The Cowboys’ season ended yesterday evening with a 19-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The game was tight all night, and both teams had an opportunity to break the game open, but it remained a one-possession game throughout.
The outcome was different from what everyone wanted, but the Cowboys had plenty of chances to win the football game. Now questions will linger once again as they move into the off-season.
Many of those are the future of current players’ contracts, players who are set to become free agents, and more.
The loss hurts to the game hurts, and so does the injury to Tony Pollard. Once he went down, the game seemed to flip. Pollard was the juice of that offense this season, and not saying the Cowboys would have won, but the game probably ended up a bit different.
According to multiple sources, Pollard suffered a fractured left fibula that will require surgery, typically requiring a three-month recovery. The injury now leaves the door open for the front office to decide what to do with him and Ezekiel Elliott before next season.
For a second straight year after the Divisional Round of the playoffs, we are wondering what will happen this off-season to try and get this team over the hump.
Jerry Jones didn’t take long to speak to the media after the game was over, saying how sorry he felt for the fans, blah blah blah. We hear the same thing every single season.
Mike McCarthy is going nowhere after back-to-back 12 wins seasons and a playoff victory; he has already noted that. Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore is where it gets tricky.
Is there any decision that needs to be made on Mike McCarthy’s future with the Cowboys? “No,” Jerry Jones said. “No, not at all.”
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) January 23, 2023
Quinn will have plenty of chances to leave to become a head coach somewhere. If he does, the Cowboys may be hurting on that side of the ball. The defense was excellent yesterday; they did everything right outside a Trevon Diggs drop INT that led to a touchdown.
This is the worst. Waiting to see if the front office will take the necessary steps to help get this team further than the Divisional Round.
Everyone is going to have their thoughts on what this team should do. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, all we are is just another voice.
We know the core group of players will probably be run back out here next season for another try. Whether we like it or not, but man, if the Pollard injury didn’t show the guys up in the booth that this team needs more playmakers, then I don’t know what will.
Lamb had ten catches for 117 yards. The next leading receiver for Dallas was Dalton Schultz, who had five catches for 27 yards. How can they look at this and think this is enough to get it done?
Nonetheless, they had enough to win this game. The injury to Pollard, the interceptions hurt, and the drop INT by Diggs hurt. Yet they still found a way to stay in the game.
I’m not holding my breath on Jones and the front office making splash moves to help this team.