This is the time of year that the Dallas Cowboys and their fans dread the most it seems, playoff time. For the third straight year the Cowboys missed out on the playoffs by one game. The same excuse gets put on repeat each time. A play here or a play there and this team is in the tournament. Cowboys lost three of their eight games by a combined three points. They also lost two more games by a combined five points. Yes a play here or there may have made the world of difference but this team haven’t shown that they have the mentality needed.
In the 2012 season, again the Cowboys lost a win or go home game for the NFC East crown. In that season they lost two games by a combined five points. In 2011 they lost four of their eight games by four points or less. There is obviously a pattern here. If this team who analysts claim are a play or two away, can’t get it done in three consecutive seasons do you have any faith that they can?
It isn’t just a coaching issue but a talent issue as well. Aging core of players who cannot stay healthy. On their defense alone only three players (Barry Church, Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr) were the only ones to play in every game of the season. Their defensive line and linebacking crew were obliterated by the injury bug and a lot of bad hamstrings. However, there could be help on the way and not just in the NFL Draft.
Jason Hatcher’s contract is up and he could be on his way out of Dallas due to the salary cap issue but this isn’t a foregone conclusion. There is a chance that Dallas could franchise Hatcher and sign him to a one year deal much like they did on Anthony Spencer. Also Josh Brent’s trial has started and it is possible that he could walk away with probation. If that is indeed the case, Brent could be back with the Cowboys. As far as a suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could rule in favor of time served.
With all of the other issues on this team it is safe to say they are more than a year away. Not to mention that it seems as if Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin will both be back in 2014. I believe owner Jerry Jones made the right decision in bringing Jason Garrett back but only if the coordinators changed. Depending on what happens between now and the start of the 2014 season, Cowboy fans could be in for another long season.