Mapping out the Blueprint for a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Run in 2013-2014

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Mapping out the Blueprint for a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Run in 2013-2014
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One man can't run the league, the other can't run his team

The Dallas Cowboys will not be participating in the 2013 Super Bowl. To most fans this should not be much of a startling revelation considering the Cowboys have been no better than a .500 team over the last 17 years. To Jerry Jones, the Cowboys' 31-29 loss to the Ravens might be considered proof that his team is close to being a contender.

That's what he thought the year before after losing the division to the Giants in the season finale, right? How did that work out? Yeah, another 8-8 season and more questions than answers.

Now the Cowboys head into the 2013 offseason with a lot to prove and what continues to be a recurring theme for this franchise. Jason Garrett survived Jerry's wrath, but Rob Ryan and a few other coaches were shown the door or encouraged to leave through it.

Monte Kiffin has now arrived in Dallas to unveil his 4-3 defense along with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. All signs are pointing to Bill Callahan calling plays in 2013 and that leaves Garrett in a peculiar position. Is he a lame duck? Will being a walk-around coach enable him to manage the game better? Or is Jerry just laying the groundwork for a Jon Gruden arrival?

Only Jerry knows what Jerry wants, but there is still much work to do in Dallas. Free agency is over a month away and the draft shortly follows, but this could conceivably be a very critical offseason for the Cowboys. It's time for this team to take a major step forward and close the gap with the NFC's elite.

But behind any hopes and aspirations for a 2014 Super Bowl should lie a great plan. Let's start to develop the building blocks for one; the future of this franchise depends on it.

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