Just five days remain before the Dallas Cowboys officially start the 2014 season as training camp has finally arrived. As we head off to Oxnard, California we will be taking a look at five points of optimism for this team in our Camp Confidential series here at the Landry Hat.
Despite those out there who feel that the Cowboys are trending downward and will be lucky to find five or six wins this season, there are certainly some solid reasons to think that Dallas can be a playoff team. Many focus on the three straight 8-8 finishes or the three straight failures in the season’s final game that have kept the Cowboys at home while every other divisional foe has moved on each of the last three years.
Few look at the fact that Dallas has been in the spot to play for that playoff spot three straight years while Washington only won three games in 2013 and just five in 2011. Philadelphia only won four games in 2012 and last year’s New York Giants team finished third in the division and was one of only two teams to not score at least 300 points in the entire NFC.
A lot of people like to point out how bad the defense was last season but no one likes to talk about the fact that even with a historically awful defense, Dallas still won eight games and was the third highest scoring team in the NFC trailing only Philadelphia by three points and the Chicago Bears by six. In four games last season, the Cowboys scored 28, 30, 36 and 48 points and LOST all four of those games. That’s impossible to fathom.
So, as we make our way into a brand new season, let’s take a moment and examine five things that this organization can look towards as positive signs 2014 could finally be the Cowboys year to get into the tournament.