It says something – and something good – when you consider the worst starter on the Cowboys’ offense in 2014 will be … Ron Leary?
While Leary fights with Mackenzy Bernadeau for the starting left guard position, the rest of the starters seem set and above-average. From Tony Romo at quarterback to DeMarco Murray at running back to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten and Tyron Smith and first-round pick Zack Martin, the offense is loaded.
Worst player on the defense? Is it an 11-way tie?
As long as Romo’s back holds up and new play-caller Scott Linehan fits in, the Cowboys should have their best offense since the 2007 unit finished second in the NFL in scoring and led them to a 13-3 season.
“With all of that, I do feel very good about it,” owner Jerry Jones said Monday at training camp in Oxnard, California. “I don’t know that you can feel any better.”
The Cowboys were fifth in scoring last season. Romo should be healthier. The offensive line will be a year older and, in theory, a year better. Only Witten is showing signs of age. All the other starters should be on the uptick. Of course the Cowboys will have to score 35 points to win most games, but that’s not out of the question most weeks.
“We were feeling pretty good about our offenses (in the ‘90s),” Jones said. “But I don’t know other than that time, maybe that ’07 time, that I felt any better about it than now.”
If there’s hope for the Cowboys this season, it rests on the offense.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.