By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on June 11, 2014
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping that the 2014 season will be better than the past few have been. Dallas has a lot of question marks surrounding their team. Is Tony Romo really 100 percent? Can the defense be better than their horrendous showing in 2013? Will Dez Bryant continue to ascend up the list of top WRs? Will Dallas finally finish better than 8-8? To answer some of these questions, here are five early predictions for the 2014 season.
Demarco Murray had 1,121 yards rushing and 350 yards receiving yards in 2013. Murray also had 10 TDs. All of those numbers were career-highs. I believe 2014 will be even better for Murray, mainly because of new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. With Linehan in Detroit last season, both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell caught over 50 passes. Murray is underrated as a pass catcher and Linehan will utilize that talent in 2014.
The Cowboys' defense took a huge hit when linebacker Sean Lee tore his ACL on day one of OTAs. The linebacker group and the front seven in general will be looking for a leader and a playmaker. I believe the player who takes that role will be DeVonte Holloman. Holloman spent his rookie season converting from safety to linebacker, and I believe he is ready to shine in 2014.
Dez Bryant has improved in every season, and I expect that to continue in 2014. Dez is entering the final year of his contract, and he will show the Cowboys and the rest of the NFL why he deserves to be paid like one of the top wideouts by catching at least 100 passes and finding the end zone 15 times.
Tony Romo is telling everyone who will listen that he is close to 100 percent, and that he can play at a high level for another five years. It’s one thing to say it, but it’s a completely different thing to actually do it. Romo will play well when he plays in 2014, but unfortunately for Dallas, he won’t play in all of them.
Death, taxes and mediocrity: those are the three guarantees that Cowboys fans know all too well. Dallas will be entertaining in 2014, but the season will have a tough and predictable ending: a very familiar record of 8-8.
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