No team has struggled to find some “glory hole” the way the Dallas Cowboys have since the mid-1990s. After winning three Super Bowls during that decade, they have been unable to get back into the NFC Championship Game — and they’re one of just two franchises that have failed to make it in that timeframe.
This year, they again look to make a run, and while they have some of the most important positions figured out, there are still some issues that will keep them from being real contenders for a title in 2022.
3 things that will keep the Cowboys from winning a Super Bowl in 2022
3. Reliance on the wrong players
Watching ‘Hard Knocks’ on HBO last season was unnerving, to say the least. When Dak Prescott suffered a shoulder injury, Jerry Jones was trying everything he could to insert his opinion into the medical plan. Jones, who believes he has a greater football mind than he’s shown, also has been ripped in the past for trying to play doctor and we all got a first-hand glimpse of that.
Unfortunately, playing Operation with real-life patients isn’t the only way Jones slows his team down. He also makes it known which players he wants to be featured on the field, and it usually ties into the ones making the most money.
Take, for example, Ezekiel Elliott. While Tony Pollard was easily the more explosive player in 2021, the Cowboys refused to play him more.
There’s a belief that Elliott will be better this year since he’s recovered from a knee injury he played through during their last campaign, but the coaching staff’s unwillingness to rest him and play the more talented player is a prime example of how this team focuses on the wrong factors.