LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Roger Staubach is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. And like most fans of America’s Team, he’s a bit disappointed. But unlike most fans, he thinks this still could be a big year for Jerry Jones’ franchise if a few chips fall in their favor.
Appropriately, the Hall of Fame quarterback and Vietnam veteran joined Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on Veteran’s Day to speak about his service in the United States Navy and the modern version of the team on which he spent 11 seasons under center.
Staubach joked he’s losing a little bit of credibility because he keeps wanting an inconsistent Dallas squad exceed expectations.
He said injuries have played a paramount part in the mediocre play in Dallas over the past decade, but was quick to point out all NFL teams face the same obstacle. The bigger issue in Staubach’s eyes is the play of the 11 men on the opposite side of the ball of which he is familiar.
“Defense this year has really hurt them,” said Staubach. “They’ve lost some players on defense, but they’ve given up some record yardage in games. And that keeps the offense off the field.”
Dallas’ inability to stop opposing offenses has crippled their ability to put what Staubach believes is their best weapon on the field.
“I think they have a really find quarterback in Tony Romo and they need to take advantage of that,” he said. “And they’ve got a couple of really good receivers.”
Staubach says that like the an under-performing defense, the running game has been inconsistent primarily due to injuries.
Inconsistent or not, he believes the Cowboys still have a chance at making a solid playoff run. To make his case, he pointed to the 2011 New York Giants who slid into the playoffs at 9-7 and went on to upset the New England Patriots and hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl XLVI champions.
“What happened there is their players got healthy at the end,” said Staubach. “You gotta get your players where they’re healthy at the end of the year if you’re going to get into the playoffs and that could maybe happen to Dallas this year.”
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