Consider it a success if the Cowboys win seven games in 2014.

The 2014-2015 NFL Season begins for the Dallas Cowboys today, and this will be the last time that they have as many wins as losses. However, you could be an optimist, and believe that the sky is the limit, and the Cowboys will win the NFC East with eight wins.

Prediction: 7-9, second in NFC East.

Head Coach Jason Garrett is 29-27 since taking over for former Head Coach Wade Phillips. Turning a program around takes time, and owner/GM Jerry Jones is in denial. This Garret’s last year of his contract, and he has yet to sign an extension.

If eight wins are going to win the NFC East this year, don’t count on the Cowboys doing it. Injuries, suspensions, and lack of depth is once again the storyline for the Cowboys. The defense took a major step back, parting ways with their All-Time sack leader in linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and also saying goodbye to defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, who led the team in sacks last season.

The offense improved up front, selecting lineman Zack Martin from Notre Dame, with the 16 overall pick last year Fifth round pick, wide receiver Devin Street shows a lot of promise, and could prove to be a great addition for the team. Quarterback Tony Romo seems to be at 100 percent, but the team signed Brandon Weeden in the offseason just in case.

There is much intrigue about this Cowboys team, but most of it is projected into the future, and not right now. The Cowboys average age is the 4th youngest in the NFL (25.4 years). They are finally starting to retain the players that they draft. From 2010-13, the Cowboys have retained 12 of the 22 players they have drafted, versus 5 out of 33 in the prior three years.

I would consider it a major success for the organization if the Cowboys managed to win seven games in 2014. Things could get better in the future, but not right now.

@thedemariodavis