5 Lessons the Dallas Cowboys Have Learned in 2012

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5 Lessons the Dallas Cowboys Have Learned in 2012
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Linebackers Anthony Spencer (93) and DeMarcus Ware (94).

It’s hard for me to refer to the following intangibles as lessons. After all, a lesson, at least to me, is something you go through that teaches either a moral message or consequence the first time you experience it.

Beyond the first incident, lesson may not be the best term but for simplicity's sake, I’ll go with that.

Head coach Jason Garrett, in his third season calling the shots in “Big D,” has been challenged in years passed by much of what has plagued this franchise for a number of years. But through all of the documented discussion about the offensive line, the pass rush and all other things Cowboys, a few positives have begun to emerge over the second half of the season.

Lessons learned this season include things like inspiration following tragedy and even winning football games despite numerous injuries. But these things don’t make the list because they’re much more mental than physical and I’m only focusing on actual game results.

Every season brings new faces and new challenges to every team in the NFL, but here are the top five lessons the Cowboys have learned or re-learned in 2012.

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