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    Question One troubling trend has emerged during Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach

    David Moore

    FRISCO — If it's any consolation, you should know that even if the Cowboys had beaten Seattle in Week 16 and followed that up with their win over Philadelphia to finish the season with five consecutive victories, they still would have missed the playoffs. Atlanta's victory in its regular-season finale cemented that outcome.

    Happy New Year.

    None of this should come as a surprise. A pattern has emerged during Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach. What took place this season, while frustrating to those who expected this young team to build on last year's success, was true to form.

    Before the Cowboys broke through and began to win Super Bowls under Tom Landry, they were known as "Next Year's Champions.''

    In recent years under Garrett, this team has become "Every Other Year's Divisional Round Loser.''

    Doesn't have the same ring, does it?

    In case you've forgotten, or blocked certain seasons from your memory, here's a brief look at the franchise's recent inability to sustain success.

    2013: Cowboys lose to Philadelphia in the regular-season finale to miss the playoffs and finish 8-8.

    2014: Cowboys go 12-4 in the regular season to win the NFC East, beat Detroit in the first round, then lose to Green Bay in the divisional round.

    2015: Cowboys follow their best season under Garrett to this point by going 4-12 and missing the playoffs.

    2016: Cowboys go 13-3 to win the division and secure the No. 1 seed in the conference before losing to Green Bay in the divisional round.

    2017: Cowboys follow their best season under Garrett by going 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

    "It's frustrating,'' linebacker Sean Lee said. "We see ourselves as a team who should be in the playoffs competing for a championship every year.

    "We weren't able to win certain games. Close games that we won last year, we didn't win this year. We didn't execute and make plays we needed to.

    "I know this, though: We have a young group who is ready to improve and come back and have a great offseason and get back on track next year."

    The season was disappointing, but not a disaster. Only 10 teams in the NFL won more games than Dallas. The Cowboys went 5-1 in the division and were the only team to beat the Eagles at home. HA HA HA

    The Cowboys have been one of the league's best road teams, going 6-2 in each of the last two seasons.

    "I think we've been 12-4 just because we're a physical team and we run the ball,'' running back Ezekiel Elliott said. "I think that's one of the biggest things when you go on the road, being able to establish the run game and control the ball and control the clock."

    Quarterback Dak Prescott conceded that this season was hard to swallow. He reflects on decisions and throws he made in games that didn't work out and thinks, what if?

    "I mean, every human does,'' Prescott said. "I kind of don't want to and just get it out of my head. It's over with, there's nothing to be done. I'm only going to get more pissed and more aggravated the more I think about if this happens or that happens we win.

    "So, it's about just swallowing it, taking the bullet, accepting the fact that we are out of the playoffs. We're out of it, and what I have to do is make myself better individually to help this team moving forward next year.''

    The pattern indicates the Cowboys will be back in the playoffs one year from now. That was little comfort Monday morning as the players cleaned out their lockers at The Star.

    "I don't think we're that far away,'' Lee said. "I think we showed last year the type of team we are. I thought this year we have to get back to being that type of team that wins close games, that makes big plays in clutch situations."

    —Five key offseason issues for the Cowboys—

    1. Can Zeke stay out of trouble?
    2. Can Dallas hang on to FAs?
    3. What do they do with Dez Bryant?
    4. A need for speed and what to do about it
    5. What coaching changes might be on tap?

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    Sad , Very Sad !

    Last edited by Talon_60; 01-02-2018 at 02:33 PM.
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