Random Thoughts: New OT rules, draft plans

March, 29, 2012
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- What we learned (or didn't) after the Cowboys have departed the NFL owner's meetings:

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Deion Sanders says that Jason Garrett is not the reason the Cowboys didn't make the playoffs. Deion says that the biggest need for the Cowboys is a solid pass rush.

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1. With the postseason overtime rules moving to the regular season, the Cowboys had two games -- at San Francisco and at Washington -- where field goals wouldn't have won the game. The Cowboys got a game-winning field goal of 19 yards from Dan Bailey to beat the 49ers, and Bailey made a 39-yarder at Washington. Who knows how Jason Garrett would have managed the game if these new OT rules were in place ...

2. It seems the Cowboys want to draft defense with the 14th pick of the first round. Jerry Jones hinted that drafting a cornerback isn't out of the question, and that's a good thing. The Cowboys have weapons on offense -- Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones and a stud tackle in Tyron Smith. Fixing the defense is very important to this team, especially in the secondary.

3. Jerry Jones isn't sure what Bill Parcells is going to do, but he has a feeling the old coach will return. Parcells retired from coaching after the 2006 season. He was tired. He felt the Cowboys were good enough to beat Seattle -- which they didn't -- but that they also could have went to Chicago and won the divisional round game. The way the Cowboys lost, with Tony Romo fumbling a potential game-winning field goal vs. the Seahawks, took a lot out of him. If Parcells had lasted one more season -- Wade Phillips took over in 2007 -- maybe the Cowboys would've won a playoff game.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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