Now that Cowboys Nation has received their annual December kick in the groin, building the 2013 roster and the plan that accompanies it will become the center of the universe. With season after season ending in disappointing fashion, the Cowboys will enter a critical stage of the Jason Garrett era.
While many felt that this year's storyline would end differently, the Cowboys were unable to overcome a multitude of injuries, inconsistent play and numerous mental mistakes. Back-to-back 8-8 seasons is all you need to know when it comes to how much this team really needs to improve.
There really is just no masking the problem when it comes to a lack of progress, but this team has failed to make the playoffs since 2009. And when you watch rookies like RGIII, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson have such immediate success while heading to the postseason, the disappointment manifests even more.
Are the Cowboys really that far off? What is preventing them from getting over the proverbial hump? Is it talent? Chemistry and scheme? Leadership? The answer is probably a dash of everything, but statistics don't lie, people do. And Jerry Jones needs to be honest with himself in assessing and building this team going forward.
There are numerous needs, depth concerns and issues with a roster that possesses a solid core of young talent, but it needs solidifying. The first part of any plan that will help the Dallas Cowboys starts with identifying needs. With little salary cap room available and major decisions ahead for Jones, the Cowboys will need to hit some home runs in the draft.
The future depends on it. Let's take a look at the prioritization of those needs.