The Potential of the 2014 Dallas Cowboys
After an historically bad defense during the 2013 season and a frustrating 8-8 record, this years version of the Dallas Cowboys remains equally difficult to gauge.
Well, after being asked by my son, Ryan Bush, what I thought about the Cowboys prior to the start of the 2012 season, I had to admit for the first time that I couldn’t read the team. And I said the same for last years’ version.
The reason is simple. Jerry Jones is so involved with the personnel of the team that they have taken on the characteristics of their Owner and General Manager more than any other person, including the Head Coach, Jason Garrett. And reading Jerry Jones is practically impossible!
So, I find myself in the same predicament this year with an added concern. I believe this team could be on the verge of a collapse, an unexpected, unforeseen collapse that Jerry Jones is not prepared to deal with in any other way except utilizing his coaching guillotine. And at this time, this organization needs time to gel, not further upheaval.
With that said, I’m looking at 8-8 for the 4th year in a row.
The only reason that my outlook is so positive is:
- Tony Romo.
- A potentially potent, potentially balanced offense.
If Tony Romo becomes injured and must sit out games, I believe their chances at a positive record are immediately dashed.
If Romo stays injury free and the offense consistently scores according to its potential and games are managed more conservatively with their effective run game, the Cowboys have a shot to make the Playoffs. Remember, the NFC East is currently one of the weakest divisions in the NFL.
On the other hand, their defense renders their chance at a 5-11 record within the realm of possibility. At this point, they have the realistic potential to be worse than last year’s historic low. In fact, some are predicting exactly that.
Furthermore, the Cowboys schedule is not easy. It is possible that the season could be doomed fairly early on. With Garrett not even under contract for next season, one has to wonder if Jones would fire Garrett in mid-season as he did with Wade Phillips.
So, I am left to predict an 8-8 record, admittedly optimistic and for one simply reason. I have no clue about this team!