NFL: Firecracker Dud, the 2010 Dallas Cowboys

Greg HerringtonContributor IFebruary 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Interim head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It’s almost like Jerry Jones gathered the whole world together to watch his creation.

The 2010 Dallas Cowboys were supposed to be poised to make a Super Bowl run and do what no other team had ever done: Play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

But as Mr. Jones knelt down to light the fuse on his team, nothing happened. The crowd waited and there was nothing.

Look at Pittsburgh, New England, NY Jets and Green Bay: Tough, play hard, "we are going to win no matter what" teams.

Less can be said for the Dallas Cowboys.

At times, they played with little motivation and certainty lacked the toughness they had under former coach Jimmy Johnson. I really think that head coach Jason Garrett has a chance to raise this team from mediocrity, but it will take several personnel moves and a major change of thinking to do that.

Garrett had his team playing hard the second half of the season and that is a credit to his coaching, but look for the Boys to shake up the roster quite a bit. The coordinator and assistant coach positions that have been addressed this offseason are positive steps in the right direction.

With Garrett calling the offense you can expect much of the same in 2011. A healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant coupled with Felix Jones, Jason Witten and Miles Austin give the team above average playmakers who can threaten defenses.

Still, the Cowboys have to address their offensive line struggles and makes decisions on Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Roy Williams. Look for the Cowboys to draft OL in the early rounds of the draft or address needs in free agency (If there is a new CBA.)

On defense, new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brings a much more aggressive approach than the team had last season. With cornerstone pieces already in place (DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratlif, Anthony Spencer, Bradie James and Terrance Newman), the team can draft almost anywhere on defense and improve their talent level.

The primary areas of concern are both safety position, DE, CB and Depth at LB and DL. Still, Coach Ryan has to be excited about the talent he has inherited.

The Cowboys should be looking at safety and defensive line through free agency as well, provided there is a new CBA in place.

The 2011 Dallas Cowboys will not resemble the team that disappointed fans last year, so look for big changes and hopefully much better results.