December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jone, claps to the fans prior to the Washington Redskins game agains the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

And So Begins the Cowboys Off-Season

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The Dallas Cowboys are done for the 2012 NFL season.  To a lot of fans, this ends their football season and they will catch back up to us when pre-season football begins.  For a select few fans, this begins the most exciting part of the NFL, the off-season.

The off-season gives us a chance to speculate and play arm-chair general manager for our Cowboys.  If you are like me, you are probably still bitter over the loss last Sunday night to the Washington Redskins.  Now that our season is done, it gives us time to think and debate where the Dallas Cowboys went wrong this past season.   What if anything could the Cowboys have done differently to not continue to put themselves and their fans into the position we have been in the last two seasons.  What could have been improved?

This also begins the season of hope.  Hope that changes will be made and that things will be better next season.  Hope that we pick up a non-fragile player in the draft, even if the 18th spot hasn’t been good to the Cowboys in the past.   We also think of what positions do we need to improve upon and what should be the focus for the off-season to make the next season less of a heart attack waiting to happen type year.

“Black Monday” has come and gone and yet much to the dismay of a good number of Dallas Cowboy fans, head coach Jason Garrett is still employed but supposedly talks of looking for an offensive coordinator loom in the air.  I’ve said numerous times this season, the way the past two seasons have gone, I wouldn’t cry if any of our coaching staff went away.  The Cowboys group of coaches does not seem to compliment each other or the talent of the team.  Chemistry is an important aspect to winning football games and change is necessary in order to win.  So in the Cowboys case, it’s been broken for a few years so now is the time to throw it out like a broken toy and replace it with toys that work.

Yes, for the most part, this past NFL season the Cowboys were just what I predicted at the beginning of the season, average and yet this average team almost did it, they just fell short for the second year in a row.  One again another year where the lack of scoring touchdowns in the red zone came back to bite them and thankfully this season there was a decent kicker to pick up the slack.

So as another exciting off-season begins and hopeful whispers of changes hang in the air, the difference between this off-season and last off-season is that a lot moreDallasfans are yelling talk is cheap.  Fans want the Cowboys to earn their respect by proving changes will happen not that they could happen.  In a mere seven and a half months, we will see if this off-season was any different than the previous ones and if the Dallas Cowboys can change, for the better.


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