The Dallas Cowboys are 2-5, without Dak Prescott, with a terrible offensive line, and have the worst defense in the all of the National Football League, and appear headed toward their worst season since 1989.
Could there be a silver lining to what has been a dismal season for America’s Team?
I give to you the San Antonio Spurs of the 1996-1997 season. The Spurs went 20-62 in that season in what turned out to be a franchise altering season.
The Spurs lost their superstar center David Robinson, much like how the Dallas Cowboys lost their star quarterback Dak Prescott.
San Antonio also lost veterans such as Sean Elliott, Charles Smith, and Chuck Person to injury.
Similarly the Cowboys lost veterans La’el Collins, Tyron Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch (although Vander Esch is back).
The Spurs had to rely on an old, aging veteran in Dominique Wilkins much like how the Cowboys have to rely on Andy Dalton (once he comes back from his concussion) to guide a terrible team and give fans a reason to watch.
Dallas has been ravaged by injury, inconsistency, and overall lack of talent much like the Spurs were.
Much like the Spurs, the dismal season for the Cowboys was unexpected and obviously disappointing. What led after for the Spurs though was the following NBA’s Draft in which the Spurs were able to secure the No. 1 overall pick and of course selected Tim Duncan.
Duncan would go on to lead the Spurs into a two and a half decade’s worth of dominance with several championships delivered to the franchise.
Maybe, just maybe, the Dallas Cowboys needed a year like this in order to reset and evaluate themselves in an attempt to reassert their dominance over the football world.
This year hasn’t been ideal for the Cowboys, but it may have been what this franchise has needed in attempt to ultimately get back to the top of the NFL’s mountain.
Only time will tell.
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