"It’s hard to put together a team in the salary-cap
NFL era that excels at everything. So in order to even begin to achieve
success, you’ve got to be really good at one thing. The Cowboys are
counting on that being their offense in 2014, starting with the men up
Last year, the Cowboys were the only team
in the NFC East to rank in the top 10 in yards per rushing attempt
(eighth) and fewest sacks allowed (seventh). If Martin plays as
effectively right away as center Travis Frederick, taken much later in
the first round, did a year ago, this should be a superior line.
biggest thing toward understanding opportunity for Dallas is simply
recognizing the task at hand. We’re not talking about going to Glendale,
Ariz., next February for the Super Bowl. We’re talking about winning
the NFC East.
Over the last four years, this has
been the most winnable division in football. Only two 10-win teams won
divisions last year. The Eagles were one of them. Only two 10-win teams
won divisions in 2012. The Redskins were one of them.
2011, the Giants captured their third Lombardi Trophy after beating the
Cowboys on the final night of the regular season to get to 9-7.
The NFC East has not produced a team with one of the league’s top eight records since 2010. It is highly winnable. For everyone.
Eagles won it last year despite the perceived handicaps of a rookie
head coach, a midseason quarterback change and a potentially divisive
racial situation in the locker room. The Redskins won the East in 2012
with rookies at quarterback and running back after a 3-6 start.
And you want to eliminate the Cowboys because they lost a linebacker?