Dallas Cowboys came up short again in 2013 missing the playoffs by just one win. They finished with an 8-8 record, but went 5-1 in the NFC East division. The offense was led by quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant. Too many times they abandoned the running game and resulted in some tough close losses. DeMarco Murray had a career year rushing for over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dallas has upgraded its offensive line, so maybe a more steady dose of Murray could be in the horizon.
The defense was the problem for much of 2013. Monte Kiffin was hired as defensive coordinator in 2013 and is back for 2014. He uses a cover 2 scheme and the combination of not having the correct personnel and injuries to key starters bit them in the back side. It's hard to play zone coverage with guys whose strengths are man coverage (Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne). Kiffin needs to find a way to get the most out of what he has and incorporate each players strength within the scheme. If not, Dallas could have a repeat of last year's defense: unable to defend against the big pass plays. Hopefully several of the players listed below can help the Cowboys defense turn things around.