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And the Texans thought they had high expectations last year?
The script was written before training camp even started. The Dallas Cowboys were going to play in the Super Bowl until the bright, expensive lights of their brand new stadium. Ten loses later, disappointment still looms in Dallas, Texas.
2011 is a new season under a new regime. Playing under Wade Phillips, the head coach, is like going to your grandmother's house for the weekend. You are going to get spoiled and be able to stay up way too late. The lack of discipline under Phillips obviously did not work.
Enter Jason Garrett. Expectations are not quite as high this year, but this team is too talented for there to be no expectations.
Tony Romo is healthy following a season-ending injury last season. He seems to be focused this year and needs to do a better job of adjusting routes and reading defenses this year. Fortunately for him, he still has a plethora of offensive weapons.
Many quarterbacks would love to have Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Felix Jones.
Jones is set for an explosive season. Through his first two years, he has been the Goldilocks of the running back position. During his rookie season, his weight was too low. During his sophomore season, his weight was too high. Well, in year three, it appears to be just right. Felix Jones will be a fantasy and reality sleeper in 2011.
The 2010 Dallas Cowboys defense can be described in one word: undisciplined. Rob Ryan will change that. Abe Elam was a key addition in the secondary and DeMarcus Ware is still one of the best defensive players in the game. The team will still struggle against the run and have issues against top-tier passing games, but it should improve this season.
Expect a second place finish from the Dallas Cowboys, right behind America's new favorite dream team.