Dallas Cowboys are sending four players to the NFL Pro Bowl, one of the few bright spots during a disaster of a season, according to NFL.
Earlier today, the NFL announced that kicker Dan Bailey, center Travis Frederick, guard Zack Martin, and offensive tackle Tyron Smith would represent the Cowboys at the Pro Bowl.
One of the biggest threats that Dallas has is their ultra accurate kicker. If you can make it past enemy territory, then Bailey is going to give you a tremendous chance at scoring points.
When Frederick was chosen in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, people mocked the Dallas Cowboys for reaching. They now have the last laugh as Travis is a perennial Pro Bowl player.
Martin isn’t the type of player that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likes to choose in the first round, but the bulldozer of a guard will be one of the foundations for his offensive line for the next several years.
If you take a look at top ten lists of NFL offensive tackles, then you’re going to see Smith on there quite a bit. At just 25-years-old, Tyron is the prototype when it comes to franchise left tackles.
Some have noted that the Dallas Cowboys offensive line regressed a bit this season, which they have, but the trio of Frederick, Martin and Smith have helped get a lot of production out of Darren McFadden.
The lack of a quality passing game, thanks in part to the multiple collarbone injuries suffered by starting quarterback Tony Romo, enabled defenses to focus more of their attack against the rushing game.
When defenses can stack the box against the run, it makes the offensive line look not as impressive as they were when before Murray walked away from the Cowboys to join the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rookie guard La’el Colllins showed some tremendous athleticism this season. While he did appear lost at times when defensive coordinators went with exotic blitzes, Collins should overcome that some day and join Travis, Zack and Tyron at the Pro Bowl.
Dallas is used to sending multiple players to the NFL Pro Bowl each year, even when they are not doing well in the standings. There are some notable omissions, as there are with every team.
Had Romo not been injured twice, he more than likely would have competed with MVP candidates Cam Newton, Russell Wilso,n and Aaron Rodgers for one of the three NFC spots.
Not having Tony around also hurt Jason Witten and his chances of making another Pro Bowl appearances. He still managed to haul in 70 receptions, despite playing with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel for most of the year.
Dez Bryant was also affected by the loss of Tony Romo. However, he also had to deal with his own injuries, which kept him off the field for several games. Bryant also had trouble gelling with Weeden and Cassel.
Defensively, the Dallas Cowboys were not able to send anyone to the Pro Bowl, even though the unit is ranked in the top ten in the NFL. No one really stood out enough to warrant attention from the fans, coaches and players.
Jerry Jones was hoping that Greg Hardy would have returned to Pro Bowl form when he signed him to a risky contract. While he played solidly, it was not enough for him to beat out Ezekiel Ansah and Michael Bennett.
Sean Lee and Rolando McClain developed chemistry late in the season. They were both solid, but they were nowhere near as good as the NFC linebackers that were voted in.
During a season as bad as this, sending four players to the Pro Bowl is a win for the Dallas Cowboys.
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