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Top 5 Reasons For Dallas Cowboys Doom and Gloom in 2013

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Top 5 Reasons For Doom and Gloom This Season

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In the weeks since the draft has ended, there has been a lot of talk about the Dallas Cowboys. That’s not really news since America’s Team is the most talked about in the NFL but what has been surprising is the doom and gloom from writers and fans. It seems as though there are more pessimists than optimists for the Cowboys and it’s hard to understand why?

The season is three months away and there appears to be plenty of people out there who know how the 2013 season is going to turn out and the news isn’t good for the Cowboys and their fans. If the glass was sitting on the table right now, many Cowboys fans would say its half empty instead of saying half full. While it’s understandable to feel negative towards the Cowboys, let’s keep in mind that there are still plenty of things to be positive about.

However, the Cowboys do have things they didn’t improve upon and fans have every right to worry about. Its way too early to panic but in all fairness, there are two sides to every story. The other day I wrote about the reasons for Cowboys fans to be optimistic and today I’m going to look at the reasons to be concerned with the 2013 Dallas Cowboys.

This is the doom and gloom piece for Cowboys fans and even though I feel optimistic about this team, they aren’t perfect. But we’re still a long way from knowing much about whom the Cowboys are and there is plenty of time to improve upon these weaknesses for the upcoming season.

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5. Learning A New Defense

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The Cowboys will be learning a new defense in 2013, but it’s not just learning a new defense but a drastically different one. It’s a philosophy change for the Cowboys defense and it might take a little time to adjust. A few bad games early could hurt the team over the course of a season.

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4. Defensive Line Depth

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The Cowboys basically blew off the position this offseason and with players switching positions and all the movement along the defensive front, it’s fair to wonder whether the Cowboys have enough depth. Jay Ratliff could be suspended by the NFL, DeMarcus Ware broke down a little last year and Jason Hatcher is in his thirties; do the Cowboys have enough depth in the trenches to survive the season? It’s an honest question to ask.

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3. Fixing The Run Game

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The Cowboys have had a declining running game for the past few years now. Injuries have taken their toll but there should be no worries about that since the Cowboys have depth at the position. As important as Tony Romo is to the Cowboys, the Dallas offense will go as far as DeMarco Murray’s legs take them. He’s the key to the offense, despite the weapons at receiver and tight end.

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2. Inexperience At Safety

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I like the prospects of the Cowboys safeties but they are all inexperienced. The future looks bright and I believe Matt Johnson, J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church can play but there just isn’t enough evidence yet.

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1. Offensive Line Issues

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Dallas didn’t do enough to improve a terrible unit from last year. Travis Frederick was a start but I felt they needed one new player at each position and they failed in that regard. It will be interesting to see if any of the younger players can step up and be a better option for the Cowboys and it looks like that’s the direction they’re headed. Still protecting Tony Romo and opening up holes for the running game takes a better unit overall and it remains to be seen if Dallas did that.