Jun 12, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talks with Gerald Sensabaugh (43) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys Offseason 2012: Training Camp Begins Monday

The NFL season is just around the corner, as the Cowboys will kick off their season on July 30 with practices in Oxnard, California.

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2012 Cowboys Predictions: Why Dallas Will Make The Playoffs

Whether or not the window is closing on the Cowboys to make a Super Bowl run has been a fun debate this offseason, but SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber tells you here, why the Boys will indeed make the playoffs:

The Cowboys will make the playoffs because they exorcised the demons in their secondary that sunk them in a Week 17 game against the Giants. Football Outsiders notes that Dallas was ranked 30th against the pass on third downs and allowed an average of 7.1 yards per pass when the quarterback made a throw when escaping pressure. The addition of free agent cornerback Brandon Carr and first-round pick Morris Claiborne vastly improves a unit that relied on Terence Newman to help opposing passers pad their Pro Bowl resumes.

Read more on the Cowboys at Blogging the Boys and SB Nation Dallas. Head over to the NFL hub page for additional news and analysis around the league. Also be sure to subscribe to the SB Nation Youtube Channel for video commentary.


Offensive Line Holds Key To Cowboys Season

While Tyron Smith should continue to improve after an excellent rookie season, the Cowboys are depending on late round draft picks and underachieving veterans on the interior of their line.


Who Will Replace Laurent Robinson?

Even before Dez Bryant's legal troubles, there were a lot more questions than answers behind Miles Austin on the Cowboys depth chart.


Lawrence Vickers Should Improve Cowboys Run Game

Our series breaking down the Cowboys position groups continues with a look at the RB's and TE's, where health will be a priority and an unheralded FB could provide a huge lift.


The Effect Of Dez Bryant's Arrest

As fans and the media go back and forth over the type of guy Dez Bryant is, maybe they should focus more on the only thing that really affects their lives -- how will this impact the Cowboys on the football field?


Dallas Cowboys Roster: Breaking Down The QB Position

The first in a series looking at how the Cowboys compare to the rest of the NFL at each position. Up first, we look at one of the most high-profile positions in all of American sports.


Has The Cowboys Front Office Turned The Corner?

With Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett taking a larger role in player acquisition, the team's talent base has improved in the last two years. 2012 will be the ultimate test for the new philosophy of the Cowboys front office.


Mike Jenkins Wants Out ... So What?

The Cowboys inconsistent CB has demanded a trade, but it's hard to see the value in letting him go for a late-round pick.


NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys Check In At No. 9 After Draft

With the draft and free agency (mostly) behind us, it's probably time for another way-too-early look at where the Dallas Cowboys stack up with the rest of the NFL.

Over at the SBNation mothership, Joel Thorman gives his latest NFL power rankings, with the Cowboys checking in at No. 9:

9. Dallas Cowboys (8-8, LW: 13): The Cowboys felt they were one player away from making a serious run. Morris Claiborne is that player.

Dallas came into the off-season needing to upgrade their secondary, and they certainly paid a hefty price to acquire the top CB in free agency (Brandon Carr) as well as the draft (Claiborne).

Now, on paper, the Cowboys seem to have all the pieces in place to make a deep run in the playoffs. They'll certainly find out how they stack up with the NFL's elite early in 2012, as they face the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Week 1 in the Meadowlands.

For all the latest news and notes about the Cowboys off-season, check out the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Blogging The Boys.


Cowboys Offseason Program: Dallas Hits The Field For Workouts

Voluntary workouts begin for Dallas as it looks to erase last year's disappointment.

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