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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My Visit to AT&T Stadium

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This past weekend, I spent the eve of my birthday (June 14th) visiting AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. I recommend a tour of the stadium for fans of all NFL teams, architects, and people who enjoy sports. This tour included visits to Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones’ “man-cave”, mid- and field-level suites, as well as the Dallas Cowboys’ and Cheerleaders’ Locker Rooms. At the end of the tour, I was able to walk around the field and take pictures as long as I wanted.

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Surprised to see Mo Claiborne’s locker shared with Cowboys offensive assistant Kevin Carberry. #24 can possibly be on his way out of the door soon.

I’ve attended a couple Dallas Cowboys games and NCAA March Madness events at AT&T Stadium, but I’m pretty sure the best way to see the stadium is embarking on a tour.

Check out additional pictures from the tour below:

Cowboys Cheerleaders Locker Room

Cowboys Cheerleaders Locker Room

Cowboys Locker Room

Cowboys Locker Room

Cowboys Tunnel

Cowboys Tunnel

Miller Lite Club

Miller Lite Club

Mid-level Suites

Mid-level Suites

"Jerry's Box"

“Jerry’s Box”

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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Making Moves (Dallas Cowboys)

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Before the surprising departure of DeMarco Murray, I mentioned two choices the Cowboys could make in regards to Murray’s future with Dallas.

Well, if you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the month of March…Murray is now a Philadelphia Eagle. In addition, the Cowboys have picked up Darren McFadden to secure the RB position for now.

Darren McFadden and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Do you really think the Dallas Cowboys are going to ride themselves into the playoffs with Darren McFadden? He’s a decent running back, but we really need consistency in our backfield. Murray was a fumble machine this past year. I guess his season performance in yards was enough to blind us from really focusing on his fumbling tendencies. McFadden’s potential seems to pick up where DeMarco’s fumble-itis left off.

Today (and this is not an April Fool’s joke), the Dallas Cowboys announced they will restructure Tony Romo’s contract. You know, I expected his contract to be restructured before Murray left. This makes me focus on Brandon Carr refusing to take a pay cut. I understand guys may not want to accept a pay cut; but when it’s for the greater good, it may turn out to be a great decision in the long run.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston

Since Romo has helped increase the salary cap, Cowboys fans can have high hopes for the front office picking up a decent rookie running back, quarterback, or even cornerback. I’ve always voiced my preference for Jameis Winston in the Cowboys lineup one day, but it may be impossible due to the Cowboys’ high-numbered draft picks.

I’m glad the Cowboys front office is really turning this organization around for the better. We should expect to see more of this positive energy within the Cowboys organization as the season approaches.

Go Cowboys!

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Farewell, DeMarco

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DeMarco Murray made his final decision today, signing a contract with Dallas Cowboys’ rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Three months ago, I wouldn’t have believed this would occur in the off-season. Especially after Murray’s great season in clinching the rushing title for the 2014-2015 NFL season.

As Cowboys’ fans, we must move forward. It is perfectly fine to feel disappointed at the organization for today’s situation. However, this is what the organization asked for. They played “chicken” with DeMarco. And let’s just say, Murray swerved out of the way to land in Philadelphia.

The current team is now (not surprisingly) dismantled at the running back position. Plus, I have a scary feeling the Dallas Cowboys may continue to pursue Adrian Peterson. First, I thought we had a good chance at drafting or securing a decent backup quarterback; but now, the running game is our main priority. I’m pretty sure the Cowboys organization will soon realize how much Murray meant to the offense’s success. And to make matters worse, we will face Murray and the Eagles’ spread offense twice in the regular season.

If the Cowboys’ dominance in their regular season match-ups gave them an edge over Philly, they need to think again because this Eagles team has a brand new face. I expect for the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry to live up to its hype and even more next season. Hopefully the Cowboys will make great improvements in personnel, because Philadelphia is thinking about the playoffs as we speak!

Until next time.

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