Here are six of my biggest disappointments as the Dallas Cowboys prepare to start the new regular season in just a few weeks.
The Dallas Cowboys started the new year promptly with two loses on the books. On January 1st, the Cowboys were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles in a meaningless Week 17 game where Dallas didn’t play a majority of their key starters in preparation for the playoffs.
On January 15th, the Cowboys lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers in a thrilling 34-31 defeat. Ever since, America’s Team and it’s massive fan base have been riding on the wave of optimism known as the offseason.
Free agency and the NFL draft followed by OTA’s and minicamp only intensified that now tsunami-sized wave of hope. And at the end of last month, actual football was being played with the beginning of training camp in Oxnard, California. The Hall of Fame game soon followed, along with two more preseason exhibitions.
Now, with the NFL regular season less than a month away, reality is starting to set in. The hope and dreams of what this Cowboys team could become starts to fade away. And what Dallas actually is begins to come into view.
Although some of that offseason hype has paid off, like the recent debut of linebacker Jaylon Smith or the continued growth of second-year quarterback Dak Prescott, there have certainly been some disappointments as well.
In the following pages, I’ll highlight my six biggest disappointments surrounding the Dallas Cowboys so far as we are just a few weeks away from the start of the regular season.