In truth, the Dallas Cowboys' offseason began when quarterback Tony Romo got injured in Week 16. The loss might have actually been a blessing in disguise. Had Romo played and the Cowboys won, it might have strengthened owner Jerry Jones' idea that this team is on the proper track to success.
They aren't. The Cowboys are much farther from being a long-term winner than they or even many of the fans realize. The foundation for sustainable success isn't in place.
Dallas is at a crossroads. It could continue on its current path and slowly become a perpetual loser, or it could alter its approach and begin the path to becoming a winner. How it handles this offseason will be a strong indicator of where it's headed in the seasons to come.