The Dallas Cowboys have been playing with postseason success too long for owner Jerry Jones. He’s made it clear that he believes Tony Romo is a Super Bowl quality quarterback and it’s the responsibility of the Cowboys management to give Romo what he needs.
So Cowboys fans will once again hitch up their pants and declare the Cowboys Super Bowl ready. In truth, Dallas has a very good shot at making that goal a reality. The offseason was spent dipping heavily into the free agent market and the Cowboys traded up to draft Morris Claiborne, a huge boon to a very questionable secondary.
Of course, the debate about Tony Romo will still go on. This is a two edges sword. Should Romo prove capable of winning the big game this scenario justifies itself. But falling short again would put Jones in the untenable position of finding a player to replace the quarterback he’s been backing for years now. Honestly though, you have to like the grit Romo showed last season as he played through a rib injury and at least put the Cowboys in position for the post-season. His cause will be aided by the emergence of DeMarco Murray, a tough runner who came of age last season. It would also help if Miles Austin and Dez Bryant could stay healthy. If everyone is there the Dallas Cowboys have a very capable receiving corp.
On defense the big changes are coming at the corners. Claiborne has been tagged as an instant starter. Dallas used the free agent market to land Brandon Carr to man the other cornerback position. The duo instantly elevates the secondary into one of the better NFL defenses.
The Cowboys are attracting some attention in 2012. But it’s hard to get a handle on an NFL team that’s undergoing so many changes. It all looks good on paper but the Cowboys will have to handle the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, the talented Philadelphia Eagles, and the upstart Redskins and RG3 and that’s just in their own division. You’ll also find the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chicago Bears on the schedule, all expected to be playoff contenders.Eric Drouant