The Dallas Cowboys are talking Super Bowl. “I think it’s great for your team,” said Wade Phillips, head coach of the Cowboys. “It puts their focus right now on what is expected.”
However, the Cowboys have NFC competition in their quest for a Super Bowl appearance. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, are legitimate threats to contest the Cowboys.
In preseason; though, the Cowboys look very good on paper.
Tony Romo ranks among the best quarterbacks in the league. His 30th birthday was in April, and he’s in his prime. Under his leadership in 2009 the Cowboys had an 11-5 record in the regular season, losing to the Minnesota Vikings in division playoffs. Romo’s 2009 stats were impressive as he threw for almost 4500 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He finished the season with a quarterback rating of 96.
In 2010, he’s expected to put the Cowboys on his back, and carry them to the big game.
Dez Bryant, the rookie sensation from Oklahoma State signed his contract, and is ready to learn. He comes with high expectations, and the Cowboys expect him to push Roy Williams for a starting position. The Cowboys put a stamp on their expectations for Bryant, when general manager and owner Jerry Jones presented him jersey #88 to wear. That number has a legacy behind it, because #88 once belonged to Drew Pearson, and Hall of Famer Michael Irving.
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The article, “Scouts Eye” said outside linebacker Victor Butler was on Coach Phillips list last year, because of his lack of consistency. However, this year Phillips is praising Butler’s progress. Phillips said that Butler is playing better than any of the other linebackers.
Offensive lineman Mark Columbo’s knee injury was a blow to the Cowboys. Columbo seemed on the verge of coming to grips with technique issues he’s been struggling with, and the time away from the practice field is an unfortunate circumstance.
Cornerback Bryon McMann is gaining confidence in his play. He’s taken the aggressiveness that made him a special teams player to his position. That, along with his quickness is paying dividends in his learning curve.
The Cowboy’s summary is short and sweet. They have youth, veteran leadership and the skill a Super Bowl contender needs. They should be a fun team to watch.
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