Time for the Dallas Cowboys To Cowboy Up

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Bruce Carter did exactly that in 2012 when Sean Lee went down to injury. He took his game from a lot of potential to this kid can be great in a very real hurry until he too was felled by injury. After he went down it was Anthony Spencer who took the reins of leadership for the Defense and he had his best year ever as a pro. He cowboyed up. Stuff like that is what teaches a group of talented players into becoming a team.

Who do we need to cowboy in 2013? I’d say it starts with DeMarco Murray or Joseph Randle and the running game. If this team is to go to the next level we are going to need Bill Callahan’s Offensive Line to get these guys moving. We have to reverse the last couple of years where this team is one dimensional near the goal line. We need to do what Travis Frederick described as Winsconsin’s philosophy on the OL, that is to “play in their yard.” We can’t let the other guys play in our yard. We need to cowboy up and play in theirs. Could Frederick be the missing piece? That remains to be seen, but he is going to be a key piece.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (70) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t kid yourself and imagine that this team doesn’t realize the tremendous pressure that is on them to turn the ship around. Every interview with the true stars of this team has them saying that exact thing. It is time for this team to win. It is time for this team to overcome its flaws. That is what every championship team does. If you think no Cowboys Championship team had flaws, think again. There were plenty. They overcame those flaws and cowboyed up.

Time for History to repeat itself. It is time for Dallas to once again be the talk of the league as a championship caliber team. That can only happen if the current crop of players continue what they have started under Jason Garrett. Unlike many fans who are troubled by the recent years, I am truly enjoying what I see this team becoming. Let me explain. I’m not satisfied with mediocrity. I haven’t accepted losing. I am once again seeing a team come together. They defend each other rather than point fingers like Terrell “They Unleashed Me” Owens. You don’t diss their Quarterback or their coach around these players. They come together. They overcame so many injuries last year to key players that guys right off the streets were contributing.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Mike, were you a cheerleader in high school or college? And yes, we have all heard all of this before. When a team becomes quiet rather than repeating what has been said over and over in the past that’s when I will become excited. Fans will cheer when they have something to cheer about.

  • B

    Nice article, well put.

    I for one am encouraged and optimistic about this team and the direction it is heading. The youth, well mixed with veterans that have performed well, year in/out. Doing away with high priced, over rated veterans. I hope the next draft addresses the Oline again, early, the Dline and QB successor to Romo.

    I hope Jerry does leave Garrett alone. One thing you see from successful teams and not successful teams is continuity with the coaches and coaching staff. How many head coaches has Dallas had in the past 16, years? Atlanta, Pittsburg, NYG, etc have had 1 coach. Even Cinncinnati has stuck with their coach and it is paying off. Contenders have to be built and they can’t be built well when the blue prints change every two years. Go Boy’s!

  • Kevin

    Too bad you’re not telling the truth about watching Lilly throw his helmet after Super Bowl V, since it was only showed on NFL Films much later.. but thanks for trying.

  • FanInHawaii

    The key factors to this season is health, offensive line, defensive line & most of all turnovers. What’s frustrating is they seem to have the superstar cast (Ware, Spencer, Lee, Carter, Claiborne, Carr, Dez, Austin, Romo, Witten, Murray, Tyron Smith) but the base isn’t there.
    We saw first hand last year how crucial injuries are deal breakers.
    Bottom line, barring the uncontrollable injuries, If our offensive line can consistantly open up holes for Murray it will create a domino effect which opens up the pass, which makes the offense virtually impossible to stop.
    The Defensive line needs to plug the holes so the linebackers can shut the run down. D line also needs to pressure the qb into forcing ill-advised throws.
    I don’t know why, but turnovers are the most underrated factor. All championship teams won the turnover battle.
    Cowboy up offensive and defensive lines and get sum turnovers while ur at it!