After a second consecutive third-place finish in the NFC East and an 8-8 record, the Dallas Cowboys have many personal changes they should make. These changes will help them become a playoff team and a Super Bowl contender, making a feeling that Cowboys fans have every year a reality. This past season was not a complete disappointment despite failing to reach the postseason and losing all four games against the Eagles and Giants.
In my opinion, Tony Romo had the best season of his career. He finished with more TDs, fewer INTs, a higher completion percentage and a higher passer rating than Eli Manning; a player who everyone has firmly put in the elite quarterback category after this season. Romo also played much of the season injured. He was plagued with broken ribs, a punctured lung and a bruised hand. Romo was not the problem this season and should be praised for leading this team to an 8-8 record.
Not everything for the Cowboys was as good as Romo was in 2011. Rob Ryan’s defense ranked 23rd against the pass, while his former team, the Cleveland Browns, ranked second . Also, a Wade Philips-coached Houston Texans defense ranked third against the pass. Ryan’s defense often looked confused. Players often blew assignments in the passing game, and the Cowboys were never able to create pressure on the quarterback in crucial moments of the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, the Giants were a better overall team this season with more talent on both sides of the ball. Here are the five biggest personal needs the Cowboys have entering the 2012 offseason to help them become the team most people already believe they are.