Why The Dallas Cowboys 3-13 Prediction Isn’t Crazy

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins defensive end Chris Baker (92) defends in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins defensive end Chris Baker (92) defends in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Nate Davis of USA Today predicted that the Dallas Cowboys would go 3-13 in 2014. Of course, “National Writer Says Cowboys Will Be 3-13” became a headline and Cowboys fans, as ALL sports fans are prone to do, lost their collective minds after seeing that, claiming that the big, bad media machine was once again out to get them.

But if you read PAST the headline, Davis has a point, and his belief isn’t crazy.

First of all, 3-13 wasn’t just a randomly assigned number. Davis actually picked each of the 256 regular-season games to arrive at his record predictions. Davis also gives a one sentence explanation for each team, writing for Dallas “Tony Romo‘s back, defense are looking awfully frail. Dallas fans might end up pining for .500 teams.”

There’s no guarantee that Romo will be able to come back and be the same prolific passer
Think about those points for a second. It can easily be argued that the Dallas defense actually got WORSE, as impossible as that might seem when you think back to how poorly it played for most of 2014. And how Romo will bounce back a giant question mark at this point.

The 34-year-old quarterback is coming off a well-documented back injury and multiple surgeries. He’s proven in the past that he’s about as tough as they come at the quarterback position, playing through not only the back injury for much of last year, but also broken ribs and a punctured lung in previous seasons. However, as scary of a thought as it may be, there’s no guarantee that Romo will be able to come back and be the same prolific passer that he’s been during his career in Dallas.

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  • FAN 4/50 YEARS!

    It is totally crazy! What an idiot. Time will tell!

  • Dodge city chef

    I believe we have gotten better on defense. We were playing with guys off the street and hurt. We gain a year of experience along with some strength. Even losing Lee we have better and deeper talent all over the defense

  • Old Frog

    If we go 3-13 the silver lining is a higher draft pick which would be ok with me so long as it doesn’t cost Garrett his job. He’s not finished rebuilding the team.

    • truthbetold

      Is this sarcasm? Garrett is nothing but a puppet. If you look closely, you can see the damn strings on his arms lol. Jerry Jones or “coach Jones” as he calls himself is pulling the strings there. Garrett has been a complete failure as a coach, but I don’t even blame him. It’s all on jerry.

      • Scott.

        I disagree with you but understand why you feel that way. Garrett has changed Jerry and there is tangible proof. (1) getting rid of overpaid old player, (2) changing draft philosophy and building the team with character player. I’m not a jj fan but there’s no denying that Garrett has had his positive input to change jj.

  • true cowboys fan

    whats up with the OTAs ? need more of that then this crappy articles jees

  • Rod Davis

    Let me get this straight Dan, You write a two page article to defend a guy who pulled a ridiculous W/L record for the Cowboys out of his……. even you can fill in the blank Dan. I could just as easily give you a defensible argument as to how they go 13 and 3 instead. It is all a bunch of nonsense and the only reason to do this is to garner clicks for using the name Cowboys and attaching the name to anything, senseable or not.

  • Mike A

    He’s not crazy. He just is assuming the the ball bounces the wrong way for the Cowboys in every way that it is possible to bounce the wrong way. Teams with no talent go 3-13. I can’t think of too many teams WITH talent that have gone 3-13.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    We’re talking about assumptions….”IF” Tony Romo isnt healthy from his back…the best addition on defense this year is ROD MARINELLI, his Tampa 2 version is much better than Kiffin..their scheme PRESS MAN COVER is more suited to Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr than COVER ZONE…to me, the key is the Defense in this season….DT Henry Melton, DE Jeremy Mincey, DT Terrel McClay, DT/DE Tyrone Crawford (coming from an injury), DE Demarcus Lawrence (2nd round 2014 draft) are all solid not sexy additions in this offseason for the Defensive Line, the Achilles heel last season….and in the offense side of the ball, the addition of ZACH MARTIN it will impact in better ball control of football…this a muchh better team than last year…..3-13? are you kidding? PLEASE DNT UNDERESTIMATE to Jason Garrett…