This year feels different than the past years to me. I think a lot of other fans are feeling it too. The blue cool-aid is being chugged and you know what? It tastes damn good. Stories that have come out of training camp have reflected a new paradigm within this team. Stories of players being humble, hungry, and focused. Stories of coaches giving respect to players that have earned it. Veterans reaching a new apex of execution (e.g., D-Ware). Young players showing hunger and talent (e.g., Dez and Bruce Lee).
The new paradigm is not an accident, but has been slowly built from the foundation up. What is the foundation? The foundation is Jason Garrett and his league of extraordinary gentlemen (e.g., Marinelli, Callahan, and old man Kiffin). They have instilled their philosophy, wisdom, and strategy into all levels of game play. From the micro-level fundamental techniques that have been calibrated and corrected all the way up to the macro-level mental techniques of focus, maturity, and intensity. The coaches just haven't obviously taught that turnovers are important. They have made it a fundamental part of the defensive mindsight at all times. In addition, the micro-level focus of actually teaching turnover techniques (e.g., stripping and peanut punches) isn't forgotten either. Every level of play is being coached.
So I keep asking myself this question: Will this be the year?
Will this be the year I don't dread the fourth quarter implosion?
Will this be the year both sides of the ball are controlled?
Will this be the year I hear a Romo-hater say, "Wow, that WAS pretty clutch. Not going to lie."?
Will this be the year I don't expect the last game of the season to be a make-or-break game?
Will this be the year...