Expect Big Things In Big D!

Eric RobinsonContributor IMay 8, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 13:  Dallas Cowboys Stadium during contruction on April 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With last year's expectations behind them, the Dallas Cowboys look to rebound in a big way in the 09-10 season.

This time last season, the Dallas Cowboys were coming off of a 13-3 season and were viewed as Super Bowl or bust.  After finishing 9-7 (without making the playoffs) it's fair to say that they busted! 

How did the Jerry and Co. respond?

First, they  release Adam Jones,  Brad Johnson, trade starting CB Anthony Henry, and on the same day in early March, they release perennial pro-bowlers Terrell Owens and Roy Williams. Sad time to be a Cowboy fan, huh? Nope!

First the Cowboys upgrade the QB position by acquiring Jon Kitna in the Henry trade with Detroit. They also replaced the departure of DE Chris Canty with the signing of free agent Igor Olshansky. Then, after signing four key free agents reserves, the 'Boys management focused on the draft.

After trading down their one and only first day pick, the 'Boys had twelve picks the second day, and took full advantage of them all.  Now, there were not any big names that jumped out at you, but the Cowboys are one of the few teams in the NFL that are in position to draft for back-ups.  And with QB Tony Romo destined to get better, barring injury, this could be the break-out year for the Cowboys. 

My prediction, 12-4 (first round bye).