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Before Cowboys fans start making the trip up I-35 to burn my house down, please read the following paragraphs.
The Cowboys have enough talent to be one of the top offenses in the NFL, but so much of that talent is wrapped up in potential waiting to be realized that they are a serious gamble to either break out or bust offensively.
Tony Romo is great, you'll hear no complaints from me on his play. In fact, there were many times Romo was the best QB in the NFC East last year. What Romo needs is consistent help around him. That's where the "potential" comes into play.
At running back, Dallas is relying on Felix Jones—who failed the team's conditioning test—and DeMarco Murray, who has struggled with injuries dating back to his days at Oklahoma. Murray can be good, but he's fragile, and that alone has to scare logical fans.
The skill players can be good, but Dez Bryant's head seems to be everywhere but on the game of football. Miles Austin can be a productive player, but he can't consistently beat double-teams, and that's what he'll see if Bryant isn't focused (or suspended).
Without a No. 3 option due to Laurent Robinson's departure to Jacksonville, the outside receivers will see more aggressive play and double-teams. Jason Witten isn't the answer he used to be at splitting the seam, either, so while he'll help in this regard, Witten is much more of an intermediate threat these days.
We haven't even talked about the offensive line, which has one quality starter (Tyron Smith) and four question marks. There are two new guards, neither of which was spectacular in 2011, and an aging right tackle who just changed positions.
Feeling good about your offense now? While there is reason for optimism, a more realistic viewpoint on the Cowboys offense is sobering.