It’s difficult as a blogger and more so as a fan to take a step back and reflect on what a mediocre team has done right throughout the last season. It’s so much easier to pin point what is going wrong. Sometimes we have to remember, although it is just a game, Cowboys football is more than that to many people. So the Cowboys have gone 8-8 for the past few seasons. It’s been 18+ years since the Cowboys won a Super Bowl and it’s been well over 4 seasons since the Cowboys have made the playoffs. After almost being there for the past two seasons, only to lose in Week 17, it’s difficult to be positive when it comes to the Cowboys but there are actually some positive steps being taken, believe it or not.
The Cowboys have started a trend during the Jason Garrett era. Even I can admit this and I am not a fan of our current head coach, but the Cowboys have started moving in the right direction with Garrett. Whether you like Garrett or not, you as a fan, have to admit that Dallas is no longer holding on to players for sentimental reasons. An example of this would be the talks surrounding cutting DeMarcus Ware and the release of Phil Costa. They are finally starting to realize that this is a business not a place for people to accept charity checks. The Cowboys are also being smarter with contracts of the players they do want to retain and adding in the ability to restructure if need be for the salary cap relief. While this isn’t the way to continue going it’s a step in the right direction.
The Cowboys are also coming together and locking up young and reliable players such as kicker Dan Bailey and running back DeMarco Murray. While Bailey is probably the most reliable player on the team, Murray has become a work horse when given the chance. Even missing three games, Murray opened some eyes with his average of 5.2 yards per carry. Even veteran quarterback Tony Romo has started playing smarter. He only had 10 interceptions this year, and myself as a fan, did not feel like he was trying to force the ball as he had so many times before where we just kind of looked at the television or sat in the stands and just wanting to face-palm over stupid mistakes.
To look a little further offensively, the Cowboys were much improved in the red zone this season. The went from 20th in the league last year converting 51% while inside the redzone to 3rd in the league at 68% trailing only Denver and Cincinnati. (This stat is for touchdowns only in the redzone) The team scored more touchdowns in the red zone this year and didn’t settle for as many field goals as they had the previous season.
Overall, the Cowboys organization is doing their best to take baby steps towards becoming a winning franchise again. They are doing some things right and while the Cowboys fan base patience is running low, and rightly so, it’s also nice to sometimes hear the positives as opposed to the negatives.