When the Cowboys first started to develop relevancy in the NFL, they earned the moniker “Next Years Champions.” They say that history has a way of repeating itself and I’m starting to see that come to light. You see, I was at work today, not working, sifting through the endless articles related to our beloved Dallas Cowboys. During this seemingly endless voyage I fell across an article on NFL.com that outlined the most improved teams of the offseason. It was here that NFL contributor Dave Dameshek offered a glowing report about the improvements that Cowboys have made this offseason. Why I love reading positive news about the Cowboys because it seems so scarce, I was however a little thrown back by one thing he said. Dameshek said that he thinks that the Cowboys will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year.
I think we need to take a second to breathe. Some of you got beyond thrilled. Some of you, recalling years of broken hearts, are in the “I’ll believe that crock of crap when I see it” phase. I get it, but this seems to happen every year. The Cowboys, for a long time, have been one of the most talented teams in the NFL. The struggle has been translating that talent to success.
To me, the Cowboys need a fresh strategy. Perhaps a new approach to the season; a “one game at a time” approach. Since 2006, all I can remember is hearing from the so called experts how the Dallas Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC. Yet year in and year out we end up disappointed. We disappoint ourselves because we allow those experts to feed into our thoughts. So every season, America’s Team, can do nothing but disappoint us.
The playoffs need to be the target, but that is after focusing on each opponent separately. The Cowboys need to learn to execute regularly and not allow expectations to blind them. There has been a significant amount of offseason moves that have greatly improved this team. I truly believe that the front office made nothing but smart, economical moves that will make this team among the best in the NFC.
I’m not saying that the Cowboys aren’t going to make the Super Bowl. I truly believe that this could be one of those special seasons. I am imploring you, the fans, to simmer your expectations. To not fall victim of “expert” optimism. The Cowboys are talented but the season has a bevy of variables that could destroy the season’s outlook. Let us just relax, enjoy the season as it comes, and just hope that week 1 brings revenge in the sweetest way.