Dallas Cowboys: Roger Staubach's Playoff Endorsement Is Encouraging

Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 25, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Roger Staubach, former NFL quarterback, speaks to members of the media at a press conference where the new Super Bowl logo is unvieled at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 4, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Roger Staubach is one of the greatest players in the storied history of the Dallas Cowboys, and he believes Dallas is a playoff team. Endorsements don’t get much better than that.

While Staubach's statements about the Cowboys often need to be tempered due to his steadfast loyalty and love to the franchise, he still knows talent when he sees it. (via ESPN Dallas)

“I say it’s either going to be 10-6 or 11-5,” Staubach said after Thursday’s practice at Cowboys Stadium. “That’s not bad. That gets you in the playoffs ... If you stay healthy and get people healthy at the end of the year, Dallas will be in the hunt.”

“They have a great quarterback. I think Jason (Garrett) is growing to be a heckuva coach. Last year we were hurting in the secondary and I think hopefully we’ve solved some problems there. Keep the run game healthy. Make sure the wide receivers, Miles, he’s got to stay healthy, and Dez, on paper if we keep people healthy, we’ll be in thick of it.”

He does stress that health is of the utmost importance to this squad because they lack substantial depth at key positions.

Receiver is up in the air if Bryant and Ausitn get injured. If DeMarco Murray comes up lame sometime in the season, there isn't much behind him to put a scare into opposing defenses, and the o-line has about as much in the way of backups as a 2A high school team.

But still, Staubach's words are encouraging.

He believes there is enough talent for this iteration of the Cowboys to make the playoffs, and at 10-6 or 11-5, Dallas would be in an excellent position to take the NFC East.

However, perhaps the most encouraging sign is his complementary words about the signal caller. Staubach says "they have a great quarterback," and I'm pretty sure he's not referring to Stephen McGee.

Tony Romo's skills and ability to perform in the clutch have consistently been in question, and this complement from one of the most decorated QBs in history says a lot about Romo.

If Staubach thinks Romo is great, then it's a pretty strong statement. The guy pretty much defined the word in the '70s.

While these words are from a Cowboy lifer, it is still a bright prediction from one of the most respected names in the NFL.

It means nothing until this team gets on the field and starts putting up wins, but endorsement's like these should boost Dallas' confidence heading into the season.