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Cowboys News: Heartbreaking Loss To Packers Brings Tons Of Offseason Questions

The Cowboys were eliminated early in the midst of a special season. Now, the offseason begins with plenty of questions to answer.

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Reality Sets In As Cowboys Hold Exit Interviews For 2016 Season - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Reality sets in eventually, though it happens at different times. Perhaps some of the Cowboys realized it as soon as Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal snuck inside the left goal post on Sunday.

"A feeling like this never goes away," Prescott said. "Knowing how special this team was, a group of guys, a group of men on this team -- it was truly special."

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys want what's best for Tony Romo - Todd Archer, ESPN
Garrett and the Cowboys want the best for quarterback Tony Romo, who has been a good soldier in his 14 seasons with the franchise.

"Tony has been such a great player for the Cowboys over the course of his career here," Garrett said. "Equally important is he has been such a great person for this organization. He has been a great leader and an example to his teammates, his coaches and people in the community about how to go about it. We certainly want the best for him, whether he is here or whether he is somewhere else."

Jason Garrett has no regrets over spike, coaching decisions - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys fell to the Green Bay Packers 34-31 on Sunday. Coach Jason Garrett has been questioned on how he handled the Cowboys’ last offensive possession.

"Our objective with that much time on the clock and with a timeout was go in and score a touchdown and end the game right there. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to convert in that third down situation. We had to kick the field goal and that’s how that situation played out. But we were trying to score a touchdown in that situation."

Don't fret, Cowboys fans: How history suggests Dallas, its pass rushers will be ready to win in 2017 - Kevin Sherrington, SportsDay

Gather 'round, kids, as gramps here tells a story from the olden days, back when the Cowboys played in a stadium with a leaky roof and Jerry Jones was a new owner in the NFL.

Of the Cowboys' 15 picks in 1992's 12-round draft, seven were defensive backs. Jimmy threw such a wide net, he even drafted a Ranger.

Turns out they could have stopped after the first two DBs, which were Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson. Winning three of the next four Super Bowls indicates it pretty much worked out.

Back in '92, the Cowboys decided to fix their problems by going heavy at defensive back in the draft. They probably don't need to be so position-specific this year. Frankly, they could use help up front or out back.

Garrett Praises Prescott, Romo For Handling QB Situation With Class - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
It was the most publicized storyline of the year – a delicate situation that could have disrupted the locker room in the middle of a special season.

"It was a challenging situation, but the principal people, Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, just handled it beautifully," Garrett said. "We talk about the team, the team, the team and always putting the team first. Those guys put the team first. That’s one of the reasons why we were able to handle it as an organization, how we were able to handle it as a football team.

NFL Officiating Needs To Be Better - VAfan, Blogging The Boys
This is not an article that will claim the Dallas Cowboys lost their playoff game yesterday because of a blown official call. But it’s worth looking at two examples where the officials didn’t even know the rules.

Overall in yesterday’s game, there were very few penalties. Green Bay was flagged three times for 22 yards. Dallas was flagged only six times for 50 yards. When these teams met in Green Bay earlier in the year, Dallas was flagged seven times for 60 yards, and Green Bay was flagged five times for 23 yards. So the flags for each game were pretty close in number, and they were not high by any measure.

The flags that were thrown were, however, potentially very influential in the game. There are two we are going to highlight.

After another playoff failure, big decisions loom for Cowboys - ESPN Stats & Information
The Cowboys have a number of personnel decisions to make after another disappointing playoff exit, including what to do with their old franchise QB.

Postseason woes aplenty: Among the 22 NFL teams with at least 10 playoff games over that time, the Cowboys' 2-8 mark is the worst record. The Miami Dolphins are next-worst at 3-7, followed by the San Diego Chargers (4-6) and Minnesota Vikings (6-9).

Cowboys’ biggest off-season decision is Tony Romo’s future - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys began looking forward a day after their 2016 season ended in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. The future of backup quarterback Tony Romo is the biggest decision the Cowboys face.

"Good things will happen for Tony Romo. A lot of things will be discussed over the next few weeks."

Chip on Dak Prescott's shoulder has grown, and that's good for Cowboys: 'We're going to get better from' loss - David Moore, SportsDay
A quarterback can gloss over an emotional loss by speaking in platitudes that don't reveal the depth of disappointment. Or he can choose is words carefully, revealing a bit of the raw emotions he and his teammates feel behind the scenes.

"As coach said, the only thing that matters is what we do now. What I do to make myself better, what I do to help my teammates get better that are going to be on this team in the future. Just stay focused. It's going to allow the chip on our shoulder, the chip on my shoulder, just to grow and us to get better and improve."

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