The Dallas Cowboys were widely picked to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV in their very own home in Cowboys Stadium before the season. They weren't even close.
They started the campaign off 1-7, with the final straw being a 45-7 shellacking on national TV by the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
This embarrassment led Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones to do something he hadn't done in more than 20 years of ownership: fire a coach midseason. Wade Phillips was fired after the loss and Jason Garrett was elevated to the top job after being the team's offensive coordinator since 2007.
The NFL Draft is a team's yearly chance to try to close the gap on the league's best teams, and the Cowboys had what a lot of fans and experts called an "average draft."
No secondary help was drafted until the fifth round, and a lot of people were wondering why the Cowboys didn't take a defender in a first round that included Nebraska's Prince Amukamara, LSU's Patrick Peterson and UCLA's Rahim Moore.
Here is why Roy Williams and five Cowboys starters are the most affected by the recent draft.