The NFL off-season is one of the longest gaps in professional sports schedules. This drought of football has been very tiresome, but Cowboys fans have plenty to be excited about. Below, I have compiled a short list of five reasons Cowboys fans should be excited going into the 2015 NFL season.
1. Dez Bryant’s Contract
Bryant’s future with the Dallas Cowboys proved to be very cloudy after the Dallas front office stamped their #1 WR with the “franchise tag” during the free agency period. Although it was a very bold move, Bryant threatened to sit out pre-season and a couple of regular season games if the “franchise tag” remained as his contract status. To sum things up, Bryant inked his long-term deal, securing his place with the Dallas Cowboys for five more years.
2. Elite Offensive Line
Now, DeMarco Murray had a great rushing season last year but most of the credit needs to go to the offensive line. The Cowboys had the NFL’s best offensive line in 2014, and they’ve added more strength this offseason with the addition of rookie La’el Collins. Collins gives Dallas four first-round caliber players up front, if he beats out Ronald Leary at left guard. Regardless of who starts, Dallas’ offensive line will be the best in the league once again.
3. Another Year Under Coach Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett: most scrutinized coach in the NFL. That was the storyline prior to last season when he led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and a playoff win. Now just six months removed from signing a five-year contract, Garrett is in Dallas for the long haul. Cowboys fans should feel good about placing their faith in his hands for years to come.
4. Return of Sean Lee
Dallas’ defense was formidable at best last season. Injuries didn’t help the cause, especially Sean Lee suffering a torn ACL. Lee is on track to be 100% this season, With Lee back as a centerpiece of the defense, Dallas could rank in the top 15 in defense this season. Lee’s return should excite Cowboys fans big time.
5. New Running Game
With Murray no longer in the backfield, Cowboys fans will turn their attention to Joseph Randle. Along with Darren McFadden, Randle will attempt to replace All-Pro DeMarco Murray in Dallas, which is no easy task. On the bright side, Randle averaged 6.7 yards per carry last season and showed incredible vision and speed on numerous runs. He’s a home run threat on almost every carry and should be exciting to watch running behind this offensive line.
The Dallas Cowboys are legit Super Bowl contenders. As long as Dallas keeps its intensity up and cancels out the noise from the media, this team will have a great chance at making a better playoff run than last year.
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