Am I the only one who feels the immense strangeness attached to the unusual calm of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys’ offseason? Being a Cowboys fan for so long, many of us just aren’t used to the lack of noise or conflict around here.
I’m certainly not here to complain or wish for a real hardship to appear, but wow this is odd. Let’s not forget the Josh Brent tragedy and Jerry Jones/Jay Ratliff tirade happened during the end of the 2012 season. Neither of those count towards the offseason.
What have we really dealt with around here? Confusion and sneakiness concerning the new play-caller? Tony Romo sitting out of mini-camp due to a minor back surgery with little concern of a lingering injury. Anthony Spencer not coming to terms on a new deal? That’s all child’s play compared to the rocky past around here.
Where’s the Tony Romo choosing to play golf over practice? Or his odd trip to Cancun with Jason Witten and the Simpson family? Or even worse, what happened to the bonehead brushes with the law of Dez Bryant?
The scene around Valley Ranch has been completely opposite of what we are used to. Even the minimal free agent chase has been a real bore. The team basically made a few minor moves and claims to be good to go.
The draft picks, while there was some minor dispute of their worth here and there, seem like a good bunch of guys ready to get to work and help the team.
The veterans had pretty much 100% attendance at mini-camp (even the injured), and the reports are great concerning the high activity in the weight room.
Who are these guys? It all just seems surreal being so different from the past. While the rest of the NFL has offseason legal meltdowns coming in like gangbusters, the Cowboys look like a group of choir boys ready for rehearsal.
Could there be a new attitude brewing around these parts. Are the men in silver and blue finally fully committed to turning this thing around and making Cowboy nation proud once again?
Sure there are still many position questions to be answered coming our way in training camp. But from where I’m sitting it finally seems like this team is ready to make an upward move and become relevant again.
Time will tell, but judging from the attitude and workmen like approach gracing this team and coaching staff all offseason, we may be in for a very exciting and fulfilling 2013 campaign.