The Dallas Cowboys are standing on the brink of what could prove to be one of the most important seasons in team history. Less than 24 hours before their season opener against the Cleveland Browns, and one has to think that everyone associated with the Cowboys has to be anxious and ready to take the field Sunday afternoon to embark on what will feel like the longest season in team history.
Last season the Cowboys went 13-3 won the division but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Giants. Patrick Crayton is still trying to forget his dropped pass. Roy Williams changed his jersey number in hopes of forgetting his less than stellar performance in coverage. The season was considered a failure, and Romo was ridiculed by any and everyone.
The good thing about football is even when you have a disaster season there is always another one coming around the corner. And for the Dallas Cowboys that new season is here, and the pressure is mounting. The Cowboys added Adam Jones to their lineup to sure up what had been a shaky secondary. Tank Johnson is back in game shape and looks to be a beast in the middle of their aggressive 3-4 scheme. Texas native Zach Thomas is now a Cowboy and adds veteran leadership to the defense. On offense it is Marion Barber’s time to shine. He is the starting back and is expected to punish opposing teams. The lightning to his thunder will be rookie Felix Jones, whose biggest problem this season may be how the Cowboys can get him more touches. Mr. Romo and T.O. are also back and have in Owens case he is not getting any younger.
All the stars are aligned in Big D. The talent is there without a question. Last season the Cowboys had 13 Pro-Bowlers, and they could eclipse that number this season. Everyone believes this team can go to the Super Bowl. As a result the regular season is almost an after thought. However, before they can even think Super Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys must take the first step on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
There is no doubt that as the Cowboys begin their march through the regular season, there theme should be focus. Focus on the job at hand that means the team they are playing on Sunday. They cannot allow themselves to look ahead. Focus on the job that is at hand and once they make the playoffs they can change their theme to completion.