Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) throws during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Maturity Of The Dallas Cowboys Offense

The Dallas Cowboys Offense is maturing right in front of our eyes.  Last season the Dallas Cowboys Offense ranked 5th in points and 16th in total yards and 14th in passing yards.  Unfortunately as all fans know we ranked 24th in rushing yards.  Compare those ranks to the year before in 2012 when the Cowboys were still having offensive line problems and quarterback Tony Romo wasn’t on his game.  In 2012, the Cowboys offense was ranked 15th in points and mostly relied on the foot of kicker Dan Bailey to get the Cowboys points on the board.

Fast forward to the draft of Travis Frederick, who turned out to be a diamond in the rough and then to this year’s draft of Zack Martin, both players were drafted in the first round and even though the groans and moans of Cowboys fans everywhere, Frederick at least was a solid pick and Martin we will soon be finding out.

Last year was the first NFL season in a long time that the Cowboys offense didn’t look so rehearsed.   It seemed the players were comfortable with each other and gaining more confidence in their roles as the season progressed.  The wide receiver corps notably without former Cowboys player, Miles Austin, looked to find their stride with fewer hiccups.  Dez Bryant for all the media drama that surrounds him started to grow up before fans eyes and become his own explosive player.

The rest of the Cowboys receiving corps followed Bryant’s lead and stepped up when he was double covered.   Former rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams had a good season for being thrown into the NFL.  He came away his rookie year with 736 yards and 5 touchdowns and to compare that to Bryant’s rookie season where he had only 561 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Now if we look at Cole Beasley who was a rookie in 2012 along with Bryant and who had a more difficult time with the training camp issue of quitting he has improved as well going from just 128 yards in his rookie season to 368 yards last season.

We could go on and on and compare the stats of each of the wide receivers, but the point of the matter is, this Cowboys offense has matured and will continue to do so quite simply because these guys have had more than just a season together.  The more a team and its players play together and the less turnover a team has, the chemistry begins to come naturally.

As excruciating as it is for fans to sit back and watch this slow process of maturity take root within the Cowboys offense, it’s also a very important step that this team must take.  It’s time the organization starts to grow their talent from draft picks up and it’s time for the Cowboys to continue to grow together as a team and once that happens explosive things will happen.  The pieces are set and the talent is there it’s just a matter of coming together.  As a reader said in the comment section a few articles ago, it won’t be this year based upon the strength of schedule, but it is all falling into place for 2015.

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