Long hailed as “America’s Team”, it’s been awhile since the Dallas Cowboys actually managed to do anything of note that would actually warrant them being granted with that esteemed title. Understand that the moniker was bestowed upon the team during its heyday back in the ‘90s when guys like Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin manned the huddles and actually turned Cowboy games into exhibitions of football being played at its absolute finest. Hard as it may be to believe, those are now the good old days, and after years of sitting near the top of the totem pole, the Cowboys now find themselves in a division with two recent Super Bowl wins in the Giants, a team with a bold and exciting new coach in the Eagles, and a team with arguably the league’s biggest young star in the Redskins. They still have marvelous AT&T Stadium however, so maybe life ain’t all bad for what is now America’s former team.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t exactly been historically bad these last few years however, and in fact, they’ve been respectable, posting some winning seasons and even making the playoffs a few times. Their success has stemmed largely from the work of quarterback Tony Romo. A then lightly regarded quarterback prospect toiling in relative anonymity for the Cowboy franchise, Romo took the starter’s job in the 2006 season from then incumbent Drew Bledsoe, and just ran with it, emerging as the first true quarterback who could be considered as franchise-defining caliber in the post-Aikman era, but even though regular season success became easy to come by for the Eastern Illinois University product, postseason was an entirely different animal. Romo has struggled mightily in postseason games, becoming more memorable for his flubs then for his flings, and the lack of success in January football has prompted a very vocal segment of the Cowboy fanbase to call for his ousting. Yet here he remains as starting quarterback, and the stats say he’s been doing a good if not great job at the helm. In fact, instead of going in another direction with their quarterback, the franchise has instead opted to surround Romo with as many viable offensive threats that can make his life easier.
Wideouts Dez Bryant and Miles Austin have worked to give Romo a solid set of passing options to go to over the course of a game, add to that historically great tight end Jason Witten, and you have a passing attack that is as good as any in the league. The offense is also anchored by bruising rusher Demarco Murray, working to give Romo some leeway for when his receiving corps has an off day.
The Cowboys are angling to take back their spot as America’s Team, but they seem far removed from making that a reality. Not if you ask Romo however, and definitely not owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys are looking to make a splash this season and nothing less than a Super Bowl triumph can satisfy their hunger for past glory.
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