On Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys fans had quite the bit of news to digest from the organization. Although the team is on a bye week, there has been no shortage of headlines coming out of “The Star” in Frisco. The team lost off-season additions Stephen Paea and Nolan Carroll due to various reasons. After losing three of their last four games, the team is facing a crossroads of sorts. Despite all the negativity around the season to date, here are some reasons why the Cowboys can overcome their inauspicious start.
Although it seems cliché, veteran leadership can really help in situations like the Cowboys are in. Veterans like Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick can relate to the situation the Cowboys are facing. These payers have had the first-hand experience of starting slow following a promising season the year before. While this is a new group of players, the same challenges plague these Dallas Cowboys. Relying on the team’s leaders to overcome complacency and adversity will be critical the rest of the season.
Improved O-Line Play:
The team has built the strength of the roster around the offensive line. The Dallas Cowboys have allocated premium resources to constructing one of the top offensive lines in football. However, the line hasn’t been as dominant as it had been in recent seasons. After losing veterans Ron Leary (free agency) and Doug Free (retirement), the team has relied on internal players to replenish the depth chart. However, the line has taken a step back.
There have been several instances this season where the offensive line of Dallas has gotten completely blown off the ball. Failing to control the line of scrimmage has put the team in precarious down and distance situations. As a result, the team has not been able to establish the dominant running game and efficient passing attack that was seen from the club last year. During the bye week, the focus should be on improving the offensive line’s technique and chemistry to get back to playing “Cowboys” football.
Dallas Cowboys Say Good-Bye:
As the team takes the week off to regroup and rally for the rest of the season, several questions remain. The team let go of two veteran defenders on Wednesday, and is coming off back-to-back home losses where the team blew double-digit leads. Faced with a long week of criticism, the team has a couple of keys to getting back on track. By relying on the veterans of the team, the organization can use prior year’s disappointments to stave off another disappointing campaign. Furthermore, the team can re-establish their style of play by improving the consistency and technique of the offensive line. Doing so can help the team get back in the NFC East race and will result in a good bye week.
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