July 30, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws during opening day of training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

What Do We Expect From The Cowboys in 2012?


After last year’s disappointing 8-8 finish, what can we expect from Dallas in 2012?  One thing to look at is what Jerry Jones did to address the failing secondary. The addition of Brandon Carr, the free Agent from Kansas City, and the drafting of Morris Claiborne will certainly upgrade corner from a troubled area to an asset, no doubt.  The defense should be an upgrade over last years version as well.

Jun 12, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrett during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The main area of concern for Jason Garrett will again be the offensive line. Everyone has been talking about  2012 being the year to “put up or shut up”. That’s a little harsh, but knowing Jerry’s history with coaches, it might be true.  The move of right tackle Tyron Smith to left tackle is going to be watched all season long, as Smith will now have Romo’s blindside.  Smith is a tremendous athlete and he should be able to make the move with relative ease. The move of Smith to left tackle moves Doug Free  back to his natural position of right tackle.  Both moves should be a plus for both players, and should help keep Romo in the upright position.

The interior line for the Cowboys is suspect.  Center Phil Costa can be overpowered, so he will need constant attention from one of the guards. This could be a problem as the year progresses. I was a bit surprised that Jerry did not pick up a veteran to solidify the center position. Lets just hope that Costa matures more this year.

Left guard Nate Livings was the big free agent signing for the Cowboys this past offseason on the line.  Livings was with Cincinnati Bengals and is an average at best player.  Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau starts the season on the PUP.  Bernadeau started just one game last year with the Panthers so I wonder if this signing will work out for the Cowboys. Time will tell.

Dec 17, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) rushes for yardage during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

I am not sure what to read into Felix Jones not passing his conditioning test. I was a bit surprised, but probably not as surprised as Jason Garrett. I hope that it was Felix not giving it his all, but we saw last year what happened when Miles Austin reported to camp out of shape as he as he was injury-prome all season. Will Felix suffer the same fate, or will he buckle down and get into shape? I am sure that DeMarco Murray is in shape and he should pick up where he left off, so hopefully he will have complete year and bust the 1,000 yard mark.  I am counting on it.

All I can say is I have the utmost confidence in the Cowboys coaching staff. I believe that the biggest weakness this year is the interior line and that if the Cowboys fix it, we could see a serious playoff run. If not…..well the natives will be getting restless……AGAIN.

If anyone has any concerns or thoughts lets hear your thoughts about the upcoming 2012 season.

Lets hope for the Best.

 

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Tags: 2012 Camp Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray Doug Free Featured Jason Garrett Jerry Jones Mackenzy Bernadeau Morris Claiborne Tony Romo Tyron Smith

  • osnappp

    I believe the first game will tell all. It is a must win in my opinion and will probably set the tone for the entire season. It will be a great test of all the changes made because the giants match well to the boys weaknesses. If they don’t win, or worse get beat bad, I bet you can expect a below average seaon with their tough schedule. I think it’s possible they fall dead last… if they don’t win with authority.

    • http://twitter.com/ChiefJBrady James Brady Parker

      How can I put this, Yes it will be a great test for the Cowboys;however playing the Giants or any division for will be a challenge. If you believe that the Dallas is going to roll over just because, then I disagree.
      Are you going to sit there and tell me that Washington is going to beat Dallas? Not this year.

      I will agree on this point, the Cowboys are already in trouble because of injuries, but so are the other teams. The problems Dallas has had in the past is that they do not have the depth in the offensive line, and it appears that is the case going into 2012.

      We are still in the dark about the safeties, that was a major issue last season.
      The cowboys can ill afford opening the season at 0-2 and make the playoffs that is a given.

      Win with authority, a win is a win no matter how you get it. If they Cowboys can comeup with some decent backup I believe they will be fine. So far DeMarco Murray has been doing great and he should pick up where he left off last year.

      My biggest concern is now a wide receiver. Miles Hammie Austin has *tweeked* his hammie again, so he is picking up where he left off. We a now left with Dez Bryant, who will miss at least 4 games because of his arrest. So there it is in a nut shell….

      We have to stay healthy in preseason. We can only hope.

      TexasBrady

  • californy

    It never the talk that we must follow, it what the boys do on the field that matter. WhaT I am getting from these camps is we need a lot of work. We have too many injuries to key people who need some work. My analysis is the boy would be a work in progress especially very early in the season. We must hold our own early of this couild get away from us at the beginning. One game is still 1/16 of the season, they are all important to me. I dont want to go down without a fight. Time will tell how motivate these player are. I be honest I think we are closer to the Redskins than we are to the Eagles. The thing that will impact us more are the OL and the DB. We have been hurt big time in camp with the injuries in these department..