The 2013 season will be a pivotal one for the Dallas Cowboys as they try and rebound from consecutive 8-8 seasons.
One of the keys for improvement on any team is that team's ability to have successful offseasons. But each offseason has a complexion all its own.
For the Cowboys, this offseason wasn't filled with the usual splash in free agency, as Jerry Jones didn't show up at free agent's doorstep to whisk him away on the owner's plane. The Cowboys spent the majority of the time sorting out their salary-cap situation and making minor moves.
So with the draft, OTAs, veteran minicamp and a more favorable salary cap both behind and in front of them, the Cowboys inch closer to Oxnard, Ca., where training camp will commence in a few weeks. Position battles, competition, a new defensive scheme and new wrinkles in the offense will be rolled out.
But while we wait for that to begin, where does this team stand right now? Did the Cowboys improve themselves enough for success in 2013?
Valid questions that only time will tell.
The good news is that we are closer to getting those answers, but for now let's assess the early winners and losers of this offseason for Dallas.