Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception for a fourth quarter touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Sitting Prettier Than You Think

A discussion I had with a friend the other day left me feeling a lot better about the Cowboys current situation.

When a season ends as disappointingly as this previous one (and the several before), it can leave such a bad taste in your mouth that you easily forget about the positives.

For instance, the staggering play of Lance Dunbar before his season ending injury against Oakland.  Dunbar was averaging 6.7-6.8 yards a carry in his last couple of games, this guy is going to be the perfect compliment to Murray.  He’s a young player that is on the verge of a breakout season.

Another player that caught my eye last season nearly gave up before the end of camp his first year.  Cole Beasley, standing at an intimidating 5 feet 8 inches, became our most consistent 3rd down threat last season.  This guy seems to always find a way to get open and plays with the physicality of a player a foot taller.

Travis Frederick did not disappoint last year.  If we can build a little more around him this draft, we will be looking at a much more productive offense this year.

Gavin Escobar, despite not getting a lot of touches, averaged about 15 yards a reception and grabbed himself a couple of touchdowns along the way.  Not bad for a rookie, and with this kid’s size and speed he could become a strong offensive threat if given time to develop. 

These are just the guys flying under the radar. We still have our big name talents such as Bryant, Witten, Murray, Romo, Lee, Carr and Claiborne.  Church had a better season than I expected, hopefully he can continue to improve throughout next season.

I could not care less about the loss of Miles Austin.  At nearly 750 yards receiving in his rookie year, I will take Terrance Williams over Austin any day of the week.  Can you imagine what this guy will accomplish with natural development and more targets? 

I am upset about the loss of DeMarcus Ware.  I’ll admit his production has tapered off in the last few years, some due to injury, some do to misuse and not having a legitimate threat on the other end.  He may have already seen his best years, but I still hate to see him go, maybe it’s just the fan in me.

Either way, if we can find Frederick some help and scatter in some defensive talent up front, plus manage to keep everyone healthy…we should be looking at a playoff team.

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  • trinity

    Yes, Dallas is sitting pretty. However, it won’t matter though. Somehow, someway they will find a way to screw themselves lol. That’s how it always is. Another mediocre season on tap

  • PaulTX

    Usually an 8-8 team is only a few pieces away from being a 10-6 or 11-5 team. We lost two pieces and added one, so maybe if we can add 2-3 pieces in the draft, we might be okay. If nothing else changes, I think a healthy Sean Lee and not playing zone with our CBs will make a difference.

    • Trey

      YESSSS !! I been saying that all last season

  • Alfredo Martinez

    For me, this team will be better than last year just with marinelli at DC… Marinelli is one of the best Dfensive mind in bizz..the schedule is very strong for this team next year… 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams, Eagles (2), Giants (2), Redskins (2), Colts, Saints, Bears… A very strong schedule…. We need face it with a young and good defense….Good lock Jason Garrett…

  • Guy Smith

    If Donald or Pryor aare both gone, I trade down for another second rounder and hopw Ealy from Missouri is still there, then take him, and with Two Seconds and a Third rounder, added another DLineman, OLineman and safety..

  • Ed

    I’m feeling positive about ’14 also in that all of the talent that was out due to injury will be back (hopefully with a chip on the shoulder). 2-3 good pieces added to the mix could be the difference.

    But another thing, if the Cowboys had the worst defense in the league, how did we end up 8-8 and 1 game short of the playoffs? Yes, the sound of a healthy defense in the 2nd year of a system sounds good to me.