For the Dallas Cowboys it was an old broom that swept clean. The grand experiment of bringing in pure talent, regardless of character, has been abandoned. Gone or T.O., Pacman, and Tank. Now Jerry Jones and Wade Philips will try to bring an NFC East Championship and a Super Bowl back to Cowboys Stadium with a Cowboys team that certainly has less flash, but may be a better team by way of better chemistry.
Dallas Cowboys Offense – With wunderkind Jason Garrett at the helm the Cowboys looked somewhat unimaginative at tiomes. It seems as if they’re still trying to decide whether to be a run or pass oriented team. Tony Romo may be great at times but consistency is still lacking and he certainly hasn’t proven himself a pressure quarterback. The thinking is that with T.O. gone, Romo will begin to assert himself as a leader.
The Cowboys running game seems to have plenty of life. Marion Barber and Felix Jones are both capable running backs. Injuries slowed both of them last season, so backup Tashard Choice will also be a big factor.
One of the biggest factors will be the emergence (or non-emergence) of wide receiver Roy Williams. He absolutely has to step up and prove he’s worth the trade. Williams can catch the ball in traffic but he’s not a burner. That speed demon role will be taken up by Miles Austin. Tight End Jason Witten is another target for Romo.
Dallas Cowboys Defense – This is a gamble for Wade Philips because he is taking the defense on his shoulders. The unit remains basically the same unit that finished 20th in points given up in 2008 so there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Bottom Line – The Dallas Cowboys are a talented team. With expectations high for a Super Bowl last season, and the horrible ending, Wade Philips is on the hot seat. He can erase the board with a trip deep into the playoffs but his only vindication is to win a Super Bowl. Anything short of that means his job is in jeapordy.