For the Dallas Cowboys the time is now
By Tyler Harris
Even though a good portion of the current roster is young, the window is closing quickly for the Dallas Cowboys.
In the blink of an eye so many things can happen in life. It doesn’t seem like very long ago that quarterback Tony Romo came into a game during the third quarter against the New York Giants, becoming the starting signal caller from that moment forward. Let this sink in for a moment, Romo’s first start was on October 29th, 2006. That’s right, nearly ten years ago.
So many things can happen in the world over the span of a decade. The same can be said for the Dallas Cowboys. In that decade the team has remained on a rollercoaster like cycle with ups and downs during those seasons.
Most fans remember the great regular season of 2007 and a 13-3 record, just to be disappointed again in the playoffs. In 2009 the club won their first playoff game since the 90’s. In 2014 the club came out of nowhere and lost a heartbreaker in the divisional round of the playoffs, just to follow it up with falling flat in 2015.
Throughout that decade there has been a few constants around the club such as Romo, tight end Jason Witten, and head coach (former offensive coordinator) Jason Garrett. The three of them have been through every high and every low together. During each exhilarating victory or each heart wrenching defeat those three were arguably the most impacted by the result.
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Now, entering the 2016 season a case could be made that the time is running out for all three of them to win a Super Bowl for Dallas. Romo enters the season at 36 years old with numerous injury concerns, Witten will be 34, and Jason Garrett could be on the coaching hot seat if his club doesn’t go on a deep playoff run.
Team owner Jerry Jones knows the window for his club to win a championship with this current squad is inching closer to shutting. Jones and the rest of the front office have given Garrett and Romo some tools to try and get over the hump, it just hasn’t materialized.
Sometimes injuries have derailed seasons, other times rule interpretations have cost the team a chance to move closer to the ultimate goal. For Garrett, Witten, and Romo there isn’t any more time for excuses. They want to win a championship now.
Enter the rest of their teammates and the rest of the coaching staff. Hopefully they all realize that they have all the pieces to win a championship, and can come together to help their aging stars ride into the sunset and save their head coach’s job.
When you look back on the career of some of the franchise’s legends, I am sure it will hit you that it went by far too fast. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. There is no doubt that the careers of Romo and Witten have been legendary in Cowboys history, and it would be fitting for them to be able to cement their legacy with a championship.
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