Dallas Cowboys: 5 Keys to Winning the NFC East

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Keys to Winning the NFC East
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If the Dallas Cowboys are going to have a bounce back season this year, there are a number of things they're going to have to improve upon.

The Cowboys had one of the most disappointing seasons of any NFL team last year.

They started the season dreaming of being the first team ever to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium, and instead stumbled to a 1-7 start which led to head coach Wade Phillips being fired. 

The team struggled with turnovers and inconsistent play-calling on offense and sported the worst defense in the history of the franchise. 

America's Team then rebounded with a 5-3 finish under interim head coach Jason Garrett, including wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles

However, many of the problems that plagued the Cowboys under Phillips persisted even after Garrett took over the reins. 

After having his interim tag removed, Garrett subsequently hired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from the Cleveland Browns to fix a defense that allowed the second most points in the league last season, jettisoned overpaid and under performing veterans like Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Marc Columbo, Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode, and has brought a no-nonsense attitude to training camp this season. 

However, divisions are not won in the offseason, they are won on the field, and the Cowboys will have to make plenty of improvements in order to take out the Eagles, Giants and Redskins for the NFC East crown. 

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