It’s now or never for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, who signed star quarterback Tony Romo to a fat paycheck this off-season, and are having him be more involved in weekly game-plans forever. The only question is, is Romo’s advanced involvement coming at the perfect time, or will it be another case of, too little, too late?
Time will only tell, as the Cowboys enter 2013 without a target on their back, as they’ve been out of the playoffs the last two seasons and only have 33/1 odds at winning this year’s Super Bowl.
Those odds aren’t bad, but few will expect Dallas to make a quantum leap in 2013 after back-to-back seasons where they lost a chance at a playoff appearance by losing their season finale to division rivals.
That begs the question: are these Cowboys forever overrated, or did they just happen to run into Giants and Redskins teams that were simply better?
It’s anyone’s guess, but that’s now the past and Romo and co. will have to get it together if they want to truly exercise their playoff demons this season. After all, the Cowboys are not without talent on the offensive side of the football.
With that said, they’ll have to find a way to avoid the injury bug if they want to achieve elite success, as wide receiver Miles Austin and running back DeMarco Murray have both missed too much time the past two years due to untimely injuries.
While the offense needs to be more consistent, the defense needs to quickly establish it’s identity. A transition to a base 4-3 scheme could prove tricky, but at least it could go smoother with inside linebacker Sean Lee manning the middle. If Lee can stay healthy, he could back a much more consistent unit.
Ultimately, the Cowboys have the talent throughout their roster to go off and take names in 2013. They just have to go out and get it done.