Despite another disappointing season resulting in missing the playoffs, there were three distinct positives to take away from the 2017 Dallas Cowboy season.
January is going to be a tough month for Dallas Cowboys fans. Most of us will be watching the playoffs and wondering “what if?”
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not personally spearhead a witch hunt of Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott?
- quarterback Dak Prescott did not regress from his award winning rookie campaign?
- left tackle Tyron Smith and linebacker Sean Lee could have been healthy for all 16 games?
- the coaching staff did a better job at being less predictable on offense and quicker to adapt defensively?
It will be hard to not think about these types of things as we once again fail to see the Dallas Cowboys play for the Lombardi Trophy. If all of the above things would have gone in the Cowboys favor, they probably would be doing just that.
Sadly, most things rarely break the right way for any team. How teams handle adversity and continue to prosper is what usually leads them to the promised land.
Consequently, Dallas did not do what was necessary in order to give themselves an opportunity for postseason success. As a result, we move on with an eye towards how this team can improve in 2018.
On Sunday, I wrote an article regarding the five worst losses of the season. As with any New Year’s attempts to be better, we’ll leave the negative in 2017.
Today, we will focus on the three biggest positives from the 2017 season. Undoubtedly, these positives will go a long way towards improvement next season. Ironically, all three are relative to the defensive side of the ball which I doubt anyone would have thought would be prior to the start of the season.
So, here is my opinion on what should be considered to be the biggest positives from 2017.