Dallas Cowboys Offensive Preview
Preview of the Dallas Cowboys Offense
The Dallas Cowboys have a large amount of talent on their roster. With players such as Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Demarco Murray, this team has to potential to dominate opposing defenses. Even though the Cowboys have failed to reach the postseason for much of the past decade, I believe they have finally found the missing pieces and will make a playoff run very soon.
For the past two seasons, the Cowboys were just one win away from making it to the postseason. However, they somehow managed to fall short both times. Dallas has made a few changes during the offseason, and I believe they finally have what it takes to break into the playoffs. If you look through this team’s depth chart and compare it to most of the other teams in the NFL, the Cowboys, no doubt, have more talent. This season, they have a new defensive coordinator in Monte Kiffin and a new offensive play caller in Bill Callahan. Tony Romo is going to be more involved in the offensive game plan than he has in the past, and having Romo’s input is going to prove to be very beneficial for the Cowboys' offense this season. I truly believe that the Cowboys are going to make some noise in the post season this year. Let’s take a look at what their offense will look like for this season.
Dallas is extremely fortunate to have two quality players at the quarterback position. Romo is a highly talented quarterback who has proven he can lead this team. With the amount of talent around him, he is going to have an outstanding season. Behind Romo is Kyle Orton, who was previously a starting quarterback with the Denver Broncos. Orton is considered one of the best backup quarterbacks in the entire NFL. If Romo was to go out with an injury, I have no doubt that Orton can step in and keep the offense rolling.
When healthy, Demarco Murray is a game changing running back. He is a hard-nosed runner who shows flashes of speed and elusiveness. Murray is capable of scoring just about any time he touches the football. Through his first two seasons in the NFL, Murray has proven that he cannot stay healthy for an entire year. Last season when Murray went out with an injured foot, the Dallas running game was practically non-existent. In order for the Cowboys to have success running the ball if Murray gets injured again, they must have quality running backs backing him up. I think the Cowboys have finally found the players they need to make their running game successful. I believe that Lance Dunbar, Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle can step in and contribute to the Dallas rushing attack, should Murray go down again this season.
I truly believe the Cowboys have one of the best receiving corps in the entire NFL. Dez Bryant is finally maturing into the receiver that the Cowboys hoped he would become. He has become a student of the game and is poised for a huge season. Miles Austin is entering the season healthy for the first time in a long time. Austin has had hamstring issues in the past, but he is going to have an outstanding year if he can stay healthy. Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams are all quality receivers who will add to the depth of the position. The receiver position is easily one of the most solid positions on this roster.
For the past decade, the Cowboys have been blessed with an outstanding tight end. Jason Witten is, undoubtedly, one of the best tight ends in the league, and he will eventually find himself in the Hall of Fame. Witten is Romo’s “security blanket” and he can be counted on to deliver when it means the most. He is going to have himself another excellent season in 2013.
We saw James Hanna come down with some big plays when he was given the opportunity last season. Hanna is a speedy tight end who can stretch the field, making it virtually impossible for linebackers to keep up with him. Look for Hanna to have an increased role in the offense this season.
Dallas continued to emphasize this position in the draft by selecting Gavin Escobar in the second round. I’m looking for Escobar to be an immediate contributor to the offense this season. Andre Smith holds the final spot at the tight end position. Smith was bumped up in the depth chart after Dallas traded Dante Rosario the day after the final cuts were made. Dallas must have some confidence in Smith or they wouldn’t have kept him around.
If this offensive line can stay healthy and develop continuity, they could develop into a solid unit. This season is going to feature a whole new interior line for the Cowboys. Ronald Leary is going to assume the left guard duties, and Travis Frederick is going to be the starting center. Frederick was the Cowboys’ second round pick in the draft this year and is an immediate upgrade for the center position. Newly acquired Brian Waters is going to take over the right guard position. Waters is a six-time pro bowler and is a huge upgrade for the position. Both of the tackle positions are going to remain the same, as Tyron Smith will remain the left tackle and Doug Free will continue his duties at right tackle.