The Cowboys concluded their 2012 season in disappointing fashion. As usual, the Cowboys continued to show a flare for the dramatic, they remained the epitome of mediocrity and couldn't seem to get out of their own way. Unlike last year's disappointment that ended at MetLife Stadium, this year's disappointment didn't leave me with quite the same hollow feeling.
Elimination games simply have not been too kind to the Cowboys and many feel strongly that the season has been a total bust. But, if anything positive can come out of this season, it's the fact that the Cowboys are really putting together a young nucleus of talent who seem to work well with the veterans.
We've seen Bruce Carter emerge, the explosion of Dez Bryant and promising contributions from younger players like Dwayne Harris. The Cowboys also showed pretty good resolve and togetherness when tragedy struck and it appears that significant progress was made regarding team concept.
But the same problems still exist for this franchise and it's a two-headed monster—moral victories don't count and they can't get over the hump. With a fan base that is suffering from the highest level of frustration, the pressure will only be greater in 2013 for the Cowboys to deliver and many questions exist.
The biggest question is: What does this franchise need to do in order to achieve and sustain a winning formula? Is the talent the problem? Do they need better coaching or more desire?
There is something in Jerry Jones' business model that is not working and fans are tired of hearing about their "processes."
As a student would hand in an assignment to their professor, the Cowboys have handed us theirs. And it's time for the results.
Let's start at the top.