Many will view this as a "rose-colored glasses" thread and that's fine. I'm not going to sit here and say that Dallas doesn't have its warts (like a majority of teams in this league). The Cowboys have work to do. However, I just shake my head when I read things about how Dallas sucks, isn't competitive, etc. Despite having half of their defense injured last year, Dallas was 8-8. They played for the division championship the final game of the season despite have guys off the street playing on D, a poor OL, and a non-existent running game. Dallas will lose no significant players in FA. They will likely improve some weaknesses through the draft and even FA after this initial wave of signings is complete. There will likely be plenty of solid vets available at reasonable prices in the coming months. Just returning last year's squad with a healthier defense will make for a more competitive team IMO. Even with a poor OL and decimated defense last year, Dallas was certainly competitive. This is the era of parity. Teams like last year's Ravens (and 2007 and 2011's Giants) won SBs despite being just above average teams. Even the ordinary 2008 Cardinals were a play away from winning a SB. The Packers in 2010 wouldn't have even made the playoffs if it wasn't for the crazy Desean Jackson punt return against the Giants. The list of "good but not great" teams winning or competing for recent SBs is not a short one. No matter how "great" people think the Niners and Seahawks are, there simply are no great teams anymore. Despite the constant cries of "We have been terrible since 1996!", it is simply not true. Although the Cowboys have had their ups and downs in recent years, they have been mostly competitive since 2006. Over the past 7 years Dallas has had a couple of division titles, a few playoff appearances, a playoff victory, a couple of close playoff losses, and a couple of years when it came down to the final game of the season to determine the division champ. WE ALL want more success than that, but teams that suck (or are not competitive) do not accomplish the things I've just listed. This team has NOT gotten over the hump and the window is closing for a few of its stars, but a good draft and a couple of solid signings, as well as the development/improved health of some young players, could easily have this team contending this year and next. Our drafting has improved in recent years and this year's draft is deep where we have needs. We are strong at the skill positions but need to fortify the trenches and the safety position this offseason. Will the team be without weaknesses this season? No. However, the good news is that NO TEAM will be without weaknesses in this modern era of football. We have been a competitive team in recent years (from 2005-2012 Dallas has had one losing season - 2010 when they lost their QB and fired the HC). I'm not glorifying Dallas' success over the past 6 or 7 years, this team should have accomplished more IMO. However, what Dallas did in 2000-2002 for example has nothing to do with what this team has been in recent years or what potential they have for this coming season. Things may not look so great right now but, IMO, thing are not nearly as bad as many here believe.