Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Why are all the cuts on offense?
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys scored the seventh most points in the NFL last season. Only one team gave up more points.
Yet all five starters who have been shown the Valley Ranch door since the lockout was lifted were offensive players.
“A lot of it has to do with the business part of football, what guys are making and how old they are and what kinds of players you have to replace them,” Jason Garrett said. “We made a concerted effort in the draft and in signing some young college free agents to address some of those areas, and we felt like if those guys were able to compete for some of those spots we could make some of those moves.
“It wasn’t intentional necessarily. You’re trying to create competition throughout your football team and then make the best decisions based on what’s available to you.”
It’s not as if underperforming, high-priced defensive players should feel safe. Defensive end Igor Olshansky is in serious danger of being cut this summer. Cornerback Terence Newman’s time with the Cowboys will probably come to an end after this season.
It’s also not as if the five starters cut by the Cowboys were reasons why Dallas put points on the board last season, although Garrett is too professional to point that out.
The offense moved the ball despite the poor performances of Barber, Williams, Davis and Colombo last season. Gurode was just a guy despite a reputation-based invitation to the Pro Bowl. And all of those players except for Colombo were being paid like an elite player at their position.