5 Reasons Cowboys Fans Should Be Excited for the 2015 NFL Season

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The NFL off-season is one of the longest gaps in professional sports schedules. This drought of football has been very tiresome, but Cowboys fans have plenty to be excited about. Below, I have compiled a short list of five reasons Cowboys fans should be excited going into the 2015 NFL season.

1. Dez Bryant’s Contract

Bryant’s future with the Dallas Cowboys proved to be very cloudy after the Dallas front office stamped their #1 WR with the “franchise tag” during the free agency period. Although it was a very bold move, Bryant threatened to sit out pre-season and a couple of regular season games if the “franchise tag” remained as his contract status. To sum things up, Bryant inked his long-term deal, securing his place with the Dallas Cowboys for five more years.

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2. Elite Offensive Line

Now, DeMarco Murray had a great rushing season last year but most of the credit needs to go to the offensive line. The Cowboys had the NFL’s best offensive line in 2014, and they’ve added more strength this offseason with the addition of rookie La’el Collins. Collins gives Dallas four first-round caliber players up front, if he beats out Ronald Leary at left guard. Regardless of who starts, Dallas’ offensive line will be the best in the league once again.

3. Another Year Under Coach Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett: most scrutinized coach in the NFL. That was the storyline prior to last season when he led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and a playoff win. Now just six months removed from signing a five-year contract, Garrett is in Dallas for the long haul. Cowboys fans should feel good about placing their faith in his hands for years to come.

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4. Return of Sean Lee

Dallas’ defense was formidable at best last season. Injuries didn’t help the cause, especially Sean Lee suffering a torn ACL. Lee is on track to be 100% this season,  With Lee back as a centerpiece of the defense, Dallas could rank in the top 15 in defense this season. Lee’s return should excite Cowboys fans big time.

5. New Running Game

With Murray no longer in the backfield, Cowboys fans will turn their attention to Joseph Randle. Along with Darren McFadden, Randle will attempt to replace All-Pro DeMarco Murray in Dallas, which is no easy task. On the bright side, Randle averaged 6.7 yards per carry last season and showed incredible vision and speed on numerous runs. He’s a home run threat on almost every carry and should be exciting to watch running behind this offensive line.

The Dallas Cowboys are legit Super Bowl contenders. As long as Dallas keeps its intensity up and cancels out the noise from the media, this team will have a great chance at making a better playoff run than last year.

Go Cowboys!

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Good Pick, Dallas

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I have to admit, I was flipping back-and-forth between the NFL Draft and the Spurs/Clippers game (which is going to Game 7, this Saturday). However, this year’s NFL Draft was a little more interesting, based on which direction the Cowboys would go.

Last night, the Dallas Cowboys selected Jameis Winston Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones. Great move by the front office to beef up the defense!

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Rookie Byron Jones at the 2015 NFL Combine

The star of the NFL Scouting Combine jumped from under-the-radar prospect to first-round pick after testing well and showing scouts he could cover better than everyone thought. Jones fills a huge need on the Cowboys‘ defense, and his versatility will allow him to play a number of spots in the secondary.

As of now, the Cowboys are not expecting to pay CB Brandon Carr what he wants and CB Morris Claiborne has yet to live up to his draft potential.

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CB Morris Claiborne

Jerry Jones expressed his concern regarding the need to fill in the gaps on defense. Well, the organization stuck by his words.

Jones, who had eight career interceptions, brings help in the secondary and allows the Cowboys to look at other needs in the later rounds. The Cowboys allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 66.5 percent of their passes in 2014. I’m pretty sure the Cowboys hope Jones can improve that stat a lot in 2015.

CB Byron Jones is coming off shoulder surgery, but should be ready to go in offseason training.

Go Cowboys!

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You Live to Fight Another Day (Dallas Mavericks)

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Last night, the Dallas Mavericks were on the brink of getting swept by the Houston Rockets. Thank goodness J.J. Barea kept the Mavs’ energy level up the entire night to move on to Game 5.

You would think the Mavericks would shut it down after being down 3 games, riddled with the injury of Chandler Parsons, and the sudden absence of Rajon Rondo from the Mavericks lineup. However, Dallas put all the pressure on their back and rose to the challenge.

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Coach Rick Carlisle and Rajon Rondo

 

I, personally, believe the Rockets took it easy on the Mavericks in order to close out the series in their hometown of Houston this Tuesday. One thing for certain is that Mavs fans can breathe a sigh of relief after avoiding being a victim of the dreaded, playoff series sweep.

A major part of the Mavericks’ new energy level can be attributed to the dismissal of Rajon Rondo. Bad blood between Coach Rick Carlisle and Rondo has affected the chemistry of the Mavericks’ success. Due to both individuals possessing an NBA championship, this most likely created a “proud” energy among the two. Although Rondo is a champion on the player level, he has found it very difficult to buy into Carlisle’s “championship-formula” on the coaching level.

“Mavs fans can breathe a sigh of relief…”

From the outside-looking-in, the Mavericks still have a chance with Rondo out of the picture. The only problem is our matchups. Dwight Howard has outplayed Tyson Chandler every night of this series. James Harden will always be an issue against our guards; although, Al-Farouq Aminu did a great job on defense last night. Lastly, Corey Brewer and Josh Smith are willing to be the X-factor in this series.

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Al-Farouq Aminu

Dallas has met a Houston team that can go toe-to-toe with them in every position. If this series extends to Game 6 or 7, Houston may need to close this out as soon as possible. Dallas is playing desperate, which is bad news for the Rockets.

Go Mavs!

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