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Cowboy Players Say Farewells As Lockers Are Cleaned

Black Monday is the saddest of all days in the NFL. Of course, it refers to the day after the regular season finishes. For the Cowboys, it seemed as if their Black Monday came in November, but in reality, it came yesterday as players and coaches said goodbye and cleaned out their lockers.

Many players took a few moments to look back at this past season. “I can’t do it,” Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said. “It’s been a roller coaster. I’ve tried to process when we lost Wade at the halfway point. There is no way I can do it in one word. I’d probably have to write a memoir or something. I’ll let you know when that comes out.”

Many of the players echoed similar view points. Some wondered how this team went from division winners a year ago, to basement dwellers this year. Trust me, there is little solace in the fact they own the tie breaker over Washington. For the Cowboys this season was one to forget. Next year, James promises the Cowboys will be much better, claiming he has a much bigger appreciation for winning:

“Next year, however we win I will definitely celebrate ugly wins, blowouts, whatever it is because they’re so precious. Each game that we play, you can’t get them back. We can’t get that first half of the season back. Now we’ve got to go home, watch these playoff games and let it eat at us.”

Instructions that coach Jason Garrett was careful to make sure he communicated. “I told the players to go home and sit on their couch and watch the playoffs,” he said. “I want them to know what they are missing.”

While it is customary for players to have “exit” interviews with the coaches, many players have to wonder if it is the last time they will step into the Valley Ranch locker room. There is a lot of rumours surrounding who will be back with this club next year. Names like Roy Williams, Marion Barber, and Marcus Spears have all been tossed out as potential losses in the offseason. Not too mention there is always a regular turnover of players. But, that isn’t the biggest question on the minds of the Cowboys.

For now, the biggest issue is who will be the next head coach of the Cowboys. A question that Jerry Jones is moving fast to answer. As of today, Ray Sherman and Todd Bowles have both interviewed for the position and Bowles is having a second interview. All of it may be smoke and mirrors as a source in the organization has said that Garrett is the clear front runner. The Cowboys could make an announcement as early as today, but chances are they will wait a couple of more days to make sure they are thorough with the process.

As for the players, they will leave the complex in a little uncertainty. Uncertain of who their next coaches will be. Uncertain of a season next year with the lock out vastly approaching. Most of all, uncertain of what could have been this season, if they had just stepped up to play from the first game until the last.


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