Cowboys 'In Thick Of It,' Says Staubach

'I'm mystified why we're not all Tony Romo supporters,' says Roger Staubach, who envisions his Cowboys being 'in the thick of it' in 2015 and beyond. 'Captain America' and Memorial Day? A good time for a good conversation.



In The Thick

Legendary quarterback Roger Staubach thinks the Dallas Cowboys are on the path to recapture former glory, which will be "fun" and keep DFW (and the rest of the"America's Team'' followers) abuzz.

"In the '90s, it was a lot of fun going to work every day and having fun and watching the Cowboys win," Staubach said Thursday at a football game featuring the Wounded Warriors Amputee Flag Football Team." It looks like we're heading back again. It makes a difference."

Dallas achieved its second 12-plus-win season since 1996 the prior year. The Cowboys have only repeated as playoff participants twice in the same span. Of course, the way the Cowboys won their 12 games contributes to the buzz. When quarterback Tony Romo was healthy, the Cowboys went undefeated and he had a career year with a 113.2 passer rating through 15 games.

These are the elements which help Staubach label Romo "a winning franchise quarterback."

"I'm mystified why we're not all Tony Romo supporters," said Staubach, who captained Dallas to four Super Bowls and two victories. "He's a fantastic football player and he needs good people around him, like we all do in life."

One of those "good people" was running back DeMarco Murray, whose 1,845 rushing yards led the league and set a franchise record surpassing Emmitt Smith's 1,773 mark in 1995. This off-season, Murray left for a lucrative contract in Philadelphia worth $40 million over five years. While searching for a new running back with Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Ryan Williams, and Lance Dunbar competing with one another, the Cowboys offense stays in flux as long as the Cowboys fail to re-sign receiver Dez Bryant and the six-year pro sits out.

One thing that never fluctuates in the sports world is the attention the Cowboys receive.

"I think you either love the Cowboys or you don't like the Cowboys,'' he said. "So, we're popular. And, yes, I think the Cowboys are followed all over the country, and even when we're having a rough time, people are still watching the Cowboys."

Smile

The Hall-of-Fame quarterback, who played for Dallas from 1969-79, believes the Cowboys legend began with the club's inaugural head coach, Tom Landry, who led the team from 1960-88.

"I think it goes back to the Man in the Hat being on the sidelines, his arms crossed," said Staubach. "Coach Landry won for 20 straight years. Troy Aikman and Jerry's team in the '90s won three Super Bowls. So, they were in the thick of it. Hopefully, now we're in the thick of it again."

Onside Kicks

The Cowboys kick of OTAs on Tuesday. CHQ will take you inside Valley Ranch with the scoop on all the top stories, starting with the return of Sean Lee and Joe Randle getting first crack at the running back job. ... Adrian Peterson not showing up to Minny's OTAs this week? We feel this is more of a guaranteed-money drive than it is a dissatisfaction with the Vikings. ... The NFL playing regular-season games in Mexico or Germany by 2017. Cool - but before we start solving football in placing like Mexico City and Munich, shouldn't we solve it in Oakland and Jacksonville?




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