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NFL Report Card: Dallas Cowboys

 

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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What a terrible season! This team was in the conversation with the Super Bowl favorites at the beginning of the year, but they only finished 4-12. Why would Jerry Jones not have a competent back-up for a injury-prone 35-year-old quarterback? Considering the Cowboys had six losses that were one-score games, the season could have been much different if they had any kind of talent at quarterback outside of Tony Romo. It also did not help that Dez Bryant was sidelined, or hobbled, for the majority of the season. If you want to be positive, you could talk about how Darren McFadden had a comeback season by running for his first 1,000-yard season since 2010. Unfortunately, we could also talk about the incredible downward spiral of the former starter, Joseph Randle.d

Without the offense dominating time-of-possession this season, they Cowboys defense looked bad again. Statistically they were in the bottom third of the league for most categories. Struggling to create turnovers, this defense ranked last in the league with only eleven total takeaways. This was bad news, especially when the offense had the most giveaways in the league with 33! Although there wasn’t much to be happy about with the poor play and the whole Hardy debacle, it was nice to see linebacker Sean Lee on the field again. He was able to stay moderately healthy and played 14 games, most since 2011. Even though he missed two games, he still led the team in tackles with 128.

Final Grade: F

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?

Cornerback. I could have said any defensive position since they need help all over, but they especially need some secondary help. Addressing this position is obviously both a short and long-term need. The Cowboys also need to think about the future. Tony Romo can only break his clavicle so many times before he calls it quits. Now is the time to look for the quarterback of the future, not when Kellen Moore and Matt Cassel are your only two options left.

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