The Dallas Cowboys are doomed to finishing in last place, and it is all but certain they will finish with a losing record.
The Dallas Cowboys have gone 8-8 for three consecutive seasons, and they lost their Week 17 game in each of those seasons. This cost them the NFC East title each time.
Quarterback Tony Romo has taken a shoulder of the blame for the Cowboys’ playoff drought that has endured since 2009. While he has had his fair share of game-costing blunders, his supporting cast and coaching staff have not helped matters either.
Here are five reasons why the Cowboys will hit rock bottom and have a losing record.
5. Jerry Jones
Although the Cowboys have won three Super Bowls since Jones became their owner, he has become a huge part of their woes. The controversial owner has taken over as the general manager while resuming his post at owner, and he has made countless draft blunders and overpaid for free agents. This has caused the Cowboys to be over the salary cap, and it has forced Jones to cut veterans such as DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin. He has also made mistakes with the coaching staff, such as firing Rob Ryan and hiring Monte Kiffin. Ryan rejuvenated the Saints defense in 2013 as Kiffin led the Cowboys defense to being one of the worst in NFL history.
4. Jason Garrett
Garrett has cost the Cowboys many games in his time as their head coach, and his play calling mistakes have often been the difference between the Cowboys making and missing the playoffs. For instance, Garrett chose to ice his own kicker in 2011. In addition, the former offensive coordinator has severely underutilized running back DeMarco Murray. This includes situations where the Cowboys held leads and just needed to run the clock out. However, Garrett still chooses to pass in those situations. This was most notable in the game when the Cowboys blew a 26-3 lead to the Green Bay Packers.