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.

17 responses to “Difference between Seahawks, Cowboys comes from the draft

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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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