Dallas Cowboys: Top 5 Reasons They'll Miss The Playoffs

By C.A. Harrington Jr.
November 01, 2012 12:19 pm
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One of those seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. Currently one game under-.500, the Cowboys head to the Georgia Dome to face the lone undefeated team in the National Football League on Sunday. Do not expect America’s Team to snatch a road loss. Furthermore, the Cowboys will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Here is why.

1. As noted earlier this year, the Cowboys struggle with discipline.

Dallas is clearly one of the most talented teams in the NFL. It is debatable that they are more prolific than any of the teams they have faced thus far this season. As shown by the record, the Cowboys have not executed as expected. While Tony Romo ranks in the top-5 in average yards passing, he leads The League with 13 interceptions. He has thrown only 9 touchdowns. Maybe the running game is the problem, but Felix Jones’ unquestionable talent and fallible execution raises questions outside the lines.

Since the Dallas Cowboys became America’s Team, playing with a star on your helmet could be considered the most glamorous job in sports. It is not a coincidence the franchise’s best came at the management of tough and meticulous coaches; staunch leaders of men. Current coach, Jason Garrett, is not that type of coach. The results show. The team’s incline has yet to begin since Wade Phillips bowed out midway through 2010.

2. The Cowboys must manage their run more effectively.

Despite the bevy of talent the Cowboys drafted at running back over the last 10 years set behind ferocious offensive lines, Dallas has been unable to use this advantageous quality effectively. The loss to the Baltimore Raven earlier in the year is a microcosm of their issue. They rushed for 227 yards holding the ball for more than 40 minutes and found a way to lose despite only one turnover. This is one problem.

The issue is doubled due to injuries. Demarco Murray’s (sprained foot) status is uncertain this week and maybe thereafter. Felix Jones is also limited due to a bruised knee. Tony Romo is one of the best, yet his play leans towards impotency when he throws forty or fifty times in a game. The Cowboys need a tough running game to power their offense when the going gets tougher. Their must wins are now; beginning Sunday.      

3. Maybe we can blame it on the big screen. Regardless, since opening in 2009, the Cowboys do not play an impressive game at home with a record of 14-13.

Outside of the record, only knowledge from observation and conjecture can be provided. It appears; home is a distraction. The idea of athletes thriving away from home is not foreign, but as lavish as Cowboys Stadium appears, why is relevant here? Who knows?

Do you expect a Cowboys player will truthfully address the issue? Whether they will or not, five of their Dallas' nine games will be at home; another obstacle making it far too formidable for them to make this year’s playoffs.

4. The Cowboys do not have a favorable schedule conducive to making the playoffs.

Playing more than half of their remaining games at home will pose a problem. Also, four of those nine games are home and away bouts against the Eagles and Redskins. These divisional battles will be difficult and hard fought, emotional contests; the types which can change the momentum of the season. Appears to be far too ambitious to assume the Cowboys will win the division.

More so, the NFC Wild Card may be even more difficult to claim. As of today, Dallas is amongst four teams at 3-4. Two teams are 4-4 while the Vikings and Packers in the driver’s seat for the Wild Card at 5-3. I will not say it cannot be done, but Dallas will not. The uphill climb is too much for the team to endure.

5. What you were says much about who you will be. History says the Dallas Cowboys are an extraordinary sports car with all the horsepower and shine to take off and turn heads, but somewhere down the highway, there is an accident waiting to happen.

The Cowboys has found ways to lose. Opportunities to speed past the opposition have presented itself over and over again. A key turnover stopped the momentum. A key player’s social issues off-the-field wrecked havoc in the locker room. The owner, Jerry Jones, is far too visual. None of this equaled wins.

The Cowboys are the best circus in town when they come to your town. They are vastly entertaining; the kind of team you can discuss at the barbershop over and over. Yet, in the end; the party ends early and you are left wondering was it worth the faith of a widow’s pocket change.

The Cowboys will present more than enough enjoyment, just be prepared for the curtain to close early.      

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17 months ago
C.A.-I agree with you about Romo being one of the best, but you should probably add the same disclaimer that we have to add for my guy (Marino), and that disclaimer is: in the Regular Season. Tony would be ranked 6th for Reg. season 4th Quarter Comebacks (if he would have 100 games started). But with his 84 starts, he has a 4th Q. Come. in 16.7% of them. Only N. VanBrocklin-19.0%, John Unitas-18.48%, E. Manning-17.6%, B. Parilli-16.83%, and P. Manning-16.82% are ahead of Romo.
17 months ago

Yes but that number is insignificant if he plays in more games that present opportunities for 4th quarter comebacks than anyone else. I think the most telling stat is that he has a record of 6-18 in games where he had a chance for a 4th quarter comeback (including Baltimore and New York this year).
17 months ago

Zach- you make an excellent point about this year, but otherwise I respectfully disagree with your overall point. Here's why: I think it's more appropriate to stay with a positive stat with Romo because he has played good enough to help his Team to qualify for the playoffs a majority of his career. When it comes to the PO's, you can introduce all of the negative stats you have and they would all be appropriate.
17 months ago

Zach-after reading your 1st sentence again, that is why I choose to turn that stat into a percentage rather than just the raw number of how many. If QB #1 has 100 oppurtunities and converts 30, and QB #2 has 50 oppurtunities and converts 20, I say QB #2 is better at it because he is converting at 40% to QB #1 at 30%.
17 months ago

Sorry, that still doesn't address your point about not converting in games where he had a chance to convert. I still have my doubts about the overall importance of this stat. I still think a win is a win is a win and anyway you get it is ok with a QB's teammates.
17 months ago

I agree with that, but from my understanding you are saying is 4th quarter comebacks out of ALL games, not just games where he had an opportunity to come back and win. I'd be less impressed by a quarterback who had 20 comeback victories in 80 comeback victory opportunities, and 100 total games, than a quarterback who has 10 comeback victories in 20 comeback victory opportunities and 100 total games.

If he was sixth all time in terms of comeback winning percentage in games where he had a chance at to lead a 4th quarter comeback, I would be more impressed by that.
17 months ago

Like I said before-I still have my doubts about the importance of this stat. What is the most that a QB can do for his team in the Reg. season-he can play good enough to help his Team win enough games to qualify for the playoffs. Does it really matter how he does that??
17 months ago

Okay, well if that's your argument, why did you bring up the comeback stat in the first place? Also I don't consider leading your team into the playoffs 3 out of 5 years to be that impressive.
17 months ago

Bottom line, Romo will be forgotten (to an extent) if does not begin making the big plays ensuring placement in the big games.
17 months ago

Zach-3 out of 5 is 60%, and I would think owners and head coaches would accept it, although probably as a minimum. I post this comeback stat as a way to counter Scott Kacsmar's stat of using just the raw numbers. I am convinced that this stat has to be looked at as a percentage.
17 months ago
Bob - Makes sense.

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