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Grading The Cowboys (Pt. 1 of 4)

As the NFL season has come and gone and the Cowboys season being gone even longer, we here at are going to dish out our final grades on the Cowboys season and on the players themselves.

Season Grade: F

For a season that was hyped with such promise the Dallas Cowboys failed to deliver right from the first game of the season.  The Cowboys were an early season favorite to be playing in Cowboys Stadium in February.  Instead, they got the best seats in the house to enjoy the Packers and Steelers battle it out for the Super Bowl.

All Cowboys fans got a taste of what was to come right from the get go.  Dallas opened up their season with an ugly mistake filled effort in Washington, losing 13-7.  That game would set the tone for the Cowboys disastrous season.

The Cowboys would only win one game out of their first eight.  They would drop big games to the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants.  The last one also costing them their star quarterback Tony Romo.  Once Romo went down, the Cowboys looked like they had lost all hope on turning the season around.  The played uninspired football.  The head coach, Wade Phillips, had no answers, and the defense was leaking points like the Titanic.

After a 45-7 thrashing in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, Jerry Jones was forced to make a coaching change.  That coaching change may have saved Jones’ new stadium from being ripped apart by rioting Cowboy fans.  Jones turned over his hopes and future to Jason Garrett.

The change was immediate.  The Cowboys seemed like an overhauled team.  Behind the coaching and inspiration of Garrett, and the arm of Jon Kitna, the Cowboys rebounded from Green Bay with an impressive 33-20 win in New York over the same Giants that had deflated them a month earlier.

The game in New York only seemed to spark the Cowboys as they would go on to win 5 of their last 8 games to finish at 6-10.  In that last stretch they beat the likes of the Giants and Colts and lost to the Eagles, Saints, and Cardinals by a combined 7 points.  They looked like a different team.

Sure there were still problems.  The defense continued to struggle.  The Cowboys finished with the league’s 23rd ranked defense.  They were horrible against the pass (26th) and that didn’t improve a whole lot, but they had a fight about them.  They had regained a swagger.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough from saving them from a final grade of “F”.  For a team that was supposed to contend for a Super Bowl, to not make the playoffs is a fail.  To not finish the season with a winning record is a massive fail.  New coach or not, the Cowboys season was a disaster.  The only thing they have to look forward to is getting this train back on the tracks now that it seems to have had completely come off them.

There are reasons to be positive.  The Cowboys will get Romo back.  They will have the opportunity to strengthen the offensive line, and fix some glaring holes in the defense.  They have brought on some tough coaches who will not stand for anything less than a 110% effort.  The Cowboys will also get the number 9 pick in this year’s NFL draft.

While the Cowboys went down this season, the expectations for next year have not.  Now, questions till remain, no the least of which is how will they rebound from an “F” season?

Next: Offensive Grades

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