Oscar Wilde once said, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
How fitting an expression for the Dallas Cowboys and their owner, Jerry Jones. There is no shortage of experience on this roster. And no shortage of mistakes.
As the end of the 2012 season is rapidly approaching, the situation has become critical. Mistakes have cornered this team into a stretch of must-win games. Their playoffs essentially started last week in Cincinnati when they woke up to tragedy but were able to overcome their emotions and managed a close road win to keep their season alive. Now they have to win their final three games, and even that doesn’t guarantee a spot in the playoffs.
As much as we love the drama, it sure would be nice to have a season that doesn’t end with us firing the head coach. To put it frankly, the Cowboys are on their way to missing the playoffs for a third straight year. There are three phases teams go through in the NFL: winning, rebuilding and regressing. I don’t consider them to be in rebuild mode, and they certainly haven’t been winning.
Even if they were to pull off a season-saving miracle and make a playoff appearance, their stay will likely be short. It’s an all-too-familiar story with this franchise, and it’s time for a change. Here are five things they must fix to stop the regression and get back to winning football.