Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) guard Ronald Leary (65) and offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) along the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line the Key to Dallas Cowboys Success

Since drafting Tyron Smith the Cowboys have been building a dominate offensive line. With the picks of Zack Martin this
year, and Travis Frederick last season, they have accomplished that. In 2013 they ranked 4th overall in NFL offensive line
ranks (according to pro football focus) and look to improve on that ranking. With the projected starters averaging 25
years of age this young offensive line controls the Cowboys success this season and beyond.

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Tony Romo

Unquestionably the biggest question mark this season, Romo looks to prove to all the doubters that his back is fine and he is ready to lead this offense that has potential to dominate NFL defenses. The best way to protect Romo is to win the battle upfront.

Doing that would give Romo the ability to go through his progressions instead of scrambling. They say that games are won in the trenches and if the Cowboys can do that, Romo should see less time on his back and more time throwing touchdowns.

DeMarco Murray

Murray had a career year in 2013 and looks to duplicate that success in 2014. He was 10th in the NFL in rushing yards and of all the running backs with at least 200 carries he was 1st in yards per carry with 5.2. He was 16th in attempts almost 100 behind league leader LeSean McCoy. If this team believes in Romo, Murray needs to be top 10 in attempts instead of close to 20th. His history tells you that if he gets the ball at least 20 times that the Cowboys will win.

Now I’m not saying just give him the ball 20 straight times to start the game but feed the beast. DeMarco has shown how physical he can be like in game 16 last year when he got a personal foul for lowering his shoulder and destroying an Eagles defensive lineman. With the physicality of Murray and the possible dominance of the offensive line Murray should improve on his career season in 2014.

Defense

Play clock! The Cowboys have assembled the keys to controlling a football game. Solid running game with a lethal
passing game gives the Cowboys the chance to keep their defense off the field and limit the oppositions number of plays.
There is no doubt that a defense that ranked last in football in 2013 has a lot of questions after the loses of DeMarcus
Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency and Sean Lee and DeMarcus Lawrence to injury.

The promotion of Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator has given some hope that they can improve on last year’s horrendous defense. If they can just become an average defense they can achieve more wins and possibly sneak into a playoff spot. With all this said can this young offensive line live up to the talk and expectations and help this team become successful?

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