Hall of Fame quarterback and Dallas Cowboys deity Troy Aikman is now an NFL analyst for FOX. As such, he recently took to analyzing his old team on a conference call to ring in the 2013 season.
The verdict: Aikman believes health could be an issue for Dallas and, indeed, every team in the NFC East, and that the Cowboys could go 6-10, or 10-6, a broad, wide-ranging prediction that (we suppose) speaks to the many question marks that remain throughout the Cowboys’ roster.
“Going into the season, within the division, I think each one of those teams certainly has question marks, health being a factor for all four teams," Aikman said, per the Dallas Morning News.
“As it relates to Dallas, yeah, I could see them winning 10 games this year, I could see them winning six games this year. That’s probably true for a lot of teams as you look at them, regardless of the division that they’re in. Dallas, the problems they’ve had, they have not been good up front on the offensive line. They have not protected their quarterback very well. Their defense has not played to the level that has certainly been expected. They’ve changed their scheme this year and gone to the 4-3 defense.
“Monte Kiffin coming in, there was some skepticism, I guess, when that hire was made. But through the preseason, that group has been doing the things that they hired him to come in and be able to do, stop people in the red zone and create takeaways. Rod Marinelli getting that group playing.
“They’ve got some pieces. But they got to stay healthy and they got to keep their quarterback upright. DeMarco Murray is a guy who can run the ball well if he’s given a chance if he can stay healthy. There’s a lot of those types of question marks I think for the Cowboys as well as each of these other teams that are within the NFC East.”
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