Cowboys' offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, will be without some input on the sidelines this season. Terrell Owens is gone and Garrett might actually get to call the plays he wants to call without No. 81 yelling at him on the sidelines.
What will be on the sidelines for the Cowboys are three healthy running backs who showed last year that they can get the job done. When Marion Barber was injured, Felix Jones stepped up. When Jones was injured, Tashard Choice stepped up. If all three can be healthy and in shape, a lot of pressure could be off Tony Romo.
After one season as offensive coordinator Garrett was hailed as the successor to the head coaching job, then after a lackluster 2008, some people didn't want him to call the plays anymore, let alone follow Wade Phillips. But 2008 was filled with injuries.
Witten, Romo, Barber, and Jones are just some of the offensive players who missed time due to injuries.
The key to success for the Cowboys is a healthy and balanced offense.
Dallas can’t afford to have Romo drop back every play, and even Barber can’t force himself through players every time he touches the ball. The Cowboys were most effective when they were able to mix things up.
Most teams, even a bad defense, can play well against a good offense if they know what is coming every play. What the Cowboys have that other teams don’t are solid players at the positions needed to run an effective, balanced offense.
Play-action and misdirection should be a staple of the Cowboys offense in 2009.
If the defense jumps on the run Romo will have time to find Witten, Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, Martellus Bennett, Miles Austin, and well, you get the idea. Romo has an arsenal of receivers to turn to when he has the ball.
If the defense is staying back to play the run Barber can run through them, Jones can run by them and Choice can do a combination of the two.
The biggest key to the Cowboys' offense is having Williams for a full training camp and pre-season. Williams’ arrival in Dallas last season was less than perfect. He came when Owens was upset about not getting the ball, when Romo was injured, and the Cowboys were falling apart.
This time around Williams will have some experience with the Cowboys and Dallas’ system going into the season, and he will have a full season to show what he can do.
With a solid core of receivers, talent at running back and Romo still looking to prove that he can play well for an entire season and the playoffs, the Dallas offense can be a force to be reckoned with.