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    Dallas Cowboys: What’s the Future of This Football Team?

    The Dallas Cowboys aren't exactly out of the playoff race just yet. However, the belief of it being real is truly all but gone without the likes of . In the third quarter, Romo was sacked by Thomas Davis and he rolled on the same shoulder he rolled on in Week 2. Romo re-injured his clavicle and is now out for the year.

    Going into the season, the Cowboys were a team that was destined to do great things. Sure they didnt have a bell-cow back like , but the improved and pieces were brought in on that would make the unit much, much improved.

    And despite the Cowboys' 3-8 record, all things have fallen into place for the Cowboys. The offensive line has been good for the majority of the year, has emerged as a quality , has turned into a stud, the combination of and has been astounding, and the has progressed. However, the Cowboys have lacked quality play outside of their victory against the .

    With Romo out for the year, the Cowboys need to start thinking about the future. How can this team improve? What needs to be the emphasis? What moves need to be made for this team to compete in 2016 and in the future? These are all questions that will need to be answered over the .

    Romo now has had four major . The herniated disc being one, and the three others being the left clavicle. With that being said, it's time for the Cowboys to look to the draft to find their quarterback of the future. Dallas needs to develop their successor at the quarterback position. Unfortunately, supply doesn't necessarily meet demand in this draft, as there aren't many quarterbacks that are surefire studs.

    Next on the list comes at the position. receives too much attention from opposing secondaries. The Cowboys need a receiver that has the ability to take the top off the defense, something similar to a , someone I advocated for a few years back. can't do this. Williams is a body-catcher and the need is there for the Cowboys to improve at the position.

    It never hurts to add more pressure. It's yet to be seen what the Cowboys will do with . They've said time and time again that they'd like to re-sign him, but a lot goes into this equation. Hardy has been a huge headache since he's joined the team and committing to a long-term deal with the player could mean some problems.

    hasn't had as good of a season as I'd like, but he's still a guy that has a ton of potential to be a real good player here for a long time. is another guy that has shown promise, he just needs time to develop. is a special player in the middle of the defensive line, but he needs help. The Cowboys need to find someone that is simply a bigger force than .

    The Cowboys will have a big decision with . The fourth-year veteran has looked good in 2015, but he was horrible for his first three seasons in Dallas. Do the Cowboys want to pay him long-term money? Byron Jones has been impressive, but the goal is to move Jones long-term to . If that's the case, as well as the likely of , the Cowboys will be in the market for a .

    The key to sustaining a winning franchise in today's NFL is by drafting players who can make an impact on your team. The Cowboys have a ton of pieces in place, but for them to turn into that team they believe they can be, they need to continue to win in the draft and make the right personnel decisions.

    Fortunately, the Cowboys have a realistic shot of winning the next season. However, this team will live and die by their quarterback, as we've seen in 2015. If he is playing, this Cowboys team will be a real tough one to beat.

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    Ryan Ratty
    Ryan Ratty
    An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

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