Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Age not a factor for Cowboys
By Calvin Watkins
The Cowboys have a good core of veterans such as Jason Witten, Tony Romo and Doug Free, but they lack quality backups.
After a third consecutive 8-8 season, you have to say age isn't a factor with the Dallas Cowboys.
The average age for the Cowboys in 2013 was 26.1, and that two veterans who didn't finish the season in Will Allen (31) and Brian Waters (36). In 2012, the Cowboys' average age was 25.9.
Coaching and a lack of quality depth hurt the Cowboys in most cases the last two seasons. You can blame Tony Romo's late interception against Washington in the 2012 regular-season finale or Kyle Orton's pick in the 2013 finale against Philadelphia as other issues.
You can worry about Romo and his age -- 34 when 2014 regular season starts -- and health, recovering from back surgery, but the quarterback has young players to help him move the offense.
Coaching is a problem at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys currently have three -- head coach Jason Garrett, offensive line coach Bill Callahan, and new play caller Scott Linehan -- who have been head coaches and play callers.
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Team officials will say no.
But can these coaches, offense and defense, get the young core of this team to the next level?
If they can't, the numbers of not reaching the postseason will move to five years and counting.