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Dallas Cowboys 2016 Super Bowl Run Starts with Tony Romo

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If you're anything like me... the recent bad news surrounding the Dallas Cowboys has you somewhat bummed about the 2016 season. The Cowboys' current defense is depleted via suspensions; Rolando McClain added a 10-game ban to a front-seven that already had pass rushers Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence suspended - each out for the first four games of the year.

If you're anything like me... in the midst of all of this, thoughts of this team being far from a Super Bowl LI contender and letting down Tony Romo once again have crossed your mind too much over the past few days.

If you're anything like me... you realize that the Dallas Cowboys will always have a chance with Tony Romo as their quarterback, and it is something you appreciate every day.

With the aforementioned bad news surrounding America's Team on this holiday, and no on-the-field team activities to speak of, I figure now is as good a time as ever to appreciate the one and only Tony Romo - in anticipation of his return to action.

Tony Romo Owns the NFC East, and will prove it again in 2016

Tribute to Tony Romo, Wanted Dead or Alive.

Dalllas Cowboys Finish the Fight!

Similarly to 2015, the Dallas Cowboys will start their season against two divisional rivals. Tony Romo's career record against the NFC East is 33-25. He's thrown 88 touchdowns to 52 interceptions against the Giants, Redskins, and Eagles.

In 2013, the Cowboys defense was one of the worst in NFL history. Even still, Tony Romo managed a 5-0 record against the NFC East. Unfortunately, due to injury, Tony missed the most crucial divisional showdown of them all, as the Cowboys and Eagles met up in week 17 with the division on the line.

The Cowboys came close, but were missing the drive that Tony Romo provides, and ended their season at home with a 24-22 loss. In those five previous wins against the NFC East, here were Romo's stats:

GM Comp Att Yds TDs INTs
vs. NYG 36 49 263 2 1
vs. WAS 18 30 170 1 1
@ PHI 28 47 317 1 2
@ NYG 23 38 234 2 1
@ WAS 17 27 226 2 1
TOTALS: 122 191 1,210 8 6

 

The first thing that should jump out from these absurd stats is the number of times Tony Romo was asked to throw the ball. It's hard to win in the NFL averaging just over 38 passing attempts per game, but Tony Romo can persevere all odds.

Little did we know, a 2013 season that only further proved how dysfunctional the Cowboys were outside of their quarterback would lead to a 2014 season in which the world would be forced to take notice of #9.

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Tony Romo's Resurgence: The 2014 Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys added another key piece to their offensive line entering the 2014 season when they drafted Zack Martin in the first round. Little did they know, Martin would become the missing piece to an offensive front that would dominate the line of scrimmage all season long.

The Cowboys' offensive line became their identity, with DeMarco Murray being the main benefactor of their superb run-blocking skills. With opposing defenses forced to pay less attention toward Romo and the passing game, the quarterback effortlessly tossed 34 touchdowns - 16 of which went to Dez Bryant.

This trio of offensive stars helped keep the Dallas defense off the field, which ultimately led the team to a 12-4 record, good enough to win the NFC East. After a signature game winning drive from Tony Romo advanced the Cowboys past the Lions in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs, their season came to a crushing end at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on the road the following week.

You saw in the opening video how much that controversial loss meant to Tony Romo, who turned his attention to 2015 along with Cowboys Nation.

A Year to Forget...

A 2015 season that was supposed to end with Tony Romo hoisting the Lombardi Trophy instead ended with him playing in just four games. Ironically enough, two of the three wins Romo led his team to were against the Giants and Eagles in the first two weeks of the season.

Injuries ravaged the roster from top to bottom, as Jason Garrett kept his club competitive yet distant in the playoff hunt. For the offense, the second most notable absence was Dez Bryant, who was never the same after a week 1 foot injury suffered at home against the Giants.

Tony Romo: The Odyssey

The journey (so far) of Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo. Special thanks to Tek2000 for the original inspiration and some of the clips. All footage belongs to the NFL. Made solely for entertainment purposes.

The Return of Tony Romo: 2016 Aspirations

With the 2015 season being one to forget, the Dallas Cowboys have now turned their attentions to 2016.

Not only will Dez Bryant and Tony Romo be back on the field with a vengeance, but rookie Ezekiel Elliott is here and eager to become the missing element in the Cowboys' modern reincarnation of the 1990s "Triplets."

The entire team is going to try to mimic the formula that worked so well for them in 2014, which should mean great things for Romo and the offense. The idea for this Tony Romo appreciation post came from the reality of the Cowboys defense looking like it will need plenty of offensive support this season.

In reality, this article could have been written at any time, because Tony Romo is always ready for whatever challenge lies before him. If the Cowboys are going to need to put up points to win in 2016, then expect Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott - along with Brice Butler, Cole Beasley, and Terrance Williams - to rise to the occasion and bring this team back to where they want to be.

 

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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

If you're anything like me... you cannot wait for the Dallas Cowboys to step onto the football field again for training camp this month. If you're like me, you cannot wait to see what Tony Romo has in store for us on the long march toward the Super Bowl.

If you're anything like me... you know that Tony Romo is going to have a special season.

✭ To our quarterback, Cowboys Nation! ✭

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys 2016 Super Bowl Run Starts with Tony Romo" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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Devin Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

Jason Bernstein on Twitter

Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back. https://t.co/hCMYoE8fEh

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!



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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

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Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan

Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.



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DeMarcus Lawrence Named Top Free Agent Of The 2019 Class

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys 2019 free agent class. Dallas has a ton of cap space moving forward, but they are going to "have" to pay many of the key players on their roster over the next two offseasons in order to keep their young core together.

Of course, when you're drafting, that's the goal. To draft so well that when your own players become free agents, you go ahead and pay them to keep them around, rather than overpay on the free agent market for external players.

One of the major pieces the Cowboys will have to retain this offseason is defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. And while Cowboys Nation often thinks of Lawrence as underrated around the league, the NFL has caught onto his importance as he enters free agency this Spring.

ESPN.com ranked their top 10 free agents for 2019, with DeMarcus Lawrence clocking in at number one, over elite players like Jadeveon Clowney and Le'Veon Bell.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

ESPN's top 10 free agents for 2019 and what Le'Veon Bell should be looking to command based on previous measures. https://t.co/aJ7H1n001t

DeMarcus Lawrence is going to command big time money, likely even Khalil Mack-type money. But the fact of the matter is that he has earned it. Lawrence has been the heart and soul of the Cowboys defensive line the last two seasons, and the most consistent edge player on the team as well.

Not only has he been an effective pass rusher, but DeMarcus Lawrence also plays with a relentless motor against the run that can sometimes be rare to find in those premier pass rushers. He really is a jack of all trades at defensive end, and should be priority number one for the Cowboys this offseason.

Thankfully, I can't imagine the Cowboys not retaining DeMarcus Lawrence and extending him in the coming months.



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