The Dallas Cowboys had a quality chance to make it to the Super Bowl in the late 2000s. The Cowboys went 13-3 and earned a first round bye in 2007 before losing to the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Round, who then went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
That era from 2007-2010 was arguably the Cowboys’ best window when they boasted a roster with some of the best talent in the league with Pro Bowl players such as Terrell Owens, Flozell Adams, Jason Witten, Roy Williams, Marion Barber, DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin. They only could manage one win in the playoffs during that time though.
“Now for us not to having got it done during those years is a mess up,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. “You got to get it when you’re high like that. When you’re high up on it. You can’t miss your bus when you got your quarterback and you got good talent around him and if you miss that bus in the NFL.”
In a very un-Jerry Jones like move, he is shouldering the blame and actually references cap mismanagement.
“We should have been knocking on the door and we haven’t and I have no excuses, it starts here,” Jones said. “But we have not. I know that to the extent that we have a healthy Romo, our best chance to get back to the Super Bowl is a healthy Romo.”
“All of that boils down to management of a cap, management of certainly having players that deserve to get the money that you got,” Jones said. “When I look back on it, we probably paid some people that we probably would have been better off not paying.”
Unfortunately that doesn’t make the Cowboys any closer to contending for a Super Bowl. They’re dealing with cap issues again and their third set off coordinators in three years.