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So, we got the same old 8-8 Cowboys again this year, but I'm not pumping sunshine: I think we are in a very good spot right now, and I'll tell you why.

1) We learned that our "clutch" problem is not a "Tony Romo" problem, even though he bears the entire burden for the team's cursed misfortune.
We have a QB who puts up HOF numbers year-after-year, and that alone puts us ahead of many other teams in the league, even ones who finished with better records.

2) We had a LOT of issues this season that were holding us back, which hopefully won't be an issue again next year.

-We can't possibly be decimated by injuries next year like we were this year, right? That fact alone will give us at least a handful more guys who provide solid depth, and will possibly even start.
We won't have a patchwork DL made up of guys off the street, and with a couple of the hidden gems we discovered and a solid draft, we could have the most stacked DL in the league when the rest of our guys come back.

-The Cowboys will not be struggling with the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3. They will have an entire season of growing pains under their belt, and I guarantee you we will see a whole new defense next year that can play to their strengths, rely on each other, and be in position to do their jobs and make plays.

3) We have all of our draft picks intact, and we only have a few areas that we need to specifically focus on. We are set at almost every offensive position (except OL), and are probably free to use 4 or 5 of our picks on solid defenders.

4) Our schedule next year is pretty favorable. We have a handful of tough games, but nothing that isn't manageable.

5) Granted, we will still have Jason Garrett at the helm, and he has been pretty terrible, but the main thing here is that we have CONSISTENCY. We can't afford to keep this coaching carousel going; it isn't good for the players or the organization.

With a consistent structure/scheme, health, and a strong draft, the Cowboys are going to finally be in a position to break out. Just watch.
BevoMav

Good post B.E. Let me add a few cents to the post..

1) We learned that our "clutch" problem is not a "Tony Romo" problem, even though he bears the entire burden for the team's cursed misfortune.
We have a QB who puts up HOF numbers year-after-year, and that alone puts us ahead of many other teams in the league, even ones who finished with better records....

We also fixed the offense. Maybe a blocking TE and a few tweaks here and there.

2) We had a LOT of issues this season that were holding us back, which hopefully won't be an issue again next year....

I don't see Jerry doing something dumb like Ratliff and Spencer again...Decisions have to be made in the DLine and LB..after the game Stephen Jones said fixing the front 7 is a priority.....
Hatcher and Ware are likely gone. By cutting Ware before June 1st they save $8.2 million in cap space...
Hatcher is 31 and wants a big contract, but let him get it somewhere else.....
The draft has to be about DLine..Carolina fixed their defense by drafting two pass rushers with their first two picks...
I think they need to cut/trade Carter. He has killed this team with his putrid run defense and Holliman has really stepped up toward the end of the season....
Sean Lee, as in what to do about him. The guy just can't stay on the field, and the defense is not the same with him out.. Not saying they should cut him, but one more injury and they have to let him go...

3) We have all of our draft picks intact, and we only have a few areas that we need to specifically focus on. We are set at almost every offensive position (except OL), and are probably free to use 4 or 5 of our picks on solid defenders.

We have probably 11-12 picks and Ratliff may yield a 4th rounder. The top 4-5 picks have to be on defense..We need L,LB and a good safety...

4) Our schedule next year is pretty favorable.

Schedule I agree.. Arizona, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans,  San Francisco at home..That's 3 playoff teams and Arizona who finished 10-6..

Chicago, Jacksonville,, St. Louis, Seattle, Tennessee ..Road games...Not as bad here but Seattle is the real beast here...Wager? Seattle is Sunday Night game?

Plus Eagles have to play Green Bay and Carolina..so that's tougher than ours..

5) Granted, we will still have Jason Garrett at the helm...

Garrett is in charge of the offense and they were second to only the Eagles in offensive scoring..and then by only 3 points.....Garrett and Callahan, from what I read, weren't talking by the end of the season. He has to go..

Finally I think Kiffin is gone and Marinelli will be the DC, but Jerry is his own man and won't be influenced by his critics...

I just read the Dallas-Eagles game was the highest rated prime time show since September. So much for boycott threats..
Hawk

Last night was New Years eve, I was out chasing women, just a hobby of mine lol.

But right now I'm hung over....so BBL guys
Nightrider

Wow you guys are deep in thought, I'm not sure at the moment I'm ready to talk about this season or the next. But thanks, you  both had some real good points. We all know hawk won't catch those women lmao
LoneStar

Despite falling short of the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning that there won’t be the same coaching staff changes the franchise experienced following the 2012 season.

During his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] Jones said he had made the decision several weeks ago that he would not be firing head coach Jason Garrett at the end of the season.

“I think what’s important here is that I haven’t given it any consideration,” Jones said. “I like what he’s doing as coach, so I haven’t given it any consideration.”

Jones justified the decision to keep Garrett for the final year of his contract by saying the Cowboys “have been in it the last three years” at the end of the season, losing three consecutive win-or-go-home Week 17 games.

Jones also pointed out that Garrett has posted a better record than the five NFL head coaches that were fired Monday.

In regards to Garrett’s coaching staff, Jones said he’s “pleased” that the Cowboys have defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan.

“We had a rough year, but we didn’t necessarily have a rough year because of coaching, in terms of our defense,” Jones said. “All of that will be considered as we look forward. I haven’t really sat down and discussed it, looked at it, and I don’t know how much thought Jason has given to it during this latter part of the season.

“We’ll be looking at that in the future. There’s no hurry on that.”

Jones said since Kiffin and Callahan are still under contract, you have to “assume that their contract status is the decision, until we do differently.”

Dallas finished with its worst defensive season in franchise history, allowing 415.3 yards per game. Offensively, the Cowboys finished 16th in the NFL, totaling 5,461 yards, their lowest total since 2005.

Kiffin was hired in January to replace Rob Ryan. Other 2012 coaching changes included adding Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach, Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator, Gary Brown as running backs coach, Derek Dooley as wide receivers coach and Frank Pollack as an assistant offensive line coach.
Hawk

Let me give you some change for those few cents.

Its called dead money, and Ware is going nowhere, just like Austin will be staying.

You just can't piss in the wind, and you can't keep throwing away money. JJ plays a dangerous game, and renegotiating contracts is killing the Cowboys.

They will be paying Romo for years after he is gone, just like Neon Deon. Just like Ware, just like Austin. This is the game Miami and the 49ers played. It has taken them forever to recover. This is JJ 's legacy, and its why he has failed so badly.

Its killing Jason Garrett, but he'll be around long after I'm gone. He is a good coach.
Desperado

We got the same old 8-8 Cowboys this year, bull ****...we got the same old injuries.

Cowboys are getting old, and Garrett is trying to fix that problem. But JJ loves old and just doesn't get it. But what the hell I love old also, it will be what it will be.
Hawk

Kim Dunning - Jan 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am



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The Dallas Cowboys are in off-season mode and their season was once again an up and down roller coaster, ending in 8-8 for the third straight year.  For some players, this will be the last time they play in a Dallas Cowboys uniform and for some coaches they will be gracing other teams’ sidelines next season.



Now that the off-season is in full swing early again for Dallas fans, we as fans need to look into next year.  With all the free agents, restricted and otherwise, a few of them will be hot commodities on the free agency market.  None of these potential free agents are more important to lock up than Dallas’ kicker Dan Bailey.



Stop laughing, it’s true.  Name me one other player on the team that has been as consistent and reliable as Bailey?  The interesting thing about Bailey is after the season ended; he came out and said he’d love to stay in Dallas because “he loves kicking here”.



In Bailey’s three-year career here in Dallas, he has gone 123/123 on extra points kicked, and 89/98 on field goals with his percentage at 90.8 per kick.  Not only has Bailey had a few game winning kicks for the Cowboys and but he has been phenomenal on kickoffs as well and just for the record, he’s made a few good tackles as well.



So besides his reliability and him being one of the few bright spots on an otherwise inconsistent team, Bailey is very humble and states he just wants to be the best he can be.  Bailey’s tune is a lot different than a few of the other free agents who look at the NFL as a business case in point, defensive player Jason Hatcher.  Bailey is a keeper!



So our only hope Dallas fans is for our owner Jerry Jones to finally sign someone who’s worth it! A player who actually understands what it’s like to wear the star with dignity and honor! At least we, the fans,  know, after 3 seasons, that Dan Bailey is probably the most reliable player and in my very humble opinion, quite possibly the teams’ MVP.
El Kabong

Draft Position: 17

Dream Fit: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

The Dallas Cowboys simply had the worst defense in the league in 2013. They finished the season ranked 30th against the pass and 27th against the run. Improving this side of the ball requires new life on the defensive line; after all, it all starts up front.

Adding a player like Ealy would allow Dallas to get after opposing quarterbacks with greater ease. This would, in turn, keep the Cowboys secondary from remaining in coverage for too long. Ealy is a sure tackler and would bolster the defense's run-stopping ability as well.

Even though he is the second-ranked prospect at his position, he could slip to Dallas due to other teams' necessities being in other areas.

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