With the Jones family's decision making, you do always wonder if these decisions get made without the salary cap forcing them.  In 2010, they were sinking huge dollars into an old line, but there were no signs of a youth movement until that cap space was needed elsewhere.  That may remind you of the defensive line exodus in 2013 when they went from Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, and DeMarcus Ware at around $30m total to a projected starting defensive line that totals a little over $5m against the 2014 cap.  

Did they want to do it or did poor financial management force them to do it?  In other words, if they were left to their football decision making and convictions of who makes them a better team, I will bet you a dollar that Ware and Hatcher are still starting on this defensive line.  But, with this team, financials seem to drive the bus.  

Regardless, the 2010 exodus which just about got Romo killed in 2011 happened.  From there, they had to rebuild this thing and make it sustainable.  They appear to have a chance to have something pretty special building here right now, although I am on record being skeptical about the wisdom of taking a guard that high in the draft (John Manziel and Calvin Pryor).  If he turns out to be a fantastic successor to Doug Free at Right Tackle, then they gambled right.  But, we have very little basis to prove that he can do that in 2015.  Martin played left tackle throughout at Notre Dame, although NFL scouts seem to like him as a flex guy and not a left tackle in the NFL.  And, unless you forgot, the Cowboys have LT pretty settled until 2023.  

Now, because they hide it so well, we wonder about their game theory convictions.  In other words, if you have decided the foundation of your team is going to be the offensive line, then I trust you are planning to use them.  For instance, San Francisco has placed tons of resources into their front.  They utilize that by attempting to physically wear teams into a fine powder over the course of a game or a season.  That is done by physical play and running the ball right at you with pulling guards and bully tactics.  

But, to do that, you feel like you might need a coach like Jim Harbaugh who believes in that style.  He learned at the feet of Mike Ditka who wanted to turn football into a street fight.  Jason Garrett learned at the feet of Norv Turner who once believed in that, but his resume in the last 15 years show a man who thinks shotgun and 60% pass rates are great.  Garrett and Scott Linehan have no problem going even higher still as the Cowboys were at 65% and Linehan's Lions in 2012 were 67%.  Playoff teams are down around 55% in today's NFL, but that memo hasn't quite reached everyone.  

But, everyone swears they are going to make this work.  And soon, we will discuss the run rates and run successes that were there in 2013.  Maybe this will actually become their philosophy.  Or, maybe we will sit here next year and the Cowboys will have hired a new coaching staff that will get to enjoy all of these young OL types and they will have those Harbaugh sensibilities.  

Either way, the cupboard is full again and now they hope to be transformed from a finesse offense to a physical offense that can ground out big leads and not remain the 1-dimensional offense that only knows how to throw in the 4th Quarter.

It looks great on paper.  Now, let's see it done.