Everyone just loves to compliment the Dallas Cowboys, don’t they? This week ESPN analysts predicted that Dallas could not win more than six games this season, finishing with their worst record of the last few years.
Despite adding some much needed strength to the offensive line, many are still speculating that Dallas will finish under .500 this year starting a downward trend from what has already been a disappointing last few seasons.
The reasoning behind this is Dallas, already having the worst defense in the league, has lost some of what little talent they possessed.
I disagree. Although I do have to admit that the loss of DeMarcus Ware hurts, I believe he is in decline and we were going to see that in the next few seasons. That doesn’t mean I don’t wish we could have kept him for those seasons.
One of the reasons I disagree is because so many of our defensive players (including Ware) spent a good amount of last year injured. How is someone going to say not having Ware is going to make our defense worse this season when we didn’t really have Ware last season? With him being out or playing injured all of last year, how could there be that much of a drop off?
There is also the somewhat recent loss of Ratliff, but he hasn’t played a down for the Cowboy’s in 2 years, so what difference does that make? Especially when you consider that his actions clearly showed he did not want to be there.
I have a hard time understanding exactly what is going to make us so much worse. In fact, the biggest loss to our defense has been the yearly injury of Sean Lee. If he could remain healthy for the entire season, it would make a big difference to this team come December.
Not to mention, the large strides we have taken in improving our offensive line over the last two drafts is going to drastically change our offensive production. If we can control the tempo of the game by passing and running at will, it will allow us to grind out the clock and close out games when we have a 3rd quarter lead, something we have struggled with in the past.
The other obvious advantage to having a superior offensive line and the ability to control the clock and subsequently time of possession, is that you have to ability to limit the amount of time your defense is on the field. Denver went to the Super Bowl last year with that very concept.
I understand that offense wins games and defense wins championships. That’s why I’m not predicting a championship. I’m predicting 10 wins provided we see some marked improvement in Morris Claiborne and a healthy Sean Lee for the duration of the season. So, while ESPN seems to think the Cowboys can’t win more than six games, I believe we won’t lose more than 6. Can’t wait to see whose right.
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