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TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Is The Cowboys Offense Improved In 2014?

Forget about Sean Lee’s injury (at least for now). The Cowboys offense averaged 27.4 points per game in 2013, good for 5th in the NFL. But could they actually be better in 2014? We give the arguments on both sides and break it down here!
Improved
Regressed
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Quarterback
Romo was solid in 2013 (31 TD, 10 INT), and the Cowboys added a potential sleeper in backup Brandon Weeden as Kyle Orton ponders his future.
Winner The 34-year-old Romo underwent back surgery in December to repair a bulging disc, and the backup QB position is uncertain as Kyle Orton ponders walking away.
Offensive Line
Winner Dallas used its first round pick to select a stud in Zack Martin, who will likely start the season at guard. Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith are only getting better.
Remember when the Cowboys considered releasing Doug Free? He simply can't repeat his 2013 season at right tackle. If he falters, so will the Cowboys offense.
Running Back
Winner A healthy DeMarco Murray will be motivated in his contract year, and Lance Dunbar will also return. Adding an upside guy like Ryan Williams (former 2nd round pick) adds depth.
DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar are injury prone, and Joseph Randle didn't show anything in his rookie season. Williams is a project. Hard to see improvement here.
WR/TE
Winner Dez Bryant continues to improve, and the team added another potential weapon in 6'3" WR Devin Street. The athletic Gavin Escobar will also be called on in 2014.
The Cowboys don't have a proven No. 3 WR, and relying on Gavin Escobar to play a significant role is dangerous -- especially with Witten being another year older.
Coaching
Scott Linehan brings experience and a different perspective to a Cowboys offensive staff that already includes Bill Callahan and Jason Garrett. Can't hurt to add experience, right?
Winner There are too many voices in the offense, particularly if Tony Romo is to have a significant role. Will Garrett watch quietly if the offense falters, and what exactly does Bill Callahan do? Expect a blowup at some point.

The Winner Is

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Winner Improved
3 out of 5

The Cowboys added another young stud along the offensive line, which should help Tony Romo and the running game. If Romo stays healthy, the Dallas offense could be elite in 2014.

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