The Cowboys only own four playoff victories since 2000 — much to the chagrin of team owner Jerry Jones. Although one of the most recognizable brands in sports, Dallas has failed to reach the heights of the 1990s. Could the franchise return to the Super Bowl this season?
The Cowboys asserted dominance when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin roamed the gridiron and brought home three Super Bowl trophies in four seasons. This is the mountain top current head coach Mike McCarthy must climb in 2023.
Armed with arguably the best defensive player in the NFL — Micah Parsons — the Cowboys are already working with hot grease on defense. Not to mention Dan Quinn’s Super Bowl pedigree himself, as he enters Year 3 as defensive coordinator in Dallas.
On the other side of the ball, Dak Prescott carries the torch. While several NFL fans love to dunk on Prescott any time he fails, the former fourth-round pick has blossomed into one of the better starting quarterbacks in the league.
Ezekiel Elliott no longer leads the backfield, but that serves as the only key loss to the offense. Tony Pollard will take over full-time atop the depth chart, while rookie Deuce Vaughn figures to have an immediate role as a change-of-pace back.
The weapons don’t stop there. CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and the newly-acquired Brandin Cooks spearhead a wide receiver room with as much depth as any in the NFL. Add some health to the offensive line, and the Cowboys should be firing on all cylinders.
Let’s dig a little deeper by highlighting three reasons why Dallas can return to the glory of yesteryear. Without further ado, the list begins with a player capable of winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2023.