Five Points of Positivity For The Dallas Cowboys in 2014

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Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT

Only in such a place as Cowboys Nation, where expectations are always at a Super Bowl level, would an 8-8 season have an exorbitant amount of negativity surrounding it.  At first, you would think that being a .500 team would indicate that there are equals levels of positivity to combat the negativity.  Not so here.  Especially when you have the last month that this organization has had.

Three losses in four chances.  One blow out, one head-scratching stomach punch and a Cowboys special (fighting against all odds to come up just short in the last two minutes) tends to have that effect.  Add in the season ending back surgery to the face of the franchise (his second “procedure” to his back in the calendar year) and the historically horrible defense and it can be quite easy to forget there were a few very bright spots to come out of the 2013 season.

Today we will try our best to get out of the gloom and doom and laud five players who gave Cowboys fans something to be proud about.

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  • Scott Aldridge

    There is a future, not sure if it’s bright or dim, but based on three 8-8 seasons it’s half lit.

  • Earl Robertson

    As long as that one scout forgot his name but if he can continue to get his way things finally might start looking better but the problem he will get a GM job somewhere probably by next year

  • SmartThinking

    Your idea of “positivity” strikes me as being awfully dull and tarnished.

    Your #5: Murray was a pleasant surprise to an otherwise dysfunctional offense. He ran with a mean streak we haven’t seen from a Cowboy back since, maybe, Walt Garrison.

    Your #4: Selvie, according to most of the Cowboy writers, was a nice find but nothing special and certainly not a force to be reckoned with.

    Your#3: Bryant was double teamed from the first play of the season and his temper tantrums on- field were an embarrassment. He is a bonafide super talent, but only if he can bottle that talent and project it down the field rather than on the sidelines where television cameras and bored sportscasters can make fun of him.

    Your #2: Church. A welcome force in an area of the Dallas defensive backfield that needs much assistance. Can he improve? I think so. Was he positive? Maybe the only positive player on that team.

    Your #1: the offensive line. I saw instant, immediate improvement in the line the instant Waters stepped on the field. The line moved. It opened holes and all five of them played with that mean streak those 70′s Super Bowl Cowboy teams played with. When Waters went down, all that stopped. Opening holes became harder and rushing yardage dropped significantly.

    I don’t see this line as being anything close to positive. In my opinion, they were only as good as their weakest links (Livings and Bernadeau) and that was mediocre at the very best.

    But, to your five points, I suppose two out of five ain’t that bad, and if you call that positivity, then I agree.