2010 NFL Preview: Dallas Cowboys
The AFC East teams are complete, and we are halfway on our 32-team tour of the NFL. We begin the second half in the NFC East and take a look at the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Dallas Cowboys accomplished a lot of ground in 2009. The finally won games in December. They won their first playoff game since 1996, and rebounded from a 2008 season where they were the favorites and ultimately collapsed. This year, Dallas is once again loaded with talent, and have what it takes to be the first host team to play in the Super Bowl.
But it would not be the Dallas Cowboys if there was no drama, and there has been a lot already in the first few weeks of training camp. Can the locker room distractions stay in the locker room and off the field? If Dallas can maintain composure on the field, and keep the turmoil off the field to a minimum, you can easily put them in the talk of being NFC, and possibly Super Bowl champions. With that said, Technorati goes inside the Dallas Cowboys.
- 2009 Record: (11-5, 1st NFC East, Reached Playoffs (Divisional Round))
- Key Additions: T Alex Barron (St. Louis Rams)
- Key Departures: T Flozell Adams (Pittsburgh Steelers), G Cory Procter (Miami Dolphins), C Duke Preston (retirement), ILB Bobby Carpenter (St. Louis Rams), S Ken Hamlin (Baltimore Ravens), K Shaun Suisham (St. Louis Rams).
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Offense: Tony Romo has done a great job progressing as the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback. Last season he threw for 4,483 yards and 26 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He found a new number one target in Miles Austin (see below), and there is no reason that his numbers should be around the same level. Romo has improved in his accuracy, and his strength, and he would have better number had Roy Williams caught passes. Nonetheless, the main thing about Romo's growth was his ability to come through in the final stage of the season, going 3-1 and throwing six touchdowns and two interceptions. He will be key to the Cowboys' success. Jon Kitna is a viable backup, and has had a pair of 4000+ yards seasons throwing in Detroit. However, he's not the caliber of Romo.