After the Dallas Cowboys‘ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, fans can breathe a little easier. In the previous three preseason games, including the Hall-of-Fame game, the first-team offense had yet to find the end zone.
To complicate matters, the offense looked terrible last week as they turned the ball over time and time again. Six times to be exact, including fumbles by Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar and Dwayne Harris.
Even though its the preseason, you still want to see some type of consistency from your offense — especially the first-team offense. In what is considered by most people to be the dress rehearsal game of the preseason, the Cowboys had no turnovers. Tony Romo finished with 137 yards in the first half of the game with two touchdowns, one to Bryant and the other to Miles Austin.
The Cowboys are hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, where they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round. They would go on to get destroyed by Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. That’s the lone playoff win for Romo.
Despite the one playoff win, Jerry Jones believes in his quarterback. As a matter of fact, he believes in him so much that he awarded him with a $108 million contract during the offseason.
Fans, however, are getting restless as they are use to seeing America’s Team compete year after year for a playoff spot. They are used to quarterbacks like Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman leading the way for the ‘Boys. Fans, for the most part, seem to love Romo and want him to succeed. With $108 million coming his way, the fans will want to see some improvement sooner rather than later.
If DeMarco Murray and Austin can stay healthy for the entire year, this could be the year Romo delivers the playoff goods. Bryant is proving himself as one of the top-tier wide receivers in the game. If the offensive line can give Romo time to throw the ball and open some lanes for Murray, this offense shouldn’t have any problems putting points up on the board. Of course, the defense must do its part as well.
Putting that stuff aside, I think Romo is ready to take on the leadership role that comes with being the quarterback of a football team. If this is the case, look for the Cowboys to be playing some meaningful football in January for the first time in several years.