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Dallas Cowboys: 8 Players That Underperformed in 2011 and Need to Step Up
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For all that is said about coaching, players have to perform on the field.

At the NFL level, whether a team has the best coaches or the worst coaches, it's not going to win games without the players performing well on the field.

After an 8-8 season in which they missed the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys clearly had many players who did not live up to expectations. The Cowboys went through many changes last year that contributed to the .500 record, but they also had underperforming players.

Here are eight players who need to elevate their game in 2012 to lead the Cowboys back to the postseason.    

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