Every prognosticator from here to Hawaii will tell you the key to the Cowboys' success is Tony Romo or DeMarcus Ware or Jason Garrett or Rob Ryan, but they are all wrong. Honestly, while players like Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware are of vital importance, they are not the key.
Does anyone really think Tony Romo or DeMarcus Ware will not be their Pro Bowl selves on the field this season? I certainly expect them to play at their normally high level all year as they have for their entire careers.
Does anyone think Jason Garrett or Rob Ryan will just phone it in and not really game plan for an opponent? I don’t think so.
Instead, the guys I have zeroed in on that will likely control whether the Cowboys have a playoff year or not are Kyle Orton, Kevin Ogletree, John Phillips, Dan Connor and Orlando Scandrick.