Sometimes it’s impossible to overcome bad luck. The Cowboys experienced a lost year in 2020 after Prescott’s season-ending injury. They went through a succession of quarterbacks as they tried to salvage something but failed. Nobody prepares for the type of bad luck they suffered that year (via The Guardian).
2016 was another example of Prescott enduring bad luck. He had a great game against the Packers after they made it to the Divisional Round. They held the No.1 seed but couldn’t stop Aaron Rodgers in overtime. He threw for 302 yards with three touchdowns but a late Packer field goal clinched another playoff defeat for the Cowboys.
Romo is emblematic of the Cowboys’ problems over the past couple of decades. It’s easy to cast him as a statistical success because he holds many Dallas records. But he also went 2-4 in playoff appearances across 14 seasons. That’s atrocious and it’s bizarre that the franchise never moved on from him.
The four-time Pro Bowler was also directly culpable in some of their defeats. No fans will forget that failed snap in the 2007 Wild Card Game against the Seahawks. Romo was a great quarterback but he shows the mental weaknesses of Dallas’s front office. They wanted the new Troy Aikman and it terrified them to try another option (via Whiskey Riff).
The main reason why the Cowboys continue to fail every season is their owner Jerry Jones. No, the polarizing owner isn’t on the field when they are blowing it in the playoffs. But he is the most hands-on owner in the NFL and that’s hurting his franchise. This isn’t new because he’s been breaking ‘America’s Team since he took over in 1989.
From firing Tom Landry to retaining Jason Garrett, the list continues. Meanwhile, he has no moral compass as he showed when he signed Greg Hardy and kept Ezekiel Elliot. The franchise has become a reflection of its owner because it has a lot of money but it won’t have a legacy to show for it (via Bleacher Report).