The Dallas Cowboys - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
The 2014 Dallas Cowboys team roster could be likened to Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. The disparity on the offensive side of the ball compared to the defensive side of the ball is like night and day. On the offensive side of the ball the Dallas cowboys are loaded with talent lead by their quarterback Tony Romo . The Cowboys are solid at the quarterback position with the electrifying play making ability of Romo as well as a solid serviceable veteran back up in Kyle Orton proceeded by a young development project better known as Brandon Weeden. In the 2013 Season the Dallas Cowboys improved its offensive line play tremendously from the 2012 season. With the 16th pick of the 2014 NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Zack Martin of Notre Dame. Martin is an upgrade who played in a pro style offense in college and is projected to be a starter at the right guard position. Buy Dallas Cowboys tickets online today and save big bucks!
The Dallas Cowboys line which improved to 9th in pass blocking anchored by Tyron Smith and improved to 2nd in run blocking due in large part to Center Travis Frederick. Dallas Cowboys coaches have high expectations from the Offensive line with the addition of Zack Martin and continuity in the trenches the Cowboys OL were 24th in the league in mental mistakes, i.e. penalties.
The wide receiving corp. for the Dallas Cowboys is another strength of this team lead by Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant. Dez grabbed 93 balls for 1,223 yards totaling 13 touchdowns. The Dallas Cowboys released Miles Austin but the roster is deep at the WR position. Opposite Dez should be speedster Terrance Williams who has the ability to stretch the field and blow by defenders on any given play. The Progression of Cole Beasley as a sure handed receiver in the slot and Jason Garret's ability to use the diverseness of Dwayne Harris ability to make defenders miss makes the 2014 Dallas Cowboys wide receiving corp. a defensive coordinators nightmare. The Dallas Cowboys also traded up in the draft to give Tony Romo another weapon on offense in Devin Streets the six foot three WR from Pitt.
The tight end position of the Cowboys is anchored by Jason Witten who at age 32 caught 8 touchdown passes and seems to still be one of Tony Romo's favorite targets in the red zone. Witten also accounted for 851 yards in the Dallas cowboys passing game last year. Gavin Escobar is currently injured and James Hanna has been productive when give the opportunity.
The Dallas Cowboys offense running game improved tremendously with the improvement of the offensive line play. De Marco Murray is a legitimate threat to score every time that he touches the ball. Murray's explosiveness in both the running and the passing game can leave defensive coordinators scratching their heads but his ability to stay healthy has been an issue. Dunbar and Randle have not showed the same game changing abilities in the running when Murray has been unable to go.
Offensive sells tickets and Defense wins champion ships. The Dallas Cowboys were horrendous on the defensive side of the ball. To be quite frank they were just plain awful on that side of the ball and there were a lot of holes to fill on that side of the ball.
The Dallas Cowboys defense looked lost at times when they switched to Monte Kiffins 4-3 scheme as opposed to the 3-4 scheme they had ran for so many years successfully and if that was not enough the Dallas Cowboys defense was stricken with injuries all season long.
The Dallas Cowboys used most of their draft to address NEEDS on the defensive side of the ball. The Dallas Cowboys had nine draft picks and they used seven of those nine draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. The Dallas Cowboys season is relying heavily on the development of these young draft picks. The focus of the draft was on the defensive line and the secondary to improve a defense that finished at the very bottom of the league in total defense. They also finished 27th in rushing and 28th in pass defense. The cowboys couldn’t get any pressure on the ball last year Defensive end George Selvie was a shining star in a rather dismal defense recording seven sacks. The free agent acquisitions of Terrell McClain is expected to provide production and depth to the DT position .Journeyman Jeremy Mincey may not put up double digit sacks but he will make an impact on the opposing offense game plan along with Kyle Wilbur who should be backing up.
The Dallas Cowboys linebacking corp will basically be on the job training. In the draft the Dallas Cowboys Drafted two linebackers in Will Smith of Texas Tech who will compete with Orie Lemon for the MLB position and Anthony Hitchens who should be in the depth chart behind Bruce Carter who has more tackles with 96 than the other 10 LB on the Roster combined. This will be another weak spot on the Dallas Cowboys defense.
The secondary may be the Achilles heel of the Dallas cowboys once again. Brandon Carr who boasted three interceptions last year but gave up more than 300 yards to Calvin Johnson in one game & Morris Claiborne who has been a bust so far since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. This team is the football version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.