The countdown has begun to the start of training camp for the Dallas Cowboys. The rosters have been over analyzed, speculation has abounded, and criticism handed down by everyone who cares in the slightest that the Cowboys have finished 8-8 the last two seasons. Now crunch time is looming in Dallas and everything that has been talked about or players that have been brought in is going to be put to the test. But before that there is time for one more run through the offseason analysis machine.
Training camp is a long and arduous process for both the players and coaches. The week one roster has to be trimmed down through a grueling process of practice after practice, and this year, five preseason games. In order for the Cowboys to put their best collective foot forward, here a list of thing they must accomplish before their Sunday night opener against the New York Giants.
Install a hurry-up offense
Have you ever noticed the transformation the Cowboys make when they go into hurry-up mode? It’s like a night and day difference. The ball glides down the field, linemen have less time to think about holding their opponent, Jason Garrett (and now Bill Callahan) doesn’t make head-scratching play calls, and the defense is on its heels, unable to knock Tony Romo around. With division foe Philadelphia picking up hurry-up guru Chip Kelly this offseason to replace long-time coach Andy Reid, you know the Cowboys’ defense is going to get a healthy dose of it, so why not fight fire with fire?
Be active on the market
Training camp is when we see players cut right and left. Sometimes there is some real questionable moves made by teams and players that could have started for a team are left without a home. The Cowboys could always use the competition of starter-caliber players pushing their incumbents. Going into training camp Dallas has roster spots cap space available. Why not bring in some new faces to push the first stringers and add quality depth in the process?
This cannot be stressed enough. One of the many reasons the Cowboys have finished 8-8 the past two seasons has been because of their health issues. A decimated defense does no good when it comes down to the wire in December. If the Cowboys can stay generally healthy throughout training camp, they have a better chance of making it through the season with a roster built to contend.