Hopefully by now, everyone has at least had a little time to digest the latest annual Dallas Cowboys season-ending horror movie. Yes, the movie that ends with an average football team achieving yet more average results. And, oh yes, the star of that movie is none other than Jerry Jones.
So, while the players clean out their lockers, say all the right things and think about vacation plans, the fans are once again resigned to watch the playoffs without the Cowboys in them.
There will be some degree of change between the roster, which is once again limited by the salary cap and members of the coaching staff, but Jones has already ruled out Jason Garrett as one of those changes. To put it mildly, this Cowboys franchise has plenty of work to do this offseason.
But what were the biggest issues that hampered this team in 2013? It's difficult to reflect right now based on how the season ended or to live in a world of hypotheticals, but what is it that prevents this team from taking a progressive step forward?
Is it schematic? Personnel? Coaching? Management? The correct answer is all of the above with an asterisk. And that asterisk is none other than Jones' structure, involvement and Matt Millen-esque way of managing the football operations of this franchise.
Arguing that point is virtually a pointless exercise, so let's just get to the missteps and mistakes this team made during the 2013 season that led to their 8-8 season. Admission is free to this movie, so let's get started.