Dallas Cowboys 2014 – Good and Bad – Schedule Snapshot

by on August 13, 2014 updated August 13, 2014

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 Choppy Outlook Hinders 2014 Cowboys

 

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Good – The Cowboys most improved unit may be the offensive line. Travis Frederick had a solid rookie season and he’ll be better in 2014. Tyron Smith made the Pro Bowl at the all important Left tackle position. Ron Leary is an adequate Left Guard with some upside. Together, the Cowboys offensive line allowed enough room for Dallas to average 4.5 yards a game in 2013.

Bad – Behind the offensive line is Tony Romo and while Dallas is hopeful he’ll be recovered from a back injury the reality is that nobody knows at this point. Romo also carries some baggage with his history in big games and a fan base that can be less than supportive.

Good – DeMarco Murray is a reliable runner with Pro Bowl credentials. He’ll help take pressure off of Romo, preventing further injury (hopefully), and with Lance Dunbar expected to play a larger role in 2014, the Cowboys ground game is in good shape.

Bad – Once again, instability in the coaching staff could undermine progress. Dallas is on their third Offensive Coordinator in three years. Plus, Jason Garrett is once again being nominated for Execution Victim of 2014. Seriously, no playoffs in 2014 = no Garrett in 2015 and anyone who thinks differently is probably kidding themselves.

Good – The Dallas Cowboys now have a new Defensive Coordinator, once again their third in three years. The last two didn’t work and the Cowboys were the worst in the NFL in 2013. Try another guy.

Bad –  The Dallas defense finished at the bottom of the NFL in 2013 and lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to other teams and now Sean Lee to injury. There may be some players who can help, like maybe Henry Melton, if he’s healthy, but there’s a serious ;lack of proven defensive talent in Dallas. Rod Marinelli has his job cut out for him.

Good – Dallas used their 1st Round pick on a good player in Zack Martin, who should help immediately and didn’t give in to the temptation to draft Johnny Manziel.

Bad – NFL fans everywhere lost the priceless entertainment value of the Dallas Cowboys drafting Johnny Manziel. Seriously, wouldn’t that have been awesome?

The 2014 Dallas Cowboys schedule, on the face of it, look very…….challenging. Over the course of 17 weeks the Cowboys will face a slew of NFL teams that were playoff worthy last season. Try this on for size: The San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks,  the Philadelphia Eagle twice, and the Indianapolis Colts.

There are also some teams on the rise like the Rams, Cardinals, and within the NFC east the Giants and Redskins offer plenty of historic rivalry and uncertain outcomes.

There are also some teams that you can tentatively call as wins, although that might be dangerous. The Titans, Texans, and Jaguars may provide some respite from what looks like a choppy season for the Dallas Cowboys.

 

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