Give Me Some Positives Going into Next Year

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by CowboyMcCoy, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    What do you believe gives us a chance next year to maybe win the division, make the playoffs or make a run for the Super Bowl?

    Calling all optimists and anyone else who sees positives for next year, even though we haven't drafted yet.
  2. Bowdown27

    Bowdown27 Well-Known Member

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    Sean lee. I can't wait to see what he can do in kiffin and marinelli defense
  3. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Well, yeah, Sean Lee and Carter on on my list. So are Harris and Bryant.
  4. LatinMind

    LatinMind iPhotoshop

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    All you have to do is look at IR list for 2012
  5. GimmeTheBall!

    GimmeTheBall! Junior College Transfer

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    I will bite.

    IF, Mr. Need for Optimism, we do not make further FA moves, we go 7-9 next season. Remember, last year we won at least 2 games through dumb luck. And, yes, we let one or two get away from us. So last year's 8-8 was pretty indicative of our talent.

    But something we have to look foward to next year is a new coaching staff (key jobs) and the team will be on notice to produce or else.

    1. A healthy Lee and Ware
    2. A better play calling process if Red gives up his duties.
    3. A re-energized Romo whose last game still leaves him and us with a sour taste.
    4. Our receiving corps that is not bad: Witten, Dez and Austin.
    5. I also see a more consistent kickoff return game.
    6. The O line has no where to go but to improve. There will be improvements, or there will be blood.

    I do espect a more focused approach and incremental improvements leading to a playoff appearance by 2014. I see Romo taking us deep into the playoffs in 2014 because that will be his last year until the AARP contacts him about a membership.

    I hope I gave you something to gnaw on CowboyMcCoy.
  6. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully Kiffin/Marinelli can finally cure the turnover anemic defense and get a high number of interceptions and fumbles.

    AMERICAS_FAN Active Member

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    Garrett has amassed a pretty imprressive coaching staff.

    Drafts under Garret's watch have been awesoe, unlike past years.

    Garret has cleared out the dead weight players from failed past drafts and free agency before his time as head coach.

    Even with an ungodly amount of injuries the team finished 8-8 when any other NFL roster with that kind of injury bug would've struggled to win 4 games.

    Tony Romo is a top 10 to top-5 QB (I'm not sorry if that blew up the heads of the ignorant), and you can't win without a QB of his calliber.

    Garrett did away with that gimmick 3-4 read-and react nonsesne and assembed an impressive defensive staff that will bring in an attacking 4-3 scheme.

    Ware and Spencer - who Garrett retained - will make for DE bookends that will make opponents' heads spin.

    The team continues to get younger and younger, and the focus now will be on buiding further with another succesfull drafdt -- as opposed to wasting time in a poor free agency class.

    I could list more but I have a train to catch.
  8. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    1) A defensive coordinator (and top assistant) who has had multiple top-10 defenses and great success with his scheme on this level.

    2) The return of multiple injured starters (stars) on defense: Lee, Carter, Ratliff, Church, Ware (who was limited by his injuries). Having Lee and Carter back together after Carter reached the next gear in his development is especially exciting.

    3) Starting the season with the Dez we saw the second half of the season. Also, finally finding a third receiver and return man in Harris to round out the receiving corps. (I'm also interested in the second-year development of Beasley and Coale.)

    4) An offensive line that showed some improvement the more it played together, and will have a better center (Costa is better than Cook). It might not be what we want, but it still should be better than what we saw at the beginning of last year when many of the starters had not played together, the offensive tackles were adjusting to switching sides, etc.

    5) The probability of Romo playing at a higher level after having an "off year" last year, particularly during the first half of the season.

    6) Building our running game behind a hopefully healthy Murray, who will have another season to mesh with Vickers. Vickers has been a much better lead blocker than he was last year, and I expect him to return to form with a better comfort level in this offense.

    7) Claiborne likely taking a step forward his second season, which gives Dallas two solid starting corners for this scheme.

    Obviously, success is contingent on a lot of things for Dallas, but you can say that about most teams. Losing so many defensive starters (and a few top backups) like it did last year is just difficult to overcome.
  9. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Indeed yew did, Gimme. I agree with the things you listed.
  10. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Augmented. Zone Supporter

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    Sean Lee.

    Dez Bryant.

    Bruce Carter.

    Morris Claiborne.

    Tyron Smith.

    We're either going to see the young core of this team rise up and look to carry us brightly into the next decade or we will become the new Browns.
  11. CopenhagenCowboy

    CopenhagenCowboy Well-Known Member

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    The Marinelli hire, more than anything.

    Watching Dez, Tyron, Carter and Claiborne will be fun. Hopefully they all take a step forward.
  12. IAmLegend

    IAmLegend Well-Known Member

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    Worst case scenario, we suck and get a high draft pick, and draft Teddy Bridgewater or another highly touted QB. That's something, eh?
  13. danielofthesaints

    danielofthesaints Well-Known Member

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    Expect. E-x-p-e-c-t. You learned something new today.
  14. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    Here are my optomistic thoughts on the 2103 Dallas Cowboys:

    * We restructure Romo/Spencer freeing up enough money to sign either Winston or ASmith at RT
    * We draft Cooper/Warmack/Fluker in round #1
    - the offense will flourish as we not only have a new look and increased talent, but our back-ups immediately will be better
    Starters: Winston, Livings, Costa, Rokkie OG, TSmith
    Back-ups are guys that mostly started last year and now would be there if needed
    * Our offense could be one of the better ones in the league if healthy

    * New coaching staff WILL be better for this team
    * We have two dynamic LBs and two dynamic CBs on the team
    * We have a dominant pass rusher
    * with health, this defense should click on all cylinders - this assumes our safeties are healthy as well
    * Top 10 if not top 5 defense after they get acclimated to the new system

    Thus, a very stong offense and a very strong defense...add them together and you get a playoff run
  15. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    so Gimme, when the Giants and 7-9 did the NFL take away their SB win?
  16. kelc

    kelc Member

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    That's how the Superbowl run started in the 90's, with Troy.
  17. the_h0wey

    the_h0wey Well-Known Member

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    There is little to no chance that we will be as injured as we were last year. *crosses fingers and knocks on wood*
  18. XxTDxX

    XxTDxX Well-Known Member

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    Players 26 and under we know can play at a high level as starters:

    (These are guys that have already established themselves in the league as above average at their respective positions)

    Dez Bryant
    Sean Lee
    Brandon Carr
    Bruce Carter
    Tyron Smith
    Dan Bailey
    Morris Claiborne
    Demarco Murray

    Players 26 and under we know can contribute and potentially more:

    (These are guys who have proven they can contribute as rotation players and possibly start in the near future)

    Barry Church
    Dwayne Harris
    Tyrone Crawford
    James Hanna
    Sean Lissemore
    Orlando Scandrick

    Players 26 and under who could surprise us:

    (These are some guys who have some talent and could either be bench players/special teamers forever or possibly develop into good players)

    * Next to players I expect to contribute this year

    Sterling Moore *
    Cole Beasley *
    Danny Coale
    Alex Albright *
    Phil Costa *
    Lance Dunbar
    Matt Johnson *
    Ronald Leary
    Jeremy Parnell
    Brian Price *
    Darrion Weems
    Kyle Wilber

    If even 1 of the players from the last list develops that would give us 15 young guys who we can keep developing for years to come
  19. JohnsKey19

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    The defense can be pretty good with the coaching additions and the many key players returning from injury. You also have to assume we're going to add a talented Safety very early(1st-2nd) in the draft.
  20. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Well, I'm still alive so that's a positive.

    We have some players who can give us a high level of play. Our holes are recognized and can be partially addressed this year. If we get some reasonable health we should be competitive with a little luck. We have the proper skill players.

    We have enough holes to be disturbing. We have a relative lack of depth although its getting better. We have some relative cap restraints.

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