There's no other way to say it: The Dallas Cowboys underperformed in 2011. More than a couple players who were reasons for playoff hopes became frustrating headaches during the regular season.
With 2011 marking yet another disappointing season for Dallas, the Cowboys will need to finally play as good as they've looked on paper the past few years. The offseason has been a productive one, with several position upgrades made through free agency and the NFL Draft. Now it's time to turn that impressive offseason into a playoff-bound season.
If the Cowboys are going to come out on top of the ever-difficult NFC East and make noise in the playoffs, they're going to need these five players to bring their best all season long.