I was watching the Champions League football (soccer) match this week between Manchester City and Real Madrid and was amazed at just how many potential game winners were on both teams. Now whilst I accept there is no 'cap' in football and money talks, it did get me wondering about the game-changers that are present on the Cowboys team. I keep hearing that the Cowboys are massively talented, but which players are making the plays that win games.
My opinion - there really aren't that many!
Start with the defense: Obviously DeMarcus Ware is going to the Hall of Fame and he continues to scare the cr*p out of opposing QBs. Slight concern that the sacks rarely seem to come at the business end of games, but no way you can't class Ware as a play maker. Even more important to the Cowboys is Sean Lee. The man does everything and is a natural leader. Within 3 years, this guy is going to be one of the best in the NFL at any position. That's it however. There is potential elsewhere, but we simply CANNOT rely on anyone else to regularly make plays.
Now the offense: Tony Romo. Is there really anyone else? OK DeMarco Murray is getting there. When he gets the ball more than 20 times, we win, when he doesn't we lose. BUT, he's not exactly entering the endzone with Emmit Smith like regularity. And what about our fabled receiving corps. Since the beginning of last year, do you know how many 100 yd games Witten/Austin/Bryant have put together? Two! And in the last fourteen games? None! Robinson/Ogletree have chipped in with 4 during that time. I tried to find a comparison. Since the beginning of last season Matt Ryan has thrown for roughly the same number of yards as Romo. During that time the Atlanta receiving corps has managed 15 100yd receiving games. We need to stop talking up our receivers until they actually deliver!
Conclusion - At present, the Cowboys have a handful of playmakers at best. I'm not sure that is enough to win the division, let alone a Superbowl.