The reality was the Cowboys' final record accurately reflected their top-to-bottom ability. A couple of field goals here and there is otherwise window dressing on what was from the start of training camp a .500 football team. From the start I thought they would be one of those average 8-8 teams that pulled out a few more close wins to finish with 10 victories and slip into the playoffs.
Narrow should-be wins against the Giants and Cardinals would not mask what most of us knew.
Nearly every single thing that was projected about this team from the start proved to be true. There were simply too many holes for this team to cover with a good quarterback.
I don't believe Rob Ryan is a dope, but I do believe the talent on his defense is sorely lacking. The man needs players.
Their secondary was awful, and as much as I personally hate to say this Terence Newman looked finished in the last month. Why the Cowboys extended safety Gerald Sensabaugh is a mystery. This team received no plays from either safety position all season.
The front seven was hit-or-miss. How much time does DeMarcus Ware have left as a premier rusher? Should the Cowboys bother to keep Anthony Spencer?
The offensive line was erratic. The running game needed DeMarco Murray a lot more than anyone originally projected, which means Felix Jones' status is uncertain. The wide receiver spot was good, but not as good as it should have been.
Tony Romo, statistically, was about as good as he ever has been but it's not good enough.
Add it up, and 8-8 is what you should get.
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