One year ago on December 19, 2009 the Cowboys record stood at 9-5 after going to New Orleans and beating the undefeated Saints 24-17. DeMarcus Ware, who a week earlier was taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury, played in the game. He recorded two sacks and forced fumbles on both sacks. The last fumble coming with just six seconds left in the game.
The victory over the Saints seemed to give the Cowboys new life. They traveled to Washington the next week and beat the Redskins 17-0. Then they finished the season at home beating the Eagles 24-0. The Cowboys were NFC East Champions and were getting ready for a Wildcard rematch with the same Eagles team they had just beaten.
The rematch with the Eagles was no contest as the Cowboys took a 27-7 halftime lead. They finished off the Eagles 34-14 and earned a trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
Everything came crashing down the following week as the Cowboys lost to the Vikings 34-3. The Vikings were the better team that day and could do nothing wrong. Even though the Cowboys had lost there was a feeling that good things awaited the Cowboys going into the 2010 season. It was going to be a season filled with promise and also a chance to play the Super Bowl in their own stadium.
Here are the Cowboys one year later and their record is 5-9. In what could be the most disappointing season in recent memory the Cowboys will soon be clearing out their lockers and heading home while the playoffs are going on. The season as we all know started off at 0-2 and from there the Cowboys could not recover as the losses continued to pile up. Their record stood at 1-7 when Coach Wade Phillips was fired at the beginning of November and the team was handed over to Jason Garrett.
There never seemed to be an answer about why the Cowboys 2010 season went terribly wrong. The blame seemed to cover everything from coaching, to injuries, to not being prepared, to over confidence and age. The players never seemed to know and of course as a fan I can voice my opinions, but I have no idea either.
What I do know is that there are many questions as the Cowboys head off into this off-season. Does Jason Garrett become the Cowboys full time head coach? Who will be the defensive coordinator? What kinds of changes will happen with the offensive line? Will Marion Barber be back with the team? What changes will be made with the Cowboys secondary?
This off-season should be very interesting to see which direction Jerry Jones decides to go in with his team. In the coming months we will learn about the Cowboys coaching staff, Tony Romo’s shoulder injury, Dez Byrant’s ankle injury, the release of certain players, free agency and of course the draft where the Cowboys will have a high draft pick.
Buckle up Cowboys fans and let’s see where this ride takes us. Should be an interesting off-season.