There has been lots of optimism at this point of the offseason. There isn’t much you can do at this point in time but be enthusiastic. Right now 32 teams are preparing themselves for one goal: The Lombardi. The offseason is the time to fix the problems of the previous season. The Cowboys are no exception. They have made many changes this offseason to improve, but there are still many questions for the Cowboys heading into the 2013 season.
1. Can the Cowboys stay healthy?
Injuries happen. There really is nothing you can do about it. Last year injuries hurt the Cowboys, and it possibly cost them a trip to the playoffs. In particular, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Jay Ratliff and Demarco Murray have struggled recently with injuries. If the Cowboys want to do well the coming season, staying healthy is key.
2. How will our offensive line perform?
Right now Frederick is our only new face on our offensive line. There will be competition for possibly both the guard spots. Nate Livings played fine last year and if he continues his solid play, he’ll earn the left guard position. For right guard, it is up in the air. Mackenzy Bernadeau is the incumbent starter, but Ronald Leary has impressed the Cowboys staff. Finally Doug Free and Jermey Parnell will be fighting for the right tackle position. Free has been highly criticized this offseason and is looking for a bounce back season. Parnell on the other hand shined when he replaced an ineffective Doug Free last season.
3. Will Dwayne Harris continue to shine?
Dwayne Harris showed flashes of playmaking ability. Going into the 2013 season, the Cowboys are expecting great things from him as the third wide receiver in the offense. Harris had shown great speed and quickness and has potential to contribute like Laurent Robinson did in 2011. Harris will hopefully be contributing as a kick returner in 2013 as well.
4. Will B.W. Webb push Orlando Scandrick out of the nickel?
I was very excited when we select ed B.W. Webb. While he may be a bit small and from a small school, Webb showed he could ball in the Senior Bowl. His combine performance was especially impressive, as he recorded top performances in four drills. He excelled in the 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, broad jump, and vertical jump. This indicate that he’s very explosive and quick, the perfect attribute for a nickel cornerback. Webb is looking to compete, so Scandrick should definitely watch out.
5. Will the offensive playcalling be more effective?
Two weeks ago, it was announced that Bill Callahan will call the offense. Will he be able to achieve a more balanced attack? There was also speculation that Romo will be running the no huddle a lot more. The offensive playcalling will be very different next year, hopefully the result of these changes will lead to more points.