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Difference between Seahawks, Cowboys comes from the draft

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Maybe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has opted to unleash a few significant changes to his coaching staff during Super Bowl week as a diversion to a fairly bright-line comparison between his team and the current NFC champions.

The Seahawks’ superiority to the Cowboys (and the rest of the NFC) comes from the draft.  For Dallas, there’s a specific apples-to-apples comparison that becomes a bad look for the ‘Boys.

As pointed out by David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys used a fifth-round pick in 2011 on cornerback Josh Thomas.  Eleven picks later, the Seahawks picked cornerback Richard Sherman.

But that wasn’t the first time the Cowboys whiffed on a rookie who became a big-name defensive player.  In 2010, the Cowboys picked safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah . . . seven spots before the Seahawks selected safety Kam Chancellor.

Coaching surely is a factor, too.  Maybe Thomas and Owusu-Ansah would have become stars in Seattle’s system.  Still, the Seahawks have shown that they know how to draft, in part because they put a premium on drafting.

Moore notes that Seattle has drafted 39 players since Pete Carroll became head coach in 2010. The Cowboys, in contrast, have made 28 picks during that same period of time.

So while the Cowboys keep hiring coaches and not firing coaches because firing coaches would mean admitting failure, teams like the Seahawks are drafting players and drafting players and developing players and competing for championships.

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17 Responses to “Difference between Seahawks, Cowboys comes from the draft”
  1. vontazemebro says: Jan 29, 2014 7:35 PM

    Ouch

  2. realskipbayless says: Jan 29, 2014 7:49 PM

    The biggest difference is the owner. Jerry Jones is just too proud to give up any control.

  3. zsking1 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    I think it has everything to do with coaching. There’s a reason Sherman wasn’t selected until the fifth round. I don’t think Seattle necessarily thought sherman was going to be good. They just took a swing and it worked out well, due to good coaching, and commitment on his end.

  4. kpow55 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:54 PM

    Cant stand the Cowboys but in fairness, every team in the league but one whiffed on these picks

  5. blacknole08 says: Jan 29, 2014 7:55 PM

    Just another reason why Jerry Jones should not be a GM.

  6. bucks101989 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:05 PM

    And the Seahawks make the superbowl once and all of a sudden there the model franchise of the nfl? Lol c’mon now lets see them do this multiple times like the pats or ravens than we can praise the organization.. lets pump the brakes a little bit florio

  7. hscorpio says: Jan 29, 2014 8:51 PM

    The 11 extra picks is a big deal too. I would guess at least 9 and possibly all 11 played at least one year on a rookie deal. Assuming a normal hit rate, 4 or 5 would have played out their entire rookie deal as solid contributors. That takes pressure off the cap.

  8. stlunatik says: Jan 29, 2014 9:10 PM

    The difference comes form J Jones being a jackwagon

  9. deezenucks says: Jan 29, 2014 9:15 PM

    Everyone knows jerrah needs to go before they can get right in Dallas

  10. suhmonster90 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:56 PM

    I like the Seahawks but…

    If they’re the model of drafting why trade a first round pick for Percy Harvin?

  11. kev86 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:59 PM

    A lot more different.

  12. abninf says: Jan 29, 2014 9:59 PM

    Jerry Jones has three rings. Yeah what’s up.

  13. db3300 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:46 PM

    Seattle may win on Sunday but until they do, they’re just one more team looking for their first SB win. All of those great picks don’t mean anything yet. Ask Buffalo or Minnesota how much those 4 SB losses got them in bragging rights.

  14. nflgiant says: Jan 29, 2014 11:47 PM

    And drafting and drafting and drafting players,O.K.

  15. axespray says: Jan 30, 2014 3:46 AM

    Not as bad as the Jags picking a punter when Russell Wilson was available in the 3rd round.

  16. calicowboysfan86 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    I’ve accepted things will not get better until the GM duties are passed onto someone not in the Jones’ family.

    What surprises me is that out of every other team in the league we had to use Dallas as the comparison.

    People love to hate the Cowboys. It’s almost like people want the Cowboys to be a good team every year, just good enough to lose to their personal favorite team at the end of the year whether that be in the NFC Championship or the Super Bowl.

    Jerry Jones sucks as GM. Old news…

  17. garyhd01 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:01 PM

    jerry is actually a good owner with the exception of his choice for gm, think of it this way if your team hired jerry jones for gm and had been the gm for over 10 years you would think your owner sucked so i just decided the gm and the owner both suck in dallas although if jerry fired jerry and got a real gm he would return to being a good owner!!

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