The notion of losing to get better sometimes is a temptation to teams. Fans, radio barkers and egghead writers sometimes get rather loud about the benefits of losing to win. Lose and you get a better draft choice. But it is a tricky area. In essence, such a position suggests that the more you lose, the better the draft choice, the better chance you have of becoming a champion.
For Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, trying to lose to improve draft position was never an option. Garrett talked about it at his end-of-season press conference.
“It’s important to be your best every opportunity you can,” he said. “Everyone knows there are a lot of different circumstances that go into end of the season games. We played a lot of different combinations of players as did everybody around the league. Having said that, you want to win games. You try to put your players in competitive situations to win all the time. Winning is a habit.
“Regarding draft position, I just think it’s a loser’s mentality to say we want to lose games so we get a better draft pick. I think the league is littered with players who were drafted at pick 199 and they go on to be Hall of Fame players. To say that the ninth pick is any worse than the sixth pick or the 13th pick or whatever it is, you want to win ballgames and the draft order will shake itself out.”
-- Jan Hubbard