The hype train is officially rolling for the Dallas Cowboys. Do you have a ticket?
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys fielded the top offense when it comes to total yardage, averaging 431.5 yards per game. The Cowboys possessed the second-highest rated passing offense and the NFL’s fifth-best rushing attack.
Yet, the Cowboys failed to win critical games and ended the season with a depressing .500 record at 8-8. Why? Clearly, the Dallas’ brass believed they knew the answer. Not only did the team part ways with longtime head coach Jason Garrett, but they also replaced the majority of the defensive coaching staff.
While new head coach Mike McCarthy also made several offensive coaching changes, he elected to keep offensive coordinator Kellen Moore in place and shifted Doug Nussmeier from tight ends coach to quarterback coach.
Keeping Moore on the staff should help maintain the high-level of offensive play for 2020. Adding McCarthy’s 26-years of NFL coaching experience, including a Super Bowl win, to the mix is expected to only help that offensive effort in Dallas.
Now, throw in the fact the Cowboys used their 2020 first-round selection on Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, giving the team three legitimate threats at the position. The trio of Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup likely give America’s Team the best receiving corps in the entire league.
This upcoming season could be a pure fireworks show for fans as this explosive offense, that averaged 27.1 points per game in 2019, is set to put up even bigger numbers. Here’s what NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks recently wrote about the Cowboys’ offense that should excite fans about the potential of the 2020 season.
“Considering Prescott’s precision down the field (a dive into the Next Gen Stats suggests No. 4 was the NFL’s best deep-ball passer last season), the trio [of receivers] could produce more big plays and fuel an offense that’s even more dynamic and explosive in 2020. And this is the club that led the NFL in total yardage a season ago. Add Lamb to the mix, and America’s Team could be downright scary this season.”
While all the pieces appear to be in place for the Cowboys to make a serious run for the playoffs this season, there are a few offensive obstacles for them to overcome. Dallas did lose All-Pro center Travis Frederick to retirement and future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten to free agency this offseason.
At center, Joe Looney, Connor McGovern, and rookie Tyler Biadasz figure to battle it out in the coming weeks to take Frederick’s place. Looney is the likely favorite to do so due to his experience and the fact he started 16 games for Dallas back in 2018 at the same position.
As for tight end, Blake Jarwin has already been anointed as Witten’s successor in Dallas. Entering his fourth season, Jarwin should be able to put up similar if not better numbers than the now 38-year old legend he’s replacing.
Fans of the Dallas Cowboys have to be thrilled that so many analysts like Bucky Brooks are predicting great things for this offense. And while most are more worried about the win/loss column, it should be really fun just watching this downright scary offense perform in 2020.