Ah, reminiscence lane.
It’s an oft-traveled highway by all human beings on this life — a prodigiously deep freeway with tons of — higher but 1000’s of various reminiscences. Some are wildly nice to reminisce upon, whereas others incite emotions of curt destitution. All although, symbolize imaginative footage and tales that remind us of our once-present toils as we glimpse by way of a figurative trying glass to the previous.
And if you happen to’re a Cowboys fan (at the very least one which was born earlier than the 1990’s), you doubtless have dozens of reminiscences of the staff’s nice exploits tucked away in your mind’s comfortable place. These ideas are safely guarded with all your willpower in order to not enable disturbance — particularly ones that may be brought on by the staff’s putrid efficiency as of late.
More moderen incarnations of Dallas’ distinguished franchise are devoid of Tremendous Bowl appearances, however they do have optimistic moments sprinkled in amongst the frustration of not reaching the large recreation.
A great majority of those favorable cases throughout the previous few years got here on the offensive facet of the ball for the troupe. Slews of 1,000-yard receivers, league-leading rushers and record-breaking go seasons have highlighted Dallas’ offensive exploits.
However the buck has at all times began, and stopped with its stellar assortment of plump space-eaters up entrance.
Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, and host of revolving compatriots have constantly mixed to make the Cowboys’ protectant protection one of the vital dependable within the league.
The aforementioned trio boasts 17 Professional Bowl nominations, and 7 first-team All-Professional nods between them, and crafted a deserved status as a nightmare to matchup in opposition to after bulldozing large holes for the likes of Demarco Murray, Darren McFadden and Ezekiel Elliott to high-step by way of with ease.
However Father Time await no human being. Frederick was the primary pin to drop from the regime we hoped would stick round for ages, and the quite a few pitfalls that Tyron Smith has endured by way of the previous few seasons current somber omens of a nearing near his profession as nicely.
And Zack Martin, who has managed to remain commendably wholesome, simply suffered the biggest — and lone main damage of his once-unblemished tenure.
It’s a sobering realization that’s enveloping proper in entrance of our eyes, and earlier than lengthy, Martin too could have drifted away with the waves of time.
Which makes these subsequent few years indescribably essential from a safety standpoint. Regular play up entrance is a premium that’s turning into extra sparse by the day, and whereas Dallas has miles to trek to rejuvenate its near-moot protection, O-line has to be prioritized for this franchise — and accomplished so quickly.
The ‘Boys drafted 6’7, 308 lb OT Josh Ball with their 138th choose, and he has the possibility to develop right into a swell addition. However it’s going to take extra to get them again to their offensive glory days — and all of the star-power on the earth from positional-player stalwarts means nada in the event that they aren’t given ample area to do their handiwork.
The stop of the Martin/Smith period is hurriedly approaching, however one door’s closure can at all times signify the opening of one other one — that’s, if Dallas performs its playing cards proper.