The Dallas Cowboys crowd is typically hyped up with optimism, but this year is extra exciting.
The team won 12 games in each of the last two seasons, despite having one of the NFL’s most talented teams, but they haven’t reached the NFC Championship Game since the 1995 season, when they also won the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys have added wide receiver Brandin Cooks as well as top cornerback Stephon Gilmore this season.
According to reporter Michael Gehlken, head coach Mike McCarthy is particularly happy with Gilmore’s performance in training camp thus far.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on CB Stephon Gilmore: He s been everything we thought he would be and then some. He s a great fit for us. I really love his professionalism. pic.twitter.com/s1vvlKeHfi
Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 3, 2023
The Cowboys defense was excellent overall last season, ranking seventh in points allowed, but there is opportunity for improvement.
Gilmore will provide them with a scary secondary that features Trevon Diggs, who has made the Pro Bowl in two of his three seasons in the league and was also named to the All-Pro First Team in 2021.
Gilmore has been named to five Pro Bowls and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, a year after winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.
Dallas has a lot of talent on offense, thanks to Cooks, standout wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, and budding running back Tony Pollard.
However, it is up to quarterback Dak Prescott to lead them to the promised land.
He has a history of failing to rise to the occasion in important games, despite leading the NFL with 15 interceptions last season.
For the Cowboys to go all the way, he will have to step up his game as well as his teammates’.