For the third straight year, the Cowboys lost their last game of the season to a division opponent with a playoff berth on the line. The defense was terrible and the offense will be the main focus of the 2014 season.
The narrative remains that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has gone 8-8 in each of his full seasons as head coach, losing the last game of the regular season to each of the team’s division opponents in division title winner games.
The defense was dead last in total yards allowed in 2013, but the roster for 2014 looks even weaker with the departure of pass rush specialist DeMarcus Ware – the Cowboys’ all-time leading sacker – and the season ending injury to star LB Sean Lee. In a division that includes Chip Kelly’s quick strike offense, Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III, the Cowboys defense will be hard pressed to make the necessary stops.
Offensively the team looks great. QB Tony Romo appears set to fully recover from his injury at the end of the season and will be backed up by former Browns starter Brandon Weeden. The receiving corps with Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten is easily the best in the division. And RB DeMarco Murray, while injury prone, has averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in two of his three seasons.
The Cowboys will report to training camp in Oxnard, California on July 24.