NFL Two-A-Days: Previewing The 2011 Off-Season For The Dallas Cowboys
This idea originated from ESPN's Mike & Mike. Here is my off-season preview for the Dallas Cowboys:
5. Can QB Tony Romo recover from an injury shortened season and be a Pro Bowler in 2011?
I like Tony Romo. I think he is a very underrated quarterback. He doesn't get the credit he deserves because well, lets be honest, people are jealous of him.
He has been behind a awful offensive line basically his whole career in Dallas. He is forced to buy himself more time and does a good job of it. I believe he is a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback.
4. Which of the Cowboys running backs is best suited to be a workhorse?
I don't understand this question. In the modern day NFL, you don't need a workhorse. Frankly, it's much better to have a stable. The Cowboys have one of the best running back stables in the league. Nonetheless, I'll answer it anyway.
Felix Jones had the most carries of the tandem in 2010, with 185 attempts. I think Marion Barber might be better fit to be a workhorse since he's bigger and more physical. Tashard Choice could play somewhere as well.
3. What area of Dallas' disappointing defense needs the most attention?
Is Tony Romo underrated?
The Cowboys front seven is pretty good. It's the secondary that's the issue.
They ranked 26th in passing yards allowed in 2010. Gerald Sensabaugh and Alan Ball are probably better suited to be backup safeties, not starters. Both Terrance Newman and Michael Jenkins are talented players, but had down seasons. If the Cowboys want to make the playoffs, they must improve the secondary.
2. What is the Cowboys' top priority in the NFL Draft and/or free agency?
I've always thought that it is better to pick cornerbacks up in free agency, since younger guys usually get burnt often. Of course, on the flip side, you wouldn't want another guy on the decline like Terrance Newman.
Patrick Peterson will most likely be off the board by this time. Prince Amukamara would be the next option.
Addressing the offensive tackle need is a must and Nate Solder or Tyron Smith could be two of the candidates for the job.
1. Stock: Rising or Falling?
I must confess, I hate the Cowboys! However, this is one of the most talented teams in the NFL.
They have finally hired a new coach. I had said for awhile that Wade Phillips was holding the Cowboys back. You saw that at the end of last season.
The Cowboys stock is rising and they are a likely playoff team in 2011.
Ryan is 15 and a volunteer scout for the Atlanta Falcons.
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