Cowboys erasing '10 'nightmare' from memory

Linebacker Bradie James had a simple explanation about what went wrong in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys.

"It was us," James said. "But the thing was, it was a nightmare us -- and you can't do anything but build from that."

After a 6-10 season, the Cowboys will try to turn the page -- beginning with tonight's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos at Cowboys Stadium.

Out of 13 preseason possessions for the first team in 2010, the Cowboys scored just one touchdown, turned the ball over three times, punted six times, gained 20 first downs and kicked two field goals. Wade Phillips tried to downplay the significance of the shortcomings, saying things would get better once the regular season began.

They didn't.

For more of Calvin Watkins' column on the Cowboys stressing the here and now, click here.