The Dallas Cowboys have seemed to fall just short of the playoffs consistently throughout the past few seasons, and that’s something that the fans, the front office and of course the players are getting more and more tired of seeing happen. This year the Cowboys want things to be different, but with a defense that doesn’t have nearly as many massive names after losing DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, they’ll have to get it done in a different way.
So exactly how can the Cowboys make the playoffs in 2014?
For starters, they need to find a way to get to the quarterback this season. Losing both Ware and Hatcher is going to be big, and they’ll have to see young players step up and get the job done. It’s going to be a player or two that we don’t fully expect to see step up, such as rookie Demarcus Lawrence or George Selvie. Both of these players are going to need to show that they can make plays when it matters most.
Avoiding mistakes will be another huge thing. While quarterback Tony Romo has cut down on the interceptions, he needs to continue to play smart with the football, especially with Scott Linehan now calling plays, and the well-known fact that he loves to air it out. Mistakes include more than just Romo though, as the ball carriers and wide outs need to protect the ball and defensive players need to make sure they aren’t allowing receivers to run wild.
Speaking of Linehan, let’s talk about coaching. Calling pass, pass, pass and then punt won’t get the job done. Neither will running the ball six times in a row until it stops working, and then passing. The play calling needs to change it up, and the Cowboys are going to need to have better game planning throughout the season. They also need to not be afraid to use DeMarco Murray, as he’s shown the ability to consistently pick up big chunks of yards.
Dallas may have a tough schedule in 2014, but making the playoffs is definitely possible. The NFC East is always anyone’s division it seems, and this year it stands true once again. Watch the Cowboys because if they can do the things listed above, they’ll be a tough team to beat.