Back To Football: Your 2011 Cowboys Preview

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According to Forbes magazine, your Cowboys are the NFL's most valuable franchise at $1.85 billion. Second-wealthiest team on the planet behind only English soccer's Manchester United. They are also, in case you haven't noticed, in disarray. Chaotic. Disjointed. Injured. If not in a rebuilding mode, then certainly one of transition. In most seasons the Cowboys are among the pre-season Super Bowl favorites.

They usually arrive wrapped in a nice, neat storyline such as a new stadium or a new star player like Dez Bryant or Terrell Owens or Tony Romo. But after a lockout summer of uncertainty, the Cowboys reported to training camp in San Antonio without an identity, much less a unified theme.

Is the the go-for-it team that almost signed free agent Nnamdi Asomugha in attempt to be elite, or the wait-for-it team that sliced its pricey veterans in an attempt to un-do last year's disastrous 6-10?

It struck me that this year -- unlike 2010 or 2009 or 2008 or even 2007 -- my Observer Cowboys preview should mimic the team. Not smooth and flowing and whole, but rather a fragmented scatter of puzzle pieces hoping to find a successful unison.

As an irrational Cowboys homer, I've tried to squint and squeeze and contort this roster into a 10-win season. But, alas, no can do. The Cowboys are on their way to 8-8, maybe 9-7.

How will they arrive there?

The 2011 Cowboys Preview Package:


 Tony Romo's Make or Break Year

Your 2011 Fantasy Cowboys

How to Gamble on Your Home Team

A Week-by-Week Look at the 2011 Cowboys

Football's Jason Garrett is a Football Coach Who Coaches Football

Rob Ryan Sure Can Talk, But Can He Coach?


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19 comments
told you so, so many times
told you so, so many times

I thought danny white retired a long time ago are the coyboys so desperate for a qb they brought him out of retirement and gave him a new number.4 NFL head coaches fighting for their jobs never gave the ball to romo. he will never be anything but what he is like danny white the punter turned qb he is better on the bench

retool
retool

how many weeks till jones fires romo?

Scott
Scott

I don't see any logical way the Cowboys can't win 10 games this season with this schedule. Sure, the first game may be just a little risky with the new defensive scheme, injured/new offensive line, lack of secondary depth, special teams unknowns, playing against New York/America with the 9-11 pageantry, etc..

Week 1 ......... 1-0

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

You could take it a step further and just put links to OTHER people's Cowboys articles.  At least THOSE articles are well thought-out and executed.  You should get Schutze and Wilonsky to teach you a thing or two about researching, thinking through, and then writing an article.

#disappointing

Struggling
Struggling

What is the going ad rate for 1000 views?You could put a single word on each page next time in order to generate your needed revenue.I'm sure your sponsors will never catch on.

Mishon
Mishon

I'm guessing you are going to use this as all your blog posts today, even though you wrote this last week.

Kind of a meh preview for me. All of your stories are so short. You could never hang with Bill Simmons. Speaking of him, great read on the Rangers and their tv deal over on grantland.com

Last night Chris Davis became the first MLB player this year to strike out 5 times in 1 game and was so close to making it 6. Congrats Chris!

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

It struck me that this year ... my ObserverCowboys preview should mimic the team. Not smooth and flowing and whole, but rather a fragmented scatter of puzzle pieces hoping to find a successful unison.

In other words, you're mailing it in. <small>(Which we fully expected.)</small>

Reader
Reader

I don't like you.  

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

If you're the scott of old, get the hell out of here with your dumbass comments. Or go break down game film like you claimed to do once. Moron.

retool
retool

yes, yes. but, what week is romo benched?

retool
retool

nah, i would'nt ask those hacks for shite...

RJSloppy
RJSloppy

Bill Simmons is a fucking hack. The dumbass masses eat his shit up. His third-rate writing is full of schtick, Boston homer-ism, and lame pop culture references. He sucks ass. He's the perfect centerpiece to ESPN's empire of shit. He's the turd at the top of steaming bowl of feces.

Scott
Scott

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHA

retool
retool

so, essentially, he fits right in..

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

That makes you the turd at the bottom of the steaming bowl of feces?

(also, how do I unlike this? Accidentally clicked the like button.)

Mishon
Mishon

I never said I was a huge fan of Simmons, although I do enjoy some stuff he does and I like his grantland website. My point was that the length of his articles are like novels compared to how long Richie's are. Your bit is fading fast Slop...time to create a new character.

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