More Reasons Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo will Excel in 2012: Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

In part one of this series, I argued that Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo would be even better than in 2011 because a healthy DeMarco Murray and free agent FB Lawrence Vickers would substantially improve the Cowboys rushing attack, thereby allowing Jason Garrett to call a more balanced game, which in turn would make Romo’s job easier.  In part two, I argued that two new coaches (Mike Woicik and Bill Callahan), coupled with the youth and inexperience of much of the OL, meant that the OL had to improve in 2012, which will hopefully avoid the need for Romo to play with a broken rib or punctured lung.  In part three, I argued that that Jimmy Robinson would improve the unit and find an adequate replacement for Laurent Robinson from the stable of young and inexperienced WR’s already on the Cowboys roster.

Dez Bryant and Miles Austin will both be better in 2012, and that will help Tony Romo be a better QB.

Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (88) Dez Bryant against Arizona Cardinals cornerback (21) Patrick Peterson in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Dez Bryant will improve drastically this season. It is easy to forget that Dez is only 23 years old. He hasn’t had the benefit of a full season of football in years: his final year of college was shortened by a suspension; his rookie campaign in the NFL ended early because of injury, and the 2011 season had the lockout.

There are four general factors working together that suggest Dez Bryant will improve significantly from last year: he’s had another full year to mature, he will have a full offseason with the Cowboys organization, he will continue working with Robinson, and he has Miles Austin as a mentor.

The combination of Miles Austin and Jimmy Robinson is brilliant: Miles is proof that hard work and dedication can make you an elite receiver, and Robinson can teach Dez how to become elite if he is dedicated to doing the hard work.  It is difficult to imagine an environment that would be much more conducive to the maturation and development of Dez Bryant than the one created by Austin and Robinson.

Bryant is coming into his third NFL season.  The ‘third year’ rule is notorious in Dallas now because of Bill Parcells, so we know from a pretty reliable source that this is the year would should really expect Bryant to demonstrate what kind of player he is going to be.

The 3rd year of an NFL WR’s career is commonly called the ‘breakout year’ in fantasy football circles.  There is a lot of statistical evidence that suggests that many perennial Pro-Bowl WR’s didn’t start their dominance until their 3rd or 4th year.  The number of WR’s who put up big numbers in their first or second season is very small compared to the ones who started to do it consistently after their 3rd or 4th year.  For a detailed look at the first year in which elite receivers started posting impressive stats, click here.

All signs point towards Dez Bryant improving on last year; his improvement will make Tony Romo better.

September 18, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Cowboys defeated the 49ers 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Miles Austin. He missed a few games last season with nagging hamstring problems. Recent reports confirm that he has been training hard, and he is not experiencing any residual or lingering effects from the injuries.

If he is fully healthy and can stay that way, he makes Tony Romo a better QB.   It is no secret that Austin has a ‘chemistry’ with Romo that the other WR’s don’t.

Austin had a phenomenal season at the end of 2009; he was productive and reliable in 2010. He was limited to 43 catches for 579 yards and 7 TD’s last year, but only took the field for 10 games.

Austin is similar to Romo in that they are both young in comparison to the number of their respective starts. Austin has less than 3 full seasons as a starter in the NFL.  He turns 28 this summer.  He can still get better, and Jimmy Robinson is the perfect coach to help him refine and polish his skills.

There is no evidence regarding Austin’s relationship with Bryant, but it seems obvious that Miles would make an excellent mentor.  Austin had to put in a tremendous amount of work and effort into becoming a better football player, he practices and studies hard, and he also knows what it is like to experience instant stardom and wealth.  Austin has done a commendable job of taking everything in stride and leading a model lifestyle that exemplifies Jason Garrett’s ideal of the “Right Kind of Guy”.

Miles Austin will be better in 2012 just by being full healthy the entire season.  He is also part of the group of people, including coach Robinson, that the Cowboys are choosing to surround Dez Bryant and the other receivers on the roster with.  If the young WR’s are smart enough to utilize Austin as a mentor, they should all improve.

Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket with pressure from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (94) at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Conclusion: Because his WR corps will improve this season, Tony Romo is poised for a career year in 2012.  He has one of the best WR coaches in the game to help Austin get even better and supervise the development of Dez Bryant.  Robinson will get the young WR’s ready to be a reliable 3rd option, as he has done with so many other NFL teams.  Miles Austin is healthier than he has been since 2010, and Dez Bryant is about to drastically improve his game.

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Topics: Dez Bryant, Jimmy Robinson, Miles Austin, The Wright Perspective, Why Tony Romo Will Excel In 2012

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  • Californy

    I be very honest I had both of these player on a trade senario this off season.  Dez seen to be distracted with to many off the fields activities and Miles Austin doesnt seem to evry be healthy to be one of the top WR in this league.  The way I look at these WR is we have 1/2 a reciever base on the amount of times they practise and show up in a game.  Last year Dez, couldnt even beat out Jason Witten in Yardage, and it was not even one of Jason Witten best year, and Miles Austin was so dissapointing, that even he admitt he was not ready fro the season.  Witten was 28, Dez rank 29, Laurent, 35 and Miles 75 as the NFL best WR.  530 yards for a 9 million dollar wr does not sit well with me.  I wanted to keep Robinson as a 3rd wr just not pay him as a 1 wr.  If someone would of offer the boys a 1st pick or even a top 5 pick in the secound rd I would of taken it for either Dez and Miles.  But the rest is history , the Wr I have targetted is no longer part of this team.  All I know is he had good timing with Romo, he had 897 yards in just about 1/2 a season. It hard to project what he would of had during a full season, but I like his additude and work ethic he gave the Cowboys last year.  I do wish Laurent the best, I doubt he every produce the number he did with Dallas, he did have a unique situation here, that may not exist in Jacksonville.  The reason I wanted a pick in the top 37, is because at  that position of the draft I feel we could replace the talent of both wr.  All I hope fo this year is a healthy Miles and Dez so Tony can develope more timing with both WR.  No matter how you look at it Witten is this team best receiver still.  That why he my favorite, he play unselfish football even sacrafice his probowl number to help out our Tackles last season.

    • jamesabel7

       @Californy Man i dont mean to be rude at all but seriously would you please calm down with your comments you are flooding the board on every single article with a thousand comments there is really no need for that at all.
       

      • Californy

         @jamesabel7 I guess you have notice I have yet to talk to you.  Trust me I have my reasons, i want a good debate sometime i say thing just to start conversation and that what i am doing here.  i am expanding the topic of discuiss rather than have it so narrow, where what been said has already been said.  i am waiting on you to pick up the detail of your topic rather than a one or two sentence answer.  You did have a long responce that i did like,  i may not of agree with you on the whole topic but you did bring up some good points.  Becarefull when wanting to debate me, I know more than I let people know. i dont want to talk down to anyone just shair football though and idea.

        • jamesabel7

           @Californy Im not scared to debate you nor am i really on here to debate anybody, i am here to read about and discuss the dallas cowboys.  Sometimes i feel like giving a lengthy response when i am not busy sometimes i just want to tell the writer i think they did a good job because they covered most areas on a certain topic.  And you are free to post as you choose all i was saying is simply that i dont think there is a need for so many when nobody has responded to any of yours so far.  Its a free country so do as you choose i just wish you would not make so many.  I dont always write long responses because i dont always have time.  Anyways like i said i wasnt tryin to be an a$$ we can discuss the cowboys or football anytime.

      • Dallas3026

         @jamesabel7  @Californy I don’t think anyone objects to everyone having a chance to express their opinion but it is a bit overwhelming when there are so many comments that are not even remotely related to the article.

        • jamesabel7

           @Dallas3026  @Californy I completley agree that was basically my point.  The writers are the writers and we should be here to comment and discuss their topics with them, not go off and basically write our own all over their board.  My opinion anyways.  I liked our draft though, hope the players work out well.  I do wish we would have signed kellen moore though, who knows what he can be but it seemed worth a shot.

        • cjwright

           @jamesabel7  @Dallas3026  @Californy I am curious whether the Cowboys made any effort at all to sign Kellen Moore.

        • Californy

           @cjwright  @jamesabel7  @Dallas3026 I really dont think so.  This guy is a special case, he is briliant as a student of the game.  I doubt there is any player like him in this draft.  i see a career in Coaching for him when his NFL career is over with.  I dont understand why many teams didnt draft him, yet they drafted Weeden who was a inch shorter at 5-11 and 28 years old.  I have been talking with CowgirlCas, she has alot more to say about him, I let her address what Kellen Moore frame of mine is right now, he really is such a positive young man.  I cant see him not getting a fulltime NFL QB job, in time.

        • Californy

           @cjwright  @jamesabel7  @Dallas3026 One of the criticism that they said on moore is he doesnt have a strong arm.  If you see how Kellen throw, he throws to a area before the WR breaks, he  has learn to develope a timing with his WR.  He know where to put the ball .  Aikman had a similar style of throwing like this and the same critcs about his arm strength

        • jamesabel7

           @cjwright  @Dallas3026  @Californy I am curious about that as well

  • Californy

    http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2012/4/17/2953427/dallas-cowboys-have-they-learned-from-past-contract-blunders
     I wish i could shair the hope of other fan here on the site, But i dont.  JJ is good at showing us what he does good with the boys, it what he doesnt show us that concern me.  I was reading the above article, I always knew about the Cowboys poor contract and about our budget being out a wack.  You would think we eventually get past the lean years and get healthier.  If we continue to folow JJ management style, the contrary will happen.  I am bearly even touching the surface what I am going to shair with you today, it would take a accountant to figure all this mess out..  It has been reported by this article that Scandrick contract will cost more against the 2012 cap than all of the other CB cap number combined.  Brandon car Contract number is 2.5 Million for this year but next year it climbs to over 15 million dollars. Gerald Sensabaught Number went up from 1 million to 3 million this year.Dan Connor two year contract will cost us 2.5 million this year but 4.5 million next year.  The last I check the Boys were 2.1 million underneath the cap before signing Spencer. I be honest I dont know where those number are currently at.  But it will require us to resign another contract which would pretty much creat a future cap hit.   Those are just some of the fact that will come into play when you are looking into the Cowboys future.

  • Californy

    I heard some tal the NFL is looking at suspending the Pro Bowl.  I saw that coming, the rules of Football in the game has made it a total joke, it doesnt allow the defense to play football.  I believe the NFL is also moving toward this, with the thought of eliminating Kick off.

  • Californy

    I heard rumor that SD is looking to trade up for Barron.  If Decastro is gone I would make this trade with SD for the 14 spot.  The rumor that are being thrown out there is to create more value at the pick the team are picking at.  I believe the value is not in the top 10 of this draft.  My favor player in the first rd is Kuechey LB Boston College.  I dont see this as a team need.

  • Californy

    There was an article on another site that discuss the possibilty of finding Gems among the wounded player in the draft.  Those are very clear in the draft, but how about the socially disfunctional athletes who have made their mistakes in life and who are going to drop in this year draft.  I be honest I like a couple of these player and a they were just caught with substance abuse.  They key is, where and when you you take a chance on these players

  • Californy

    The first player i wanted to discuss is Burflect, he was rated a first rd pick, but poor character issue and poor training and now poor decision making has drop him almost out of being drafted. I can help wonder what type of player he could be for us.  I still think he is worth a selection.  i would take him in the 7th rd.  There are several spot in the draft where we can drop a couple of spot and pick up a extra 7th rd pick.  I think he is worth the reward despite his poor judgement in his training and in life.

  • Californy

    There is another player who had a high rating , a top two rd pick, he just got caught with drug use.  i dont think he will drop as far as Burflict.  I think he may drop a couple of spot or even down to the 4th rd.  The player I am reffering to is Hosley CB.  he may be a bargain in the 4th rd.  i have another player sloted in the 4th, but a trade down at some point earlier can aquire an additonal 4th rd pick.  We need CB, and an incentaive laden contract will keep a player hungry to prove himself, in search of a big contract that he miss because of poor judjement.

  • Californy

    With The New CBA, the chances of being hurt by a bad draft selection has been soften.  Several years ago 2009, the Cost of the 9th pick was 35 million dollars, last year that contract was worth 12.5 million dollars on a 4 year deal. The chance of selecting a bad player in the first are still there but the pressure of keeping him on staff is not there.  FA is where the biggest gambles are.  The draft is still the best place to build the team.  Sometimes player never develope wit the team they were drafted by.  Last year Carlos Rodger signed with the 49 ers on a one year deal, he had his best year in his career and even made the pro bowl.  Jim Plunket NE also had good fortune when he was traded to the raider in the 80′s. Steve Young also did also did well with his secound team the 49 ers.  They key to getting these player is to develope more quickly than before.  team will no longer wight to see if a player pans out for them.  Bobby carpenter was one of those player, he is now on his 3rd or 4th team.  I believe he will suceed like Mark Anderson done last year with the Pats.  In fact I bet they use him the same way the use mark Anderson the pass rush specilaist, who earn a big FA contract with another team,

  • jamesabel7

    i agree i think it was year 3 i think when Irvin arrived on the scene i am hoping for the same from Dez this coming season, and i think the best of tony romo is yet to be seen he is just now arriving at his prime.     I have a suggestion for this site to make it more enjoyable to navigate.  Set up tabs for each sport or DFW team so an article about a certain team or sport is a lot easier to locate without searching through all the articles.  If thats already an option i apologize i havent located it yet,

    • Dallas3026

       @jamesabel7 Thanks for the idea.  I will look into that.

    • Dallas3026

       @jamesabel7 As Dallas said, that is a good idea.  I will talk to the tech guys.

  • Californy

    As Cowboy fans we all have oppinion on how to rebuild the Cowboys despite seeing the same game and game film.  There are many mix feeling about Cowboy fan all over.  This is just my perspective on the last 3 day and what I saw from the Cowboys.  I seen early grade from the Cowboy, it been very favorable to them giving them a A grade.  I dont know what they were looking at i saw a differnt story.  It not the player that we selected, it the ones JJ said were not Good enough to make this team, that catch my interest.  I have no problem with the top two picks at all.  They may not of been my pick at those spot, but i have no problem with them being Cowboys.  Now let look at the rest of the draft picks round 4-7.

  • Californy

    The Cowboys pick at 11w was Kyle Wilber LB who had a rank of 60.5, these other player were alternatives to that pick, Josh Chapman DT 72.5, rating, Josh Norman CB 72.5 rating Tank carder LB 53.0 rating and Keenan Robinson LB with a 68.0 rating.
    The Pick at 135 Was Matt Johnson SS rating of 49,  The alternative player were Jonathan Mo

  • Californy

    sorry this site cut half of my message, and it never update the information I provided

  • Californy

    There was some real alternatives to Kyle Wilber who rating came in at 60.5.  These are just a couple of alternative player we could have chose instead. Josh Chapman NT 72.5 rating, Josh Norman CB with a  rating of 75, Tank carder LB TCU with a rating of 52, he better than this rating, and Keenan Robinson LB with a rating of 68.0

  • Californy

    Here are some alternatives to Pick 135 Matt Johnson 49.5 rating.  Actually he was given a D by many critics at this spot.  My alternative to this player are George Iiota S from Boise, with a rating of 73.0 and Jonathan Massaquoi LB from Troy, a Pass rush specialist

  • Californy

    My alternative to Danny Coale WR-P rate of 58.5, would be Chase Minniefield 81.5 and Chris Polk RB 84.0, these two guy went undrafted, but dont let their talent fool you.  You also have CB Tevin Wade with a rating of 82.5 and Antonio Allen S with a rating of 69.

  • Californy

    My alternative to TE James hanna would be Marvin McNutt Wr and Emmanel Acho LB 57 rating and Travis Lewis OLB with a rating of 68.7.

  • Californy

    This is my alternative to Caleb McSurdy LB who had a rating of 52.7, would  Alfanzo Denard CB who had a rating of 85.7, yeah he the one who fough with a olice officer, but he rated in the 1st rd of this draft. I also have david Molk C with a rating of 59, we need a center and he had 41 presses at the combine, and Cam Johnson DE with a rating of 72 DE.

  • Californy

    The point of listing some of these alternative player is to see what JJ pass on, many of these player had highter grade than the draft picks he pick.  The TE JJ chose had a good rating but he just didnt have the stats to go with the rating.  Some Of JJ pick in FA are actually better players, who I like even better.  You had the Running Back who Cas displayed as one of her hidden Gems, You also had the TE, also on her list and then you had Madison CB from Arkansaw, who I think may develope into a good Slot cover CB for us.  The WR from SMU look to be a good player, he had about 173 catches the last 2 years and about 2100 yard in catches.  I believe he can develope into a good slot receiver despite his size at 5-10. The way I look at this draft, we hit on two player but may have missed on 4 others.  That just not what I am looking for.  The TE Hanna look good, but george Bryannt look to be a complete TE who may push John Phillips off this squad, and I like John too.

  • Californy

    Hey if I am over these Blogs on differnt topic, it is to start footbal conversation when i believe the topic has run its course.  I just want to shair some thoughts with some fellow Cowboy fans that is all.

  • Californy

    The Cowboy fans seem to be way ahead of the curve that what being discuss in Cowboy head quarters.. The drafting of carter last year can not be a good thing.  The fan see it already, we been hinting on this for a while.  The signing of Connor, Kyle Wilber LB, Matt Johnson LB-Safety and caleb McSurdy can not say much to the confidence the boy may have on Carter at all.  The Cowboy fan saw it Jenkins, marty Bennett, David Buehler, Alan Ball and now we are beginning to see it in Carter.  he is not working out and that he would be another failed draft pick by JJ.  If this was not the case we wouldnt of drafted who we did nor signed Connor LB.

    • jamesabel7

       @Californy Carter is a young player, maybe he never works out but maybe he does.  Depth that is what the cowboys are trying to build on the defense you cannot win with one good player at a position and nothing else behind them.  This was one of the keys to the cowboys of the 90′s they had a lot of depth, they would bring a guy out and the next guy was damn good too.  Connor is a solid player who can contribute now, upgrading the defense no, i dont think that signing had a single thing to do with carter.  Jenkins has been a good CB great now but hes been pretty good, his issue is staying healthy.  I have no idea what will happen with carter but they are building depth here, and thats how you win is with depth.  I think jj has done a bad job up until last year, but its not very difficult to sit back and say after the fact that it was easy to see a player wasnt going to work out.  I dont like felix jones and i didnt like him when we drafted him, how you expect a guy that wasnt the primary back in college to take the beating of an every down back in the NFl is beyond me, but i have nothing on the line here other than my hopes for the boys.  Its a whole lot easier for me to say because there is zero pressure in my opinion, because my opinion is nothing more than an opinion of a fan.  It has no impact on the actual team unlike the ones jj an all the other decision makers make.

      • Californy

        Whthere car a good LB for us or not, is no longer the point.  The fact we had to spend the addition 7 million on a 2 year contract and we drafted 2-3 LB in the draft is the real issue to me.  If carter had been healthy we would not have drafted 3 LB.  One of those LB they converted to a safety.  That is 4 LB we aquired since Carter was drafted.  This team has so many other need would could of select 2 differnt position to improve this team.  The Cowboy have way to many LB now, that some of these player will need to be cut.  We needed a center and NFL type NT and we dont have either.

    • cjwright

       @Californy I disagree completely.  Even if Carter was a Pro-Bowler, with the departure of Bradie James and Keith Brooking, they needed more ILB’s.  It is trite to say, but a 3-4 defense needs more LB’s than the 4-3.  Right now they have Carter, Lee, and Connor, with very little depth behind them (I think Orie Lemon was the only other ILB on the roster).   They needed more ILB’s to play Ryan’s scheme; I don’t think it has anything at all to do with Carter.

      • Californy

         @cjwright WE need all down LB, not just specialist.  We had 9 LB on Board before the draft.  We just added 4 more LB, that 13 competting for about 8 jobs.  We had other need to fill on staff.  We have two center with less than 16 games experience playing center.  We dont even have a listed NT for the 3-4 defense.  This is why I feel we will be transitioning more to a 4-3 base.  The Smaller LB that we are drafting tends to reflect this what I am saying.  RR was a LB Coach in NE, and DC in Oakland, where he ran 4-3 base defense.  We will probably be using both defenses but I feel we will be using the 4 down lineman system more.  If we go towards a 4-3 defense I dont see us carring more than 9 lbs.  I think we may actually carry 4 TE,  I believe our TE crop to be really good.  It will be hard to cut these players.  I had a crazy Idea.  Why not use hanna as a 4-3 DE, he does have the speed as passing specialist.

  • Californy

    I was really dissapointed when the boys failed to draft a center or even pick one up as FA.  There in none who handle the ball more than a center and Quarterback.  This position is so crucial to a football team.  We had our choice of some good center even in round number 7.  Instead we address a position who we already had a abundance of player already.  I think Costa was a major problem on this OL last year, so I address this position of one that we need to improve on,.  I actually like Kolwaski play much better than Costa, I wont put him at stud level yet, but he played alot better.  I have a center who is available at this time, he has some age on him but has had a solid career in the nFL.  He is 3 years older than Living who just turn 30 the same time he turn 33.  You all know who he is, because he played for us.  Yup, It Andre Gurode, I think we should sign him to a one year minimum veteran deal to address this line concern up the middle.  It may help the development of these  Guard in the process.  One shouldnt need help but I think he does, Im reffering to Living, who at 30 years old is pretty much peak, and who i dont believe has a upside at all anymore.  We will go as far as our OL will take us, and I dont believe we really upgrade the position form Gurode and Holland, at best we will be even.  That cant be good at all.

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