With training camp starting at the end of the month for the Dallas Cowboys and mini camps and OTA’s being over for quite some time now, we are in what I would call the down time of the NFL. This is the time of the year when players are not dwelling on the results of the past season but are in focus of this season. The New York Giants are no longer the champions but the defending champions. And the hopes for every NFL fan and their team are high again.
So far this year the Dallas Cowboys have been relatively quite during the down time. Perhaps the ‘Boys in Big D’ are maturing after last seasons embarrassments. Not just the players but the coaches as well. Rob Ryan hasn’t made any promises to kick any ass this season. After only scoring two TD’s against the Eagles last year, I think Rob may have his head in the locker room and not in the media. Don’t get me wrong, I think his confidence can go a long way with the team but like any relationship some thing need to remain private. I have hopes Jason Garrett’s maturing. I think that after having a full season of coaching behind him he knows the do’s and don’ts of a head coach. I can guarantee that he wont be freezing his own kicker this season. I also believe he wont be as aggressive with a big lead and more aggressive with a small lead. I think he may have learned a lot after playing both the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots last season.
I like the quietness the Dallas Cowboys have surprised us with this season. Maybe Jay Ratliff has become the leader that the ’Boys have been looking for after telling the team to “shut up and work”. The only noise that has been heard recently is from the normally quite DeMarcus Ware admitting that he feels the sack record is in his grasp. But even that is hardly any noise, considering every player in the NFL feels the same way about him. If the secondary could have made quarterbacks hold the ball for just a tenth of a second last year Ware probably would have made 4 more sacks and the single season sack record.
With preseason a little more than a month away and the regular less than two, it’s time to hurry up and wait. Wait to see if they are as good as we think, wait to see if the Dallas Cowboys are on the verge of returning days of glory back to Dallas, and wait to see if a sixth Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl victory is upon us. All we can do is wonder if we have a storm coming to Dallas. Until then the fans will be like young children at the window counting the seconds in the wait for the crashing thunder after the flashes of lightning awarded to us in the draft and free agency.