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Patience is running thin in Dallas with Tony Romo
The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2011 season with a record of 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the straight year. When head coach Jason Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season, I felt that he would turn around the fortunes of the Cowboys.
It didn't happen in 2011 and there is substantial question whether the Cowboys have enough talent to make the playoffs this coming season. A lot of the problems stem from owner Jerry Jones and his insistence on making personnel moves, as opposed to having a true GM run the football operation.
The Cowboys focused on defense with their first four picks in the NFL draft. Defensive back Morris Claiborne was excellent as the sixth overall selection, but the rest of the Cowboys' draft was unexciting.
Dallas did make some good offseason free-agent acquisitions by signing cornerback Brandon Carr, linebacker Dan Connor, quarterback Kyle Orton and fullback Lawrence Vickers. Whether these signings are enough to get Dallas back to the playoffs remains to be seen.
The NFC East looks to be a very tough division, as the reigning Super Bowl champion, the New York Giants, head the group. The Eagles and Redskins have also improved, so it will be a tough task for Dallas.
The key, as with most teams, will be quarterback play. Can Tony Romo recapture the magic he had early in his career and lead the Cowboys back into relevance?
My best guess is that Dallas will continue to struggle and so will Romo.