Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs for a touchdown after caching a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Here Comes the Silver Lining Cowboys Fans

It’s no surprise the 2012 season for the Dallas Cowboys has been far from spectacular. With the combination of inconsistent play on both sides of the ball and mounting injuries, many Cowboys fans have been looking forward to the future and hopefully brighter days. Well I’m here to tell you that the remainder of the season is not the lost cause. Sure Dallas’ playoffs are slim if not non-existent, but there is plenty to play for. You may not believe me, but at least hear me out.

Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne celebrates with cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) after breaking up a pass in the end zone against the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The young guns are in the building: One of the biggest criticisms to owner and general manager Jerry Jones’ comments that the Cowboys Super Bowl window was closing was the fact that Dallas has a lot of young talent on the roster. With the likes of players like DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Morris Claiborne, and recently added to the list, Bruce Carter the Cowboys have young players at a lot of skill positions that set them up for contention in the coming years. Because of all this talent the Dallas faithful want to see a super team right away. Well this season is a good example why we can’t expect too much too soon. These guys need time to gel with the system and the increased speed of the game at the NFL level.

Dez Bryant has been a great example of exactly what I’m talking about. It took until his third year in the league before the light turned on. In the past three games he has compiled 377 yards receiving, four touchdowns on 23 receptions. Not only that, he has become a nightmare for opposing defensive backs. Just ask  Buster Skine of the Cleveland Browns, who was taken advantage of on a regular basis. Expect to see the remainder of the youngsters to continue to improve and make real contributions in the coming years.

Jerry will always be Jerry: No I have not been drinking lately. What you read is what I mean. Jerry Jones is a very polarizing individual. Like the team he owns, most people either love him or hate him. The fact of the matter is he loves his Cowboys. Sometimes he loves them to the point of smothering them, but what I’m really getting at is he cares. You will never see him shy away from opportunities to improve his team. Sometimes he gets it right and sometimes it turns out horribly wrong. One could make cases for both sides of this issue, but Jones isn’t shy when it comes to making a roster move that will benefit the team…in his eyes. Sure there have been some real bad ones in recent years, but he is going to go all-in and we have to come to a realization of this. There are going to be good times and bad. Hopefully some of the good will be coming our way real soon.

At least we’re not in Philadelphia: This bullet shouldn’t take too much description, but it’s true. Unless you’re the worst team in the league, there is always another team that is having a rougher season than you are. Dallas meets up with a Philadelphia this Sunday night and like I wrote about earlier in the year, playing a team like this that is in complete disarray is a good thing when you’re having a rough go of things yourself. I don’t think Dallas will make the playoffs, but I do think a game like this will help with the Cowboys’ psyche as they try to finish out the season strong and carry some momentum into next season.

This season has not turned out how Cowboys fans would have liked, but the real ones stick with their team through thick and thin. That’s really all I’m getting at here. So get on those comment boards Cowboy Nation and let the world know your team is better than their 5-6 record portrays.

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