The Dallas Cowboys are going into the season with new coordinators on both offense and defense. There have been some departures and injuries on the defensive side, but on offense they’ve drafted heavily along the offensive line in recent years, including guard Zack Martin in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Aside from that they have a future Hall of Famer in Jason Witten at tight end, Tony Romo at quarterback, a superstar at wide receiver in Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray coming off a 1,000 yard season. All of this has Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones pretty excited about the upcoming season, the most excited he has been since the 2007 season.
“I was pretty excited in ’07,” Jones said Monday, via the Dallas Morning News. “I was pretty excited about that group. I think a couple of you [reporters] chastised me for even referring back to the middle ‘90s with that group, but I was pretty excited about it. And they did well.
“I really will tell you that I could see by tweaking this thing a little bit, and of course if Tony [Romo] stays healthy and can stay healthy into the playoffs, which we didn’t have happen for us on the offense, then we had a good offense last year. You might take exception to that, but we did. I think we’ve definitely enhanced our ability over on offense, enhanced our talent. I think we’ve really enhanced things by Linehan coming in, and we know we’ve got a great coach in Bill Callahan.
“With all of that, I do feel very good about it. I don’t know that you can feel any better. I know one year we won the Super Bowl, the next year we got beat two in a row starting it off and we didn’t have that No. 22. He acted like he wanted some money or something. No, seriously, anyway, we were feeling pretty good about our offense then. But I don’t know other than that time, maybe that ’07 time, that I felt any better about it.”
The 2007 season saw the Cowboys finish 13-3 and earn a first round bye as the NFC’s top seed. They lost in their first playoff game against the New York Giants who went on to win the Super Bowl.