In a post on FootballPros.com this week, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth lays out the Dallas Cowboys’ path to return to the Super Bowl in 2012. If it sounds like Collinsworth is calling Dallas to come out of the NFC and make it the the Super Bowl, he’s not, really.
The post is basically just a list of things that would have to go right for Dallas to go the Championship Game next year, and suffice it to say that the Cowboys’ “path to the Super Bowl in 2012”, as Collinsworth words it, is paved with “Ifs.” Big, big “ifs.”
The post can be seen by following this fancy link, but here’s our abridged version:
A) He says the offensive line must be better, and this hinges on the performance of new guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, both of whom were picked up in free agency this offseason.
The defense needs to have a stronger grasp on Rob Ryan’s defense than they did in 2011.
Highly-touted new corners Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr “MUST be Great.” (You can tell Collinsworth means it, what with all the caps.)
A pass rushing threat needs to emerge opposite DeMarcus Ware.
Collinsworth says someone “has to surprise with an unexpectedly great season,” and goes on to nominate second-year LB Bruce Carter as his candidate for the job.
So yeah, like we said... ‘Lotta big “ifs.”
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