Raider fan here, but have been in the Metroplex for years now and can't help but comment on the local misery index... lol.
Jones is getting absolutely skewered in the morning radio shows, and he must be very thick skinned or oblivious to it all. This team has huge talent problems, but did play with heart last night. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why a team with so many weaknesses would not try and exhibit the one strength it had, which is running the football. At 26 DeMarco Murray is nearing the end of the average NFL shelf life for RB's, but had an outstanding season. He missed only two games (remarkable for his track record) en route to a 217/1124/9 line for the season, which included a sick 5.17 ypc average. The offensive line graded out average at best, especially at RT where Free probably regressed after a good start, and was more bend than break in the passing game. But across the board it excelled in the running game. Why not utilize this strength? This falls directly on the coach, unless Jones has more input in the everyday coaching responsibilities than he lets on. I suspect such, and it would be a great question for some enterprising reporter to ask at any number of Jones' weekly pressers. I see the problem with this team not with Jones the owner, or Jones the GM, but rather Jones the COACH. His meddling at even the lowest levels of field operations is crippling this team. This is why I wouldn't be particularly bullish on running Garrett, IF I was a Cowboy fan lol...
Looking forward I would draft bold, go after an offensive tackle in Round One and build on strength. At #19 overall maybe you'd find a Cameron Erving of Florida State or Taylor Lewan of Michigan to bookend with Smith. With Frederick at center, that line would be a strength. Obviously with the hemorrhaging on defense that is not practical, and probably the needs there rank DE, OLB, DT, & FS, though with Hatcher probably leaving you could flip the first two. In any case, a defense where a defensive tackle leads the team in sacks has definite problems. Ware has become a liability in run defense, and was outplayed at time by Selvie, who eventually may make a fine DE2 or rotational guy. At LB Lee is a stud, but injury prone. Carter was a Dalmatian chasing a fire truck in pass coverage, giving up a passer rating of an astounding 109 against him in coverage. Wilbur is a career backup. On the back end Church was a hero, with 140+ tackles, but they need a free safety desperately. At CB Scandrick is probably the team's best player, but as a group they got toasted regularly. I'd give a pass here, for now (and the school is still out on the Claiborne pick), but only because the secondary was under such duress due to the anemic pass rush.
I'd hire services to Jones and run his 2014 draft for season seats next year (daughter is a fan of the team lol...) and take any of the following players at #19 if still available (obviously top need Clowney of South Carolina will be long gone):
DT Louis Nix Notre Dame
FS Ha Ha Clinton Dix of ALA
OLB Kahlil Mack Buffalo
OLB CJ Mosely ALA
Realistically, drafting need first, maybe you're looking at DE Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame at 1, who is a 6-6 300 lb monster but may be over sized for an end. Maybe a Trent Murphy of Stanford. At 2 I'd look for maybe OLB Kyle Van Noy of BYU, a safe pick for their coverage needs who runs 6-3 245 and runs a 4.6 40. Then at 3 you may pull the trigger on a FS like Calvin Pryor of Louisville or Dion Beasley of USC if he's there.
One thing the NFL has taught this year is that the league is a young man's game. Teams in salary cap hell are in less dire straits, as more often the older vets are going to break down anyhow. Drafting wisely is the key more than ever to NFL success. It IS possible to turn fortune with an effective NFL draft. In 1981 the San Francisco 49ers drafted Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, and Carlton Williamson 1-2-3 in their draft. They brought in Ray Rhodes and George Siefert to coach them up, and saw a defense go from 27th overall to 2nd, and Frisco went from 6-10 punching bags to 13-3 champs.
But Jerry Jones is a far cry from the DeBartolos and Bill Walsh lol...