Speaking as a fan of the Cowboys, and not as a blind and rabid one, my hopes are high. A 10-6 season would be a big boost to my confidence. Romo's not my guy, but remember, I go back to the days of Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Aikman. I'm not sure anyone will ever replace those guys in the lexicon of Cowboydom.
I don't dislike Romo. He has the skills, yes, but I just don't think he has the leadership required to turn an offense around.
I prefer the defensive side of the ball, anyway. DeMarcus Ware is my god. Since I met Bob Lilly when I was a senior in high school, there hasn't been another defensive player who comes close in my estimation, with maybe the exception of the late Harvey Martin.
Across the board, I believe the Cowboys are stronger. They are a little suspect with injury-prone Felix Jones as their lead running back, but the O-Line and a better passing game will help. Tashard Choice is a darned good replacement for Jones as the primary running back.
What Cowboys fans have learned, if we've been paying attention over the last decade-plus, is that other teams have deserved the wins they've had, not because of bad luck, bad coaching, or the refs, but because several other teams have simply been much better. This has been a hard admission to swallow for a lot of lifelong Cowboys fans since the 1960s, Jerry Jones' opinion notwithstanding.
I'm certain of one thing. Locally, not much will matter on the Dallas sports scene once September rolls around. Yes, we love our Mavs and our Rangers, but until February, it's about the Cowboys.
*All terms in quotation marks are the inventions of my favorite sports talk guy in Dallas, Randy Galloway, a homegrown guy who still has enough brain cells to remember what football is supposed to be about.