12.5 million base salaries in 2018 and ’19. Terrance Williams signed a four-year deal to remain a Cowboy last offseason and his $3.5 million base salary is fully guaranteed in 2018. Brice Butler is set to be a free agent. Cole Beasley has one more year left on his deal. Something isn’t right with one of the four receivers averaging better than 10 yards per catch in the loss to the Eagles. Is it the passing game concept? Is it the receivers? Is it Dak Prescott? Is it simply Elliott’s absence? There is little separation for any of these guys to make plays or for Prescott to make easy throws. Would the Cowboys consider taking a receiver with their first-round pick in 2018?
I wonder if the Cowboys' powers that be are seeing what castoffs Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Morris Claiborne and J.J. Wilcox are doing with their new teams. The Cowboys did not make much of an effort to keep any of them, preferring to go with younger players on the roster and draft picks Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Xavier Woods. The Cowboys might like the future of those three, but has it hurt the present? Led by Carr’s three interceptions, the castoffs have combined for six picks. The Cowboys have five interceptions on the season.
I wonder when the next time an opposing offensive lineman, tight end or running back will be flagged for holding against the Cowboys. In their past seven games, the only holding penalty drawn by the Dallas defense has come on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The last time an offensive linemen was called for a holding penalty came on the first play of the second quarter of the Week 3 meeting against the Arizona Cardinals (Jared Veldheer). In the fourth quarter of that game tight end Jermaine Gresham was called for holding. That’s quite a run of impeccable blocking by opposing linemen and tight ends. If there has been a strong part of the Dallas defense, it has been the line play. You’d have to believe they have been held at least once since Sept. 25.