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Cowboys Fans React To 3-13 Record Prediction

Dallas Cowboys Fans had a huge wake up call earlier this week, as USA Today’s NFL writer/editor Nate Davis predicted that the Dallas Cowboys would end the 2014 season at 3-13. If that happened, that would be the worst record the Cowboys have had under Jason Garrett and would be the worst since 1989 when they only won one game against the Washington Redskins.  Now to be fair Davis explains his pick by saying:

” Tony Romo’s back, defense are looking awfully frail. Dallas fans might end up pining for .500 teams.”

However, given the recent history of the Dallas Cowboys, an 8-8 pick would have made more sense.

In all reality, it is extremely early to make picks.  Davis correctly predicted the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Bronco’s Super Bowl last season; however, most people know that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.  Davis may have gotten lucky with his pick last year but this pick of 3-13 doesn’t settle well with fans of the Dallas Cowboys.  As Cowboys fan Dan Rogers pointed out via Facebook

 “5 out of the 6 USA Today writers predicted the Texans to go to the playoffs and none of them predicted the Eagles to win our division.  You can draw your own conclusion of where I am going with this”

Honestly, most fans are saying another 8-8 season as their pre pre-season pick because that’s exactly what the Cowboys are, average.  Now naturally the way the Cowboys have there are always “what if’s” because we as fans never know which Cowboys player is going to end up warming the bench for a good part of the season.

One of factors that must be added in to get to a 3-13 is definitely how will quarterback Tony Romo’s back hold up during the season.  Interestingly enough, another article came out and stated that Dallas had one of the NFL’s top 5 Offensive Lines.  With a solid offensive line, Romo can avoid the pressure and the sacks more so than he usually has.  There seems to be split reaction on Romo where he is still the most loved to be hated quarterback in Dallas.  The vast majority of opinions agree that Davis’ prediction has a lot to do with putting Romo on the side-line for the majority of the season.  As fellow Landry Hat writer Dan Krupinsky said,

“He (Davis) seems to be basing this off of the belief that Romo is going to be lost, due to his back injury.  If that happens, which is very possible, 3-13 is a reasonable prediction”.

The other factor of potentially going 3-13 would be the defense.  With linebacker Sean Lee out for the season, it’s another hole in the defense that must be filled before the Cowboys can solidify their defense for the upcoming season.  A lot of hopes rest on draft pick Anthony Hitchens to fill the shoes of Sean Lee.  It has been heavily debated that the Cowboys should go out and get a veteran to replace Lee, someone like Jonathan Vilma or Brian Urlacher, so that Hitchens has time to get acclimated to the system and playing in the NFL.  If the Cowboys do go with Hitchens to start, the defensive line will be very inexperienced and Cowboys fans will have to have lots of patience for the first few months of the NFL Season.  The only plus the Cowboys have going for them is Monte Kiffin is no longer the defensive coordinator and Dallas has Rod Marinelli who has a much proven track record in the current NFL.

To play devils advocate, female Dallas Cowboys fan Chris Nadrowski said also via Facebook

“I’ll take 3-13 and a top draft pick over 8-8 again”.

She’s got a point too, if we are going to not make the playoffs at least make it worth while in the draft.

Regardless of what side you fall on, and it’s still pre pre-season, it’s interesting that for the first time in a long time no one is saying the Cowboys are good.  If you are the type of fan I am, you are grateful that for once, we may actually fly under the radar.  I’ll say it now and here, the Cowboys will surprise everyone this year by either having a really bad season or they will have a season veteran fans will be shocked to see this underdog team pull out.

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  • terell davis

    I do not think we have improved any except for the offensive line a pick at 3-13 is better than a pick at 8-8 which I think we will end up AGAIN. This whole defense needs to be revamped from the scheme to the players and Jerry Jones needs to step down he hands out ridiculous contracts and is a mediocre drafter at best. If Romo gets hurt we will definitely end up 5-11 or worse.

  • David

    The guy has a lot of valid points. With their schedule and JG lack of willingness to change his horrible pass happy philosophy, it will be tough to top 8-8.

  • Albert Smith

    I agree with Chris Nadrowski involving the draft selection because I’ve said for 3 years that if we’re going to continue to be average or below we might as well get some top-tier picks out of it, and I know Jerry continues to sell the notion that we aren’t rebuilding but I’ve always thought otherwise and given the way this year’s draft went undoubtedly he starting to somewhat agree that youth is the main way to get back to relevance.

  • IBleedBlue

    LOL at Garrett being the impetus behind Dallas’ “pass happy” offense.

    Do you watch the NFL? It’s a pass first league these days, bro. Sure, Garrett as a former QB, is going to be more prone to chuck it first and run it second. But to say he is obstinate in his focus being on the passing game is an admission of ignorance as to the rest of the NFL teams on the schedule. Hopefully though he will take a cue from the most recent SB champs and see that the old adage of “run to set up the pass” is still very much true and attainable as a philosophy to win games. We appear to have the O-line in place to do just that.

    As far as having a great draft slot, I’ll pass. Getting pumped up during the off-season because you have a top 5 pick means your enjoyment DURING the season was virtually non-existent. Doesn’t that sound backwards?

  • Alfredo Martinez

    i want to insist…the best move this off season is ROD MARINELLI..this is the key..the Rod Marinelli Tampa 2 develops PRESS MAN COVER wich will improve the performance of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.. this tampa 2 is more aggressive than last year defense….the defensive line has very solid no sexy additions with Henry Melton, Jeremy MIncey, Terrell McClain, Tyron Crowford (injury last season) and Demarcus Lawrence (2nd round pick)… this team is better than last year…The Offense is a top ten caliber…the NFC East is not potent….3-13 isnt real and is not real a trip to Super Bowl