After a phenomenal 2016 regular season, the Cowboys have a great foundation to build on.

2016 saw a Dallas Cowboys team unlike any in recent years. The Cowboys were focused, determined, ignored distractions, and did it all under circumstances that should have given them another 4-12 season. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott performed in a way no one in the NFL expected. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (with the help of the offensive line) propelled the offense to new heights.

Defensively, although the Cowboys need help in their pass rush, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was able to inspire the secondary to play at a level that saw them as the number one in the NFL by the end of the season. The Cowboys had the best rush defense in the league and played under the mantra of a “no name defense.”




2017 Dallas Cowboys

With 2016 behind the Cowboys, several questions remain for 2017. Can Dak and Zeke have a repeat of their success in 2016 or will they have a sophomore slump? What underrated defensive player will rise to the occasion next season? Are they any players in the draft the Cowboys should be gunning for? Dak and Romo have both lost playoff games, why don’t the receive the same level of blame? Do the Cowboys have to prove themselves against the New York Giants to be considered a legitimate contender in 2017?

Pro Football Spot’s Dallas Cowboys lead writer and NFC East division manager, Lauren Lapaglia answers all of these questions on Rivalry Radio’s Valentine’s Day edition podcast. Click the play button below as she dives in to all the unanswered questions about 2017.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Lapaglia is a lifelong Cowboys fan and is the NFC East Division Manager, Dallas Cowboys lead writer and marketer for Pro Football Spot. For more Cowboys content, follow her on Twitter @scullyspeaks and the Cowboys on PFS @spotcowboys. You can also LIKE our Facebook page HERE.