With the Sunday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys will have their first losing record since the 2004 season. As many may recall, Quincy Carter was cut during the pre-season which vaulted Vinnie Testeverde into the starting lineup. Tony Romo was in his rookie season behind Drew Henson. Roy Williams (safety) was breaking legs with his patented horse collar tackle, which was still legal at the time.
Certainly in retrospect, the Cowboys have come a long way during this run (two division titles and three playoff appearances); however, they now find themselves in a similar position, out of the playoffs. 2011 will undoubtedly bring change to the Cowboys franchise. Maybe Jerry Jones will channel his inner George Steinbrenner and fire the general manager and coach only later to rehire the fired GM. There may be a new head coach, there may be a switch as starting WR, and certainly there will undoubtedly be a change in the defensive coach and staff. The Cowboys are presently only 2nd to the Arizona Cardinals in points given up this season. What was believed to be a strength has been the Cowboys undoing.
So look to the future. What do you see? Flying cars, Soylent Green, and just maybe the Cowboys returning to the playoffs. And for those fans who complained about the Cowboys being in the playoffs but not proceeding very far… is this a better alternative? I think not.