Dallas Cowboys: 5 Biggest Storylines out of the Preseason

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Biggest Storylines out of the Preseason
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From the day the NFL lockout ended right up until cut down day, the Dallas Cowboys have kept things interesting throughout the preseason. 

Jerry Jones' team is coming off a hugely disappointing 2010-11 season and he will spare no expense in trying to return America's Team to its former glory. 

It took Jerry eight games to finally decide Wade Phillips was not the right man to coach this team last season. The job was subsequently handed to former offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett. 

The team rebounded to go 5-3 in their final eight games with Garrett at the helm and showed some impressive signs of life heading into the offseason by beating, among others, the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles during Garrett's interim tenure. 

The so-called red-headed genius's no-nonsense approach has carried over from last season and he has shown throughout training camp and the preseason that he is truly in charge of this team and will not hesitate to make tough decisions.

Garrett hired the enigmatic, energetic and entertaining Rob Ryan to be his defensive coordinator in order to fix a defense that ranked 31st in the league in points allowed last season and allowed the most points in franchise history.

Ryan's scheme is predicated on confusing opposing offenses, but oftentimes it has been the Cowboys players themselves who have appeared confused during preseason games. With the first game against Rob's brother Rex and the New York Jets fast approaching, they'd better get it figured out soon. 

As the preseason comes to a close, let's take a look at the biggest story lines coming out of Cowboys camp for the 2011-12 season. 

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