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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Will "Winning Chemistry" Take Cowboys To Super Bowl?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Expectations are high for Cowboys as they enter training camp; Cowboys believe last year’s ‘winning chemistry’ is still in place; Cowboys have to handle the hype.

Original photo courtesy of BTB
Original photo courtesy of BTB

Moore: Expectations are high for Cowboys as they enter training camp | Dallas Morning News
David Moore, in contrast to some of his colleagues, has no issues giving credit where credit is due:

Jason Garrett has methodically put this team in place. He has overseen a reclamation project in the offensive line, is now doing the same with the defensive line and has established a culture of accountability that appears to be sustainable.

"I think culture is really everything in any organization,’’ Garrett said. "You’re trying to build your organization, build your football team the right way with the right kind of people and do things right each and every day. ...

"Not every guy who comes here is a finished product, but hopefully the culture we’ve established here will help them to grow and develop and become the right kind of guy.’’

Dallas Cowboys Believe Last Year’s ‘Winning Chemistry’ is Still in Place - The Sports Journal
Dan Roth writes that the Cowboys are heading into training camp with a newfound sense of optimism. So much so that rumblings of a winning culture are emanating from within the Cowboys organizations.

"I’ve always thought that chemistry is a hard thing to find, that winning chemistry," executive vice president Stephen Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I think last year we found something special. We’ve got to keep that."

"I think we have the right leadership group that will bring that to the table," Jones said. "I think good things are going to happen for this group of men.’’

Skip Bayless predicts 'motivated' Cowboys will make it to the Super Bowl | Dallas Morning News
Last week, Skip Bayless gave his pre-training camp predictions of who will be headed to the Super Bowl this season, and chose the Cowboys and Patriots as his favorites. The DMN has the transcript:

"I'm going to pick my two Super Bowl teams strictly on motivation. One of my teams last year got robbed, and the other, I believe, got jobbed. The team that got robbed was my Dallas Cowboys. It was a catch - we all know it was a catch at Lambaeu Field...I don't need to beat it to death because they know (points to camera), that I know, that they know it was a catch."

"We know how explosive this team will be on offense. And I'll say it again, Darren McFadden will be a revelation this year because you will see just how great the line is. It can make a star, or near star, even out of an aging Darren McFadden - who i think still has a lot of tread left on tires that can really haul."

Twitter mailbag: Dallas Cowboys have to handle hype - Todd Archer, ESPN
Todd Archer discusses expectations for the 2015 Cowboys and provides some perspective on how previous iterations of the team dealt with those same expectations.

Question: Are there worries within the organization about the amount of hype and high expectations surrounding the team?

Archer: I was asked something like this a couple of times, especially when looking back to 2008 and 2010 when those Cowboys failed to reach the playoffs after making it the previous years. The 2008 team had a sense of entitlement from the beginning and fell apart from within at the end of the season. The 2010 team just played poorly even before Tony Romo broke his collarbone. That was an aging team.

To me, the 2015 version is different because it's a young team that still doesn't know what it doesn't really know. And I believe coach Jason Garrett has a better feel for how to push the right buttons for a team that has experienced a little bit of success.

There is always hype and high expectations around the Cowboys. Sometimes players need ear plugs and blinders to fight through it, but if the Cowboys don't make the playoffs this year, I don't think it will be because they bought into the hype and expectations.


Why La'el Collins Has Everything to Prove in Cowboys' Training Camp | John Owning, Bleacher Report
Owning argues that Collins has a ton to prove at camp, ironically because the Cowboys don't really need him.

Collins will have a ton to prove because the Cowboys don't have to have him start. The Cowboys could still go with Leary and have the best offensive line in football. Nevertheless, the prospect of starting Collins could improve the Cowboys in pass protection without giving up anything in the run department.

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast standout Reshod Fortenberry headed to camp with Dallas Cowboys |
Fortenberry, a former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College standout is headed to camp in Oxnard after being signed as a walk-on after rookie minicamp.

Fortenberry impressed the team with his play during a rookie minicamp. According to published reports, he was an excellent in pass protection and held his own. Although listed at guard, Fortenberry can and does play offensive tackle.


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