It's been a long offseason for everyone given that it realistically began on Thanksgiving after the Cowboys' went winless without Tony Romo and then tragedy struck again when he played on Turkey Day. We all know that Tony Romo is the pulse of this team and when you lose him and your All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, things are going awry, to say the least. There has been a lot of things the organization has said to its fans over this offseason. They've committed even further to their offensive philosophy in drafting Ezekiel Elliott. They've let us know that they will not overpay for free agents and will not tolerate volatile behavior that disrupts the locker room. They've essentially done everything possible to convince us that last year was an anomaly that should be thrown into the waste basket.
Still, with all that has been or has not been done, the answers won't come for another few months. We know how important it is for guys like Romo, Elliott, and Bryant to start hot, heck, you may as well lump the majority of the offensive players in there. However, we ask, who are players that just have to step up and make an impact. It can be any player on the team that you feel if that guy plays well enough, this team will be in great shape. Who does this team need most and what must they do? I'll start with a few examples and leave the rest to you in the comment section.
Sean Lee, WLB
The other day my colleague, Danny Phantom, talked about how Sean Lee could take the defense to the next level. He couldn't be any more correct in that assessment. Lee was robbed of the 2014 season and when you see how selfless this guy truly is for the betterment of the team, it makes you want to root for this guy even harder than you have before. He has become a nice fit at weakside linebacker and 2015 saw him make his very first Pro Bowl, his response:
"No. I mean you want to win," Lee said. "I’d like to play 16 games and for us to get on a roll and really have a shot in the playoffs and be competing for a championship. Last year, going into the year, we thought that was the position we were going to be in. Unfortunately, we weren’t. How we respond from that…. We know we have the guys. We know we can be in that position, but we have to battle adversity and get back on track."
"I’m training him like it’s his opening season. I’m going to grind on him, he needs the work to get better. He’s getting a lot of looks and he’ll continue to get that"
"A bunch of them," he said. "When I look at it, I look at maybe a play on second down where I could have held my blocks longer and made it better for us in the third-down situation, things like that that can help the team win. Those small things, things like that I’m going to be really focusing on that I don’t make those mistakes next year."