Dallas Cowboys: Why a Disastrous 2010 Is Exactly What the Team Needed

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Dallas Cowboys: Why a Disastrous 2010 Is Exactly What the Team Needed
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Expectations were sky-high for the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2010 season. They had made it all the way to the NFC Divisional round in the 2009 playoffs, putting together an impressive win over the Eagles at home on Wild Card weekend before being ripped apart by the Minnesota Vikings, a disappointing end. But optimism reigned in the Big D, and owner Jerry Jones and company hinted at the Cowboys having a chance to be the first team to ever play in a Super Bowl on their home field.

Yet everything came apart horribly for the Cowboys once the 2010 season got under way. They lost on opening night to the Washington Redskins after a game-winning touchdown was called back on a blatant offensive holding. They seemingly always found new ways to lose games, and were heavily penalized, sloppy and undisciplined.

Now the team sits at an abysmal 1-7, with their head coach Wade Phillips recently fired, and their franchise quarterback Tony Romo sitting out with a broken collar bone, not expected back until potentially December, if at all.

It is a lost season for a perennial NFC powerhouse franchise, and for Cowboys fans it is hard to find silver linings in what has been a terrible season. However, there are still positives to take away from this debacle of a year, and here we'll go over ten of the biggest pluses that come with this lost year for Dallas.

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