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.
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.