Faith might be the winning formula. The secret sauce. The tool that connects a coach and a trophy. A player and a ring.
Tom Landry would probably want you to have more faith. He had it. He had to. A winning season wasn’t recorded until his seventh season. By today’s standards, he would have been fired three years into the job.
The Dallas Cowboys are rolling into this season with faith. Outside of Travis Frederick (C) and Terrance Williams (WR) and Joseph Randle (RB), the core is pretty much compiled with the same players. The difference? Players are now a year older.
Faith. Somebody in the front office must have a lot of it. Should you?
Are the playoffs that far out of reach? Maybe not. That’s the faith talking. Oh well.
Faith In Running
The running attack must form into an actual running game. As in: Planned out. Usable. A threat. Good. Whatever.
That means DeMarco Murray can’t stay home sick earning paid leave. He’ll have to come out and play. 16 times (minimum) this season, to be precise. Lance Dunbar too. If the Cowboys are to have any chance of playing in January, the two have to be in uniform and help the team finish at least 15th best in the league. Falling second to last is not an option.
But can they do it? Quizás.
Faith In Defense
For once, the defense might live up to their own resume. Critics have a propensity to eye the quarterback after a loss. It’s what he did or didn’t do that exemplifies a win or a loss. Just because the defense doesn’t hold the ball, doesn’t mean they can’t be blamed.
This defense has been littered with names for years. Let’s face it. (That’s not the faith talking.) The problem? Nobody can read the names on the back of the jerseys because a band-aid covers it.
Sean Lee (LB) too, has a 16 game minimum requirement. Without him, the team is different. No soul. No aim. No center. Different.
But name dropping isn’t enough. If the defense lives up to their quality, there’s no doubt they’ll have January tickets to use.
Faith In Those Two
If there’s anything to learn from the Dynamic Duo — Tony Romo and Dez Bryant — it’s that chemistry matters. It really does. It’s nice that Romo has a BFF other than Jason Witten. Or some guy named Terrell Owens.
Chemistry isn’t a stat you record. But the production these two accumulate will be totaled. And this Romo to Bryant connection must come to fruition when the season goes live. There’s a tendency to credit Bryant for his accelerated maturity and natural ability. Don’t forget however, the quarterback still throws the ball.
Faith In Faith
Whether you believe it or not, this team can make the playoffs. They can beat expectations — doubters too.
So, to the playoffs and beyond? Quizás, quizás, quizás.
A little faith never hurts.