Here we go again…
The “insiders” over at ESPN have yet once more cast a pall on the hopes of all of us involved with the Dallas Cowboys organization. In another typical forecast of doom and gloom, four separate NFL pundits decided to get together and inform the world that the Cowboys are in for some dark days.
As if three consecutive 8-8 seasons isn’t enough, right?
This time, the concept that these “experts” came up with was to rank all thirty-two NFL teams based on the strength of their future based on five different factors. Those categories consisted of the roster, the quarterback position specifically, how well the team has performed in the draft, the stability of the front office and how good the coaching is. Somehow, Dallas was one of only two teams that ranked in the bottom five in four of these five categories. Shockingly, the quarterback wasn’t one of those five, however I presume this was the case solely to not overtly expose themselves as the idiots they clearly are.
Look, say what you want about this team (and a lot of people do) but to insinuate that this organization is destined to be one of the five worst in all of football three years from now is simply sensationalism at its best. I am fully aware that is probably the exact thing that the TMZ of sports was going for here. I just do not support that type of irresponsible journalism. Using the Cowboys name or brand to drive clicks on your links and attempt to brainwash people with mindless rhetoric is annoying. The fact that this was an Insider article which means people are paying for this garbage is just pathetic.
I pride myself of being a realistic Dallas Cowboys fan. I am not a “pie in the sky” type person in general and I certainly don’t live off of the glory days provided by the Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson Eras. Facts are facts. Dallas has been the perfect definition of mediocrity for almost fifteen years now going 122-118 since 2000. We are one of, if not the most gut-wrenching, mind-numbing teams to watch in the league. For whatever the reasons are or maybe just due to some sort of cosmic fate, we seemingly invent new ways to lose in the most dramatic of fashions possible.
What we are not however is one of the five worst teams in the league. The last time Dallas could be associated with teams worthy of that dubious distinction was during the three years under Dave Campo. Three years out of the last twenty-four, the Cowboys have been truly bad. You know who has been consistently bad? Try the Detroit Lions who have 69 wins during that same span. Honestly, you can name another twelve teams who have been a lot worse than the Cowboys, but somehow, that spotlight always seems to shine hottest and brightest on the Blue Star.
But, to be fair, this isn’t about the past… it’s about the future. So, why is the future so dim for Dallas? Let’s look at their criteria and honestly assess if things are truly that bleak…