Another day, another meaningless off-season “poll” has been released, this one by the Associated Press. They ranked all 32 NFL teams in what they called ‘NFL Pro 32 Power Rankings.’ In it, the Dallas Cowboys were ranked 15th, right about where they finished at the end of last season.
There were 13 panelists who voted, most of them former players and media members who have a great deal of NFL knowledge. People like Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, former safety John Lynch, now on FOX Sports and Dan Pompei were among those who ranked all 32 teams. And for some reason it included ESPN blowhard Chris Berman, so that should tell you all you need to know about the rankings right there.
No idea if Berman put the Cowboys “back, back, back” in 15th place or not but the consensus was the Cowboys are a mediocre team. Pretty much right on the money since they finished 8-8 last year and picked 14th in the NFL Draft.
The positive is that 12 teams make the playoffs, so the panel is telling us the Cowboys are close to being a playoff team. Or maybe not. Ahead of the Cowboys in the rankings are 8 NFC teams, including two teams in their own division. Some of the other names could interest Cowboys fans though, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears were tied for 11th and the Atlanta Falcons were 13th.
Now we can debate whether any of those teams are better than the Cowboys or not but honestly, do you care? It’s fun to debate these topics because the real games haven’t started yet but it doesn’t matter. The season kicks off in just over a month and then we’ll know for real who is a good team or who is a bad team.
For Cowboys fans, the whole plan is to not be caught in the middle, which is where they appear now. Who wants to be fighting over who’s the best of the mediocre teams? No, that will not do for Dallas fans, nor should it.
The reality is the Cowboys have been average the past few years, which the rankings point out. Should we care? Nope, not at all. The only ranking that matters is the one that comes out on February 4, 2013, the day after the Super Bowl.
Ignore everything else, it means nothing. Except my columns, these, you should pay attention to.