How close are the Cowboys to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks? About as similar as Miley Cyrus and Miles Austin.
The Broncos rolled up 517 yards and 51 points on Dallas in October, and managed only eight last night against Seattle. But, who are we kidding? It isn’t even that close.
Just took a couple of Broncos’ possessions to realize the chasm between the Dallas defense that set a bushel of negative franchise records in 2013 and the Seattle unit that dominated Peyton Manning and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense with bigger, faster, quicker, more physical defenders.
There are a couple of connections, I guess.
Ken Norton Jr., who won two Super Bowl rings as a Cowboys’ linebackers in the ‘90s, coaches the position for Seattle. Back in the summer of 2012 the Cowboys had at least exploratory talks about trading Dez Bryant for then-Vikings’ receiver Percy Harvin. And Dallas could’ve had hard-hitting safety Kam Chancellor in the 2010 NFL Draft.
But he was taken by Seattle with the 133rd overall pick in the 5th round. A spot better known as seven spots after the Cowboys drafted a defensive back named Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Ouch.
And the Cowboys weren’t the only ones to miss on MVP Malcolm Smith. Seattle drafted him in 2011, with pick No. 242 of 254 in the 7th and final round. The Cowboys had a pick 22 spots earlier and used it on fullback Shaun Chapas.
The Texas Rangers did draft Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. So if the Cowboys want to at least see this year’s Super Bowl ring, they can just mosey down the street in Arlington.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.