By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on July 8, 2014
The Dallas Cowboys went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs. In fact, they haven’t made the playoffs since 2009 when they went 11-5 and lost in the divisional round. The Cowboys then went 6-10 in 2010 and 8-8 in the last three seasons. Besides the Eagles possibly being better in Chip Kelly’s second year and the Giants and Redskins poised to be improved in 2014, here are five reasons why Dallas will fail to win the NFC East title in 2014.
In certain divisions it’s easy to spot the weakest team. That’s not the case with the NFC East. There are no “automatic wins” out of the six division games, and the division race is usually close between 2-3 teams. This season it may be a tight race between 3-4 teams. That makes it harder for the Cowboys to win the division, especially since it seems that whenever the Cowboys have a shot at the division, they fall all over themselves.
While some of the starters for the Cowboys certainly have talent, their roster is not that deep. Injuries are a part of football, and if the Cowboys experience injuries at some key positions, they are not equipped to recover and make a run at the division title.
Tony Romo can put up some stats, but he has failed to help the Cowboys win more than one playoff game so far. It seems every time the division is up for grabs at the end of the season, Romo does something that makes you scratch your head and the Cowboys lose. That being said, Romo is the Cowboys’ best option at QB by far, but he’s 34 and coming off of two back surgeries in an eight-month period.
For years it’s been obvious that Jerry Jones is a savvy businessman, but he is a terrible NFL GM. His ego believes his team can be successful with him as owner and GM, but he’s wrong. The Cowboys need a real GM. Jason Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season and the Cowboys finished 6-10. After that they have been three 8-8 seasons. Garrett isn’t the answer in Dallas, but Jones refuses to believe he made a mistake.
Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr struggled at cornerback in 2013, as did J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath at safety. Under Monte Kiffin last season, Dallas played a lot of zone coverage, but Claiborne and Carr are better as press corners. Under Rod Marinelli, the defense may get away from a lot of zone. The bottom line is that the NFL is a passing league, and Dallas’ secondary must play better and get off the field on third down.
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