2015 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
The Dallas Cowboys were a revelations in 2014. The addition of Zach Martin helped turn the Cowboys offensive line into the best unit in the game. Behind that stellar offensive line, Tony Romo and company rallied to 12 wins, including an extremely rare road win in Seattle. The Cowboys cemented themselves as one of the top 5 teams in the NFL last season, and won their first playoff game since 2009. A controversial overturned catch in the NFC Divisional Round left Dallas hungry for more in 2015. The Cowboys will have to do it without star running back DeMarco Murray, who bolted for the division rival Eagles in the offseason. To replace Murray’s NFL leading rushing output from last season, the Cowboys will lean on newly signed Darren McFadden, as well as veteran backup Joseph Randle. Maybe more so than any other team in the NFC, the Cowboys solved just about all of their needs in the 2015 NFL Draft. First round cornerback Byron Jones has the talent to play from day one, and should sure up what was a shaky Cowboys secondary last season. Also new in 2015 will be pass rush ace Randy Gregory, who will look to team up with Demarcus Lawrence to help improve a league basement pass rush from 2014. The Cowboys also picked up forecasted first round draft pick La’el Collins and resigned superstar Dez Bryant to a long term deal. If the Cowboys defense can stay healthy, and Tony Romo’s back holds up, the Dallas Cowboys have a legitimate shot to make a Super Bowl run in 2015. 2015 might be the Cowboys best shot at a title since Troy Aikman hung up his cleats.
2014 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
The Cowboys are coming off yet another 8-8 season that included one of the worst defenses in NFL history. Even with the poor defense, the Cowboys offense is so good they came within a play or two of making the playoffs and winning the NFC East. Tony Romo was injured in Week 16 and is coming off surgery, but he should be good to go by Week 1. The Cowboys have already been hit by the injury bug this year, seeing a broken foot for 2nd round pick Demarcus Lawrence and losing star linebacker Sean Lee for the season. Lawrence was brought in to alleviate the impact from losing Demarcus Ware, who was released in the offseason. Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray are primed to have big seasons, but it’ll be up to the defense to keep Dallas in games. The Cowboys begin the season with a home game against the 49ers, and will also have early season home contests against the Saints and Texans. A Week 6 game in Seattle will definitely put Romo and the Cowboys offense to the test before getting into divisional play against the Redskins, Eagles and Giants.
2013 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
This year marks the 54th season in the NFL for the Cowboys. The pressure is on Jason Garrett to produce as they have not played in a Super Bowl in 17 years. The firing of Rob Ryan has brought a new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, and new defensive scheme to Dallas. Shifting from the 3-4 under Ryan to the 4-3 will better utilize the defenses speed, talent and give Bruce Carter the room he needs to make an impact this season. The change also shifts DeMarcus Ware into the defensive end position, capping the line and helps better capitalize on his speed and natural ability to contain the offence. This will make for a fast and exciting defensive game and present the opportunity for turnovers, for which Kiffin is known. The end of last season brought Romo a $100 million dollar contract extension, along with the big dollars comes big expectations. The changes will make for a great 2013 season and provide the fans a great show and push toward the playoffs and championship.
2012 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
One again the Cowboys are talented. They have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Tony Romo, future hall of famers in Demarcus Ware and Jason Witted, and young stars in skill positions like Demarco Murray and Dez Bryant – so why can’t they put it all together? Dallas seems to have the weapons leading into the 2012 season, which would lead one to believe this could be their year. They’ll need to get more consistent on the offensive line if they really want to be a consistent team though, and that’s never an easy task. With Tyron Smith moving from right to left tackle and Phil Costa moving into the center position, Jason Garrett is hoping to finally protect Tony Romo and open some consistent running lanes. Romo was on his backside all the time last season, even suffering a punctured lung in San Francisco. The year before, Romo was slammed into the ground, breaking his clavicle. Dallas is hoping some sort of combination of Mackenzy Bernadeau, Nate Livings, Doug Free and Derrick Dockery can hold down the fort on the offensive line long enough for Romo to find some of his explosive playmakers. Rob Ryan’s defense, always stout against the run, went out to look for help against the pass during the offseason – and they found it. Dallas signed FA cornerback Brandon Carr to a $50 million deal, then went ahead and used its first round draft pick on LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne. If those two can solidify the pass defense and Sean Lee can continue his standout play then the Cowboys could be something to fear on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys open the season in not-so-friendly confines, traveling northeast to face the Giants four days before the rest of the NFL kicks off. First home game will be two weeks later when the Bucs come to town. Dallas goes through a tough stretch against the Bengals, Steelers and Saints in December before wrapping up the season at FedEx Field against the rival Redskins.
2011 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
The Dallas Cowboys’ 2010 season took a hit as big as the one that broke Tony Romo’s collar bone and ended his year. Enter Jon Kitna, and a 6-10 record and year away from the playoffs. Head coach Jason Garrett will be looking to turn things around in his first full year in charge, and he certainly has the personnel to make a return to bring America's Team back to the postseason. Tony Romo has become one of the more reliable quarterbacks in the NFL, and he will be surrounded by a number of talented play makers this year. Although running back Marion Barber left the team, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice are both solid options. Romo also has a stable of excellent receivers including Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten. While the Cowboys offense sputtered at times in 2010, its defense usually played well and that should be the case once again this year. The strength of the Dallas defense lies in its linebacking corps, which is headlined by Demarcus Ware (who also plays defensive end) and Keith Brooking, who has emerged as the vocal leader of the defense. Veteran Terence Newman will lead the secondary, and Rob Ryan will coordinate the defense with the same tenacity as his brother has in coaching the New York Jets.
2010 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
Given their prominence and lengthy history, the Dallas Cowboys typically have one of the most publicized offseasons. That was not the case this year, but thanks to a good draft and a solid defense, the Cowboys should be top contenders for the Super Bowl in 2010. Prior to last year, one of the biggest knocks on quarterback Tony Romo was that he could not win in the playoffs - but a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round last season ended that drought. Romo is back along with many of the talented parts of last year's squad including running backs Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, all of whom can break loose for a long touchdown run. Receivers Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton will provide Romo with reliable targets, and Dallas also added rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State, who could be among the most explosive pass catchers in the league. The Cowboys had one of the toughest defenses to run against last year, allowing only 90.5 rushing yards per game. Assuming everyone stays healthy, not much should change this season,comma as linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James are two of the best at their position. The secondary is solid as well, as Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman are two reliable cornerbacks.
2009 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
America's Team has a lot of changes in-store for the 2009 season. The Dallas Cowboys are moving into a shiny, new stadium that is sure to be one of the finest professional sports venues in the world. Jerry Jones approved a $1 billion budget for the new Cowboys Stadium, so it will have every conceivable amenity and be a sports palace for fans. On the field Dallas resembles their 2008 team with one notable exception, wide receiver Terrell Owens is no longer a Cowboy. Former Texas Longhorn Roy Williams will need to step up at receiver for Dallas, and if he does the Cowboys will be one of the favorites in the NFC. That is because the Cowboys return-quarterback Tony Romo, running back MBIII and tight end Jason Witten. On defense Dallas looks sharp; Coach Wade Philips only needs to fine-tune to get his D in top-notch form. The Cowboys will be fun to watch in 2009 and if things stack up correctly they might find themselves playing for another ring in February 2010.
2008 Dallas Cowboys Season Preview
Coming off a 13-3 season in 2007, the Dallas Cowboys are looking strong. A disappointing playoff loss is already yesterday's news, and the Cowboys are focusing all their attention on the upcoming season. Returning 13 pro-bowlers, and with the veteran presence of Zach Thomas at linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys are ready to reclaim their offensive standings (3rd in the nation last year). Dallas is going to put together another winning season this year, and you can expect them to win at least 12 games. Look for a division champs repeat, and another playoff appearance. Get out to Dallas and support these guys all the way to the Super Bowl!