The Dallas Cowboys have only one goal this offseason
As the offseason progresses, the Dallas Cowboys are tasked with only one goal as the team approaches the 2016 season.
The Dallas Cowboys loyal fan base got their first taste of the team in action after organized team activities got under way last week. While the OTA’s offered eager fans a first look at the rookies interacting with the veterans it also offered the new players a chance to get acclimated to the way the team operates in a practice setting.
While it is definitely exciting to see Ezekiel Elliott running behind the vaunted Dallas offensive line, it is important to remember that the players are practicing in nothing more than gym clothes. With that reminder in hand it’s time to look at the only goal for this Cowboys team as OTA’s progress and beyond.
Arguments can be made that improving certain areas of the team should be the top off-season goal for the team. The young talent on the defensive line needs to mature into quality contributors in order for the quarterback pressure to not be better than non-existent. A safety is going to have to step up opposite Byron Jones and make plays on a consistent basis if the secondary wants to prevent big plays every week.
Some may argue that Dez Bryant returning to form could be the biggest goal for this offseason. The running back depth getting hammered out into a trustworthy and productive group is undoubtedly an important task this off-season. And of course Elliott finding his footing within this offense will be a huge part of the success that this team hopes to have in 2016.
While all of those goals are incredibly important to the playoff aspirations of the 2016 Dallas Cowboys they all pale in comparison to the number one priority of this team going forward:
Keeping Tony Romo healthy.
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As evidenced by the disaster that turned out to be the 2015 season Tony Romo‘s health is paramount to the success of the team. Romo proved that he could still find mismatches in the passing game with Bryant sidelined and we saw that the running game could still have success in the absence of a passing attack. Therefore the missing ingredient to a potent offense wasn’t a lack of run game or the absence of a true number one wide receiver but instead, Romo.
This offense, and this team, lives and dies on the shoulders of number 9. With a healthy Romo the NFC East is Dallas’ division to lose. As long as Tony is lining up under center this Cowboys team will have a chance in every game they play.
While there are other aspects of the team that will need to be ironed out before the season begins, it is imperative that the team approaches offseason activities with only one goal in mind and that is keeping Romo healthy. If that means holding Tony back from practices or monitoring his workload then those steps need to be taken. However the team can most efficiently protect Romo as the offseason program continues to progress is the route that they need to take.
Yes, there are important side stories that matter in order for the team to come out on the winning side of some of these games, but the only goal that should matter right now is keeping Romo healthy. So as we get into the heart of this offseason keep an eye on good old number 9 and remember the only goal worth having right now is an upright Tony.
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