With yet another disappointing 8-8 finish and failure to make the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys' 2013 player grades aren't going to be pretty. The defense was decimated by injuries, but part of the reason the Cowboys were so poor on defense is that they build their roster with a "stars and scrubs" strategy that leaves them susceptible to huge downside with injuries.
Plus, Monte Kiffin just didn't put the players in very good positions, and it started up front with a complete lack of pressure. The future of the defensive line doesn't look bright in Dallas.
Offensively, it was more of the same for Cowboys in 2013, as they failed to properly utilize their personnel. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is an elite talent who barely receives top-10 targets. Meanwhile, tight end Jason Witten once again saw way too many looks, even though they dropped considerably from 2012.
The offensive line was a bright spot this year, improving dramatically, particularly in run blocking. Still, the Cowboys implemented a low-variance approach that ultimately didn't work out. They clearly wanted Tony Romo to limit turnovers, which is a positive, of course, but it resulted in reduced offensive efficiency as well.
Let's take a look at my 2013 Dallas Cowboys starter grades.