Now that the Fourth of July firecrackers have all been popped, it’s time to turn our attention to what fireworks might be coming for the Dallas Cowboys and their NFC East foes when the 2013 season kicks off in the not so distant future.
When it comes to the most explosive element of the defending NFC East Champion Washington Redskins, we need look no further than the quarterback position. Robert Griffin III wasted no time in making his presence felt in the league, painfully so to our beloved ‘Boys. What is a troublesome fact for the Redskins as the 2013 campaign draws nye is the fact that RG III doesn’t shy away from contact and, consequently, he sustained both a concussion and a serious knee injury in his rookie season. If he doesn’t find a way to avoid defenders, Griffin’s medical report could end up being longer than his touchdown tally at season’s end.
The New York Giants shot off a dud in their attempt to defend their Super Bowl XLVI title. Although New York managed to finish above .500 at 9-7, they, like the Cowboys, found themselves watching the playoffs from home after the 2012 campaign . Whether it was simply a case of the super bowl slumps or a more serious problem, the G-men have to improve if they want to get back to championship form. After the season ended, the Giants parted ways with running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but added David Wilson from Virginia Tech with their first round draft pick. They will again be looking to Eli Manning to guide them to a playoff run in 2013.
The Philadelphia Eagles began the off-season with a bang when they fired long-time coach Andy Reid after the team suffered its’ worst season since 1998, finishing with a dismal 4-12 record. As Reid’s replacement, Philly brought in Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon. Kelly brings a fast-paced style of offensive to town that could get the Eagles flying again if they can stay healthy and get their quarterback situation ironed out. The Eagles will also need to improve on the defensive side of the ball after a season that saw them lose some of the ferocity that they have been known for in years past.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the Dallas Cowboys.
When it is firing on all cylinders, the Cowboys offense has the potential to be as explosive as any in the league. However, the same old problems have been rearing their ugly heads in Big D for years. Inconsistent play and injuries at key positions, along with the poor blocking of the Cowboys offensive line, were the Cowboys undoing in 2012. Likewise on the defensive side of the ball, where a depleted secondary and the early season loss of Sean Lee spelled disaster for Dallas. It remains to be seen how a change in defensive coordinator and philosophy will gel for Dallas. It will also be interesting to see how Tony Romo handles the pressure that is sure to come with his newly signed $108 million contract extension.
The countdown to the 2013 season is upon us and we in Cowboys Nation hope Dallas lights up the league on its way to a long overdue post season run.