With the new NFL season perhaps just five weeks away it is time to look at how the Dallas Cowboys could fare in this upcoming season.
As is normal with America’s team, the offseason is never without distraction and this offseason proved no different. With the main talking point being Dak Prescott’s contract situation, something that should have been signed, sealed and delivered over a year ago. Instead, Prescott will play under his franchise tender this season in a bid to get a new long-term deal done next year. In reality, if Dak is going to be a Cowboy for life one thing surely must happen in the next two years, bring a Super Bowl to Dallas, if not then the writing will be on the wall for Prescott and in truth if Jerry and Stephen Jones have not seen enough of Dak already to justify giving him a huge bumper deal, then they most likely never will.
Prescott’s stats are credible, to say the least. He has played 64 games under center, winning 40 of them, has an average QB rating of 97.0, has 97 TD to 36 INT which a good ratio by anyone’s measurement. Along with that his 21 rushing TD’s and 14 game-winning drives Dak can do it all and unfortunately with his new deal not getting done it is just another distraction for Dallas to deal with this season.
Looking through the Cowboys schedule they have many winnable games and seeing them go 12-4 would not be a stretch. Having a more offensive-minded head coach in ex-Green Bay Packer Mike McCarthy to lead an already potent offense could become even more so with the addition of their pick 17 from last years draft in Ceedee Lamb who many think is Randall Cobb’s replacement along with their other two stud receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup not to mention Zeke Elliott. It is easy to think that Dallas will simply put up points at will be like games last season, but they did not as their Achilles heel at times was their defence as well.
Dallas have lost sack machine Robert Quinn and corner Byron Jones among others; although they have added some depth including defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe and Aldon Smith who may partner other defensive end Demarcus Lawrence along with safety Ha ha Clinton Dix and young draftee Trevon Diggs the Cowboys defence could be a little better than most think. There has also been several new defensive coaching changes with Mike Nolan coming in as new defensive co-ordinator and Jim Tomsula as the new defensive line coach, this could be a very different looking Dallas Cowboys compared to previous years so don’t sleep on this defensive unit just yet.
Adding a new kicker in Greg Zuerlein will surely help their kicking game as the Cowboys missed too many last season and that set them back numerous times in critical situations last season.
It seems everything is set up nicely for Dallas, aside from Dak’s contract to have a good run at the playoffs this season, and with a new head coach being a breath of fresh air to the franchise could this be the year Dak takes them all the way? He is a franchise quarterback no question about it, but the time is now for America’s team to really have a genuine crack at bringing a Lombardi Trophy back to Dallas. Are Mick McCarthy and Dak Prescott the two to make it happen? Time will tell.