Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) reacts to a call during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Defeat Of Dallas A Mercy Killing

I know we are all disappointed that Dallas didn’t make the playoffs this year, but hadn’t it become painful to watch this team limp through each game?

I’ve always come down on people for being fair weather fans and that hasn’t changed, I still love the Dallas Cowboys and I will cheer for them every chance I get.  But this season had just gotten to be, at times…agonizing.

We never quite got the offense going consistently.  Sure, Dez Bryant had a breakout year and improved throughout the season, but who else?  Other players performed brilliantly for one game, then just as quickly faded away, making no significant contribution for chunks of the season.

Why were we unable to develop players that showed obvious talent into consistent contributors?  Why was Romo constantly lecturing receivers on the sidelines after interceptions?  Was every receiver on the wrong page, or is Tony just not taking responsibility for his mistakes?  Why were we never able to get in sync?

The defense didn’t have a spectacular year, but credit has to be given to Rob Ryan for keeping the whole thing duct taped together somehow.  We literally had to resort to calling up people who had been watching the season unfold from their couch.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t offended I never received “the call”.

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reacts during the second half against the Washington Redskins at FedEX Field. The Redskins won 28 – 18. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

I’ve said before that the new CBA is going to cause a perpetual injury problem for seasons to come.  It has left the majority of the season’s conditioning up to the personal discipline of the player, and for most players that’s not a good thing.

So, that’s it for this season.  Now comes the long months of uncertainty about what next season holds.  Now comes the speculation, and with that…hope.  Now we can get past the excruciating frustration of this year and begin the optimistic thinking of next.  Now we can quit pulling our hair out on Sundays and grumbling around in foul moods for the rest of the week.

It’s time to dream again.  It’s time to discuss the needs of this team and how they all will be addressed in the offseason.  It’s time to talk about how next year will be different.  Yes, it’s time for another helping of Cowboy’s kool aid…and I’ve got my cup ready.

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