Dallas Cowboys: 5 Biggest Questions Facing America's Team in 2011-12

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Biggest Questions Facing America's Team in 2011-12
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The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2011 offseason with many questions to answer, and it looks like they will enter the 2011-12 regular season having left many of those same questions unanswered. 

The Cowboys struggled through much of the 2010-11 season, limping to a 1-7 record before Wade Phillips was fired and rebounding for a 5-3 finish under interim head coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett was then given the top job by Jerry Jones upon the conclusion of the regular season, after a cursory coaching search that seemed to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule more than anything else.

Garrett promptly hired former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to overhaul a defensive unit that ranked 31st in the league in points allowed last season. 

Because of the lockout, teams were not allowed to sign free agents prior to April's NFL draft like they normally would, and the Cowboys were forced to plug the holes in their roster through the draft without knowing which free agents they'd be signing. 

Drafting mammoth offensive tackle Tyron Smith from USC with the ninth overall pick was a good start, but the Cowboys ignored other pressing needs by selecting North Carolina inside linebacker Bruce Carter in the second round and Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray in the third. 

As we move through training camp and toward the start of the season, the Cowboys still have a lot of questions left to answer.

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