To be clear, Dallas Cowboys fans have never been the most raucous fanbase to watch the Cowboys play football in person.
The 1970s certainly brought about a winning culture for this franchise that still permeates to this day with many. The 1990s brought even greater championship success, even if that particular run didn’t last quite as long.
Cowboys Nation is a very emotional and skeptical bunch. The franchise draws more unwarranted attention than any other team in the world not named Real Madrid and history shows noticeable extremes for this team.
In other words, when things are going well, they’re going really well.
But when things are tough, they can really be tough.
While head coach Jason Garrett led surprising runs of 12-4 in 2014 and 13-3 in 2016, there’s still a skepticism surrounding this team.
Are they for real?
Are they a one-hit wonder?
And what exactly was that 4-12 debacle in 2015?
At least since the opening of their current palace in Arlington, we know the Cowboys are almost precisely average. Three consecutive seasons of 8-8 football from 2011-2013 really dogged Garrett’s tenure as a coach that people believe in.
While he’s gotten better with experience and the team has steadily improved in recent seasons, Garrett’s been unable to shake the fear that the bottom could come falling out at any moment in the hearts of fans.