2012 ended in disappointment for many, but there were good things to come from Jason Garrett’s 2nd 8-8 season. The first, is being saved the further disappointment of being demolished by the on-fire Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.
The Washington Redskins don’t stand a chance – but what do they care? It’s not like they have a 1st round draft pick to look forward to for the next two years.
This Cowboys team endured so many injuries, it’s ludicrous.
The injuries started in the mini-camps and OTA’s. Several draft picks didn’t get the chance to gain valuable knowledge because of injuries. Claiborne recovered from wrist surgery, Wilbur fractured a finger, Matt Johnson still was in school, but even after spent his days in the tub and on the training table with hamstring injuries.
But the Cowboys still ended up at 8-8.
The injuries piled up for the veterans too as Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury, yet still managed to play the first game of the season.
Losing Barry Church was the first straw, but several fill-ins managed to do the job. Losing Sean Lee seemed to be the tipping point, but Bruce Carter filled in magnificently – showing that he is ready to be an NFL star. Carter went down too, and so did a plethora of other defensive starters and role players.
Another defensive collapse caused the Cowboys to meander into medoicrity this year, but don’t lay the fault on the players or the coaches. Put the fault or poor horrible luck. Injuries happen in the NFL, but not of this magnitude.
The good thing about the NFL is that there is always next season. No one cares about what you did last season – it’s all about this season.