Dallas Cowboys 2012 Schedule
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Felix Jones was much talked about in the preseason, as possibly being ready for a breakout season, but in the end, he continued to have injury problems, and rookie DeMarco Murray emerged, and took over the starting role. While Murray finished his season early with an injury in his own right, he clearly showed that he can be a play maker in this offense, and as long as the Cowboys offensive line can give him space, he will continue to be a rising star at his position.
With Murray, the Cowboys have a more balanced offense, and this should be a key to their success if they happen to make the playoffs this year. Tony Romo is a solid quarterback, but I would like to see Dez Bryant take another step in his development with Laurent Robinson gone to the Jaguars, this off-season.
Bryant clearly has the skill set to be a top five receiver in the league, but in order for that to happen, he needs to improve his route running. Romo is good at throwing a receiver open, and if Bryant is ready, this could be a big season for the third-year receiver.
Getting It Done On The Back-end
I have no doubts that the Cowboys will be a very strong team up front, and Rob Ryan’s deceptive scheme should continue to create pressure, but what happens in the backfield will be a key for the Cowboys chances of winning the division. Linebacker Sean Lee has proven to be a valuable player in pass protection and the addition of Brandon Carr should be a plus, especially in man coverage.
Hopefully, the Cowboys can land safety Mark Barron this week, because no matter how Ryan tired to re-shuffle personnel last year; he couldn’t fix a secondary that didn’t have the talent to stop respectable passing games — especially when Lee was out of the game(s).