Defining The Greatest Non-Quarterback Jenga Pieces On The Cowboys List – Blogging The Boys | Mega Mediakw

In the game of professional football, the quarterback position rules everything. Teams rise and fall based on how good or bad their signal callers are. When a team is missing their franchise quarterback, they are often in disarray, a lesson the Dallas Cowboys learned during the 2015 and 2020 seasons.

But there are other important players on football teams, even if they don’t touch the ball on every single snap. One exercise we’ve taken part in about every off-season here has been which non-cowboy players are most important to the group’s success.

This idea is one of them Dave Dameshek once referred to as “Jenga Theory”, similar to the traditional game of Jenga. In this game you build a tower of pieces and you reach a point where you have to remove some to make the tower taller. If you take out the wrong piece, the whole thing collapses.

Who are these non-quarterback players in the Dallas Cowboys?


Micah Parsons

The fact that Micah is eligible after his rookie season speaks to not only the impact he had on the Cowboys last year, but the importance of his contributions. Ultimately, Parsons is a questionable Jenga play because it’s probably not all the other two plays rolled into one. If the team could go without him for any period of time, it would be without their best linebacker and pass rusher.

The only time we’ve had to see the Cowboys play without Parsons was last year’s regular season finale, which was hardly a normal game given the circumstances for Dallas and Philadelphia. We don’t want to see how this would play out in a Consequences game, of course, but in general the Cowboys didn’t do well when losing players of that level of importance.


CeeDee lamb

This one is a bit different in that there are some predictions for CeeDee Lamb, although everyone is doing that to him this season.

We expect Lamb to be this team’s best wide receiver and the strongest passing game weapon for quarterback Dak Prescott. Failing to do so is a tough challenge for any signal caller in the NFL, and that’s exactly why many Cowboys fans were upset that the team sold Amari Cooper.

Also, Lamb is one of only two receivers we truly trust right now. If he missed the time, the Cowboys group would be extremely reminiscent of 2018 as it would feature Michael Gallup (unless he was out like at the beginning of the season), Jalen Tolbert, James Washington, Noah Brown and one of them TJ Vasher and/or Simi Fehoko.


We discussed this idea in the latest video on Blogging The Boys’ YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to our channel (which you can do right here) so you don’t miss any of our videos!


Trevon Diggs

When was the last time you felt so confident in a cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys? That’s a question I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks.

I answered the question myself as 2012 Brandon Carr. That’s not to say there haven’t been other solid corners on this team since then (including other iterations of Carr himself), but that was the last time I personally felt Dallas had a potential superstar player in that position had the way I feel about Trevon Diggs.

It’s debatable whether the Cowboys have any legitimate depth behind Diggs with Kelvin Joseph, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Nahshon Wright and others, but the gap between the leader and the rest of the pack is significant. Losing Diggs would mean losing that team’s best weapon against pass, which would be seismic.


TyronSmith

At the end of the day, this is probably the answer most people will give because we’ve seen the Dallas Cowboys literally fall apart without Tyron Smith more than once.

Honestly, the only thing keeping people from picking Smith as the answer to this is that we’ve all accepted the inevitable reality that he doesn’t have the time. It’s been seven seasons since he last played a full season, to put it another way, consider he never played every single game in the era of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of his absence in 2022 is even more frightening than it has been in recent seasons given the depth Dallas went to with Terence Steele. If Tyron Smith were absent from the here and now, it would be either Tyler Smith floating out to play left tackle, or one of Josh Ball or Matt Waletzko. That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

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