It will take a long time to get over the fact that in a game where the season was on the line, the Dallas Cowboys failed to score even a single touchdown.
To be honest, there’s a lot from the 2017 season that will take some time to forget. This season has felt lost for quite some time, and whether it was another controversy or injury, it never seemed to be one destined for glory.
Needs seem simple for the Cowboys from a football perspective depending on what the day is and who you ask, but the reality is that there are a lot of questions hovering over a team that lived up to a cliche of disappointment.
One of the best parts of BTB is where we get in a room, hash things out, and come up with what feels like the best plan. In that spirit, what questions burn in your brain or causes for concern force you to scream?
Here are five, some you’d expect and some at least worth discussion, that I’ve got. Promise to like them, deal?
Is Kellen Moore going to come back... again?
The Kellen Moore situation is one that has become a tradition of exhaustion in late August and early September.
This season the Cowboys actually released Kellen because they knew no one wanted him, brought him back, made him the backup quarterback, released him again, and signed him to the practice squad. This really happened.
One of the most common terms when it comes to rosters in the NFL is progress-stopper. Moore could have potentially stopped the Cowboys from keeping Cooper Rush, but thankfully they wised up in that regard.
The point is, at what point does Kellen Moore stop burning up a spot on the 53-man roster or practice squad? He obviously isn’t prioritized as the back up in Dallas, and whatever knowledge he brings that is so critical certainly didn’t do anything this year.
Does it make any legitimate sense to pick up Byron Jones’ fifth year option?
Time flies, and as it does, it’s time to pick up Byron Jones’ fifth year option. Whether the Cowboys choose to do so remains to be seen.
Basically everyone A lot of people feel that moving Byron to corner is the best thing possible, but that’s also something we don’t know whether will happen or not. The idea of Byron Jones at safety is one worth discussing, but could be complicated if Dallas is indeed able to land someone like, say, Earl Thomas.
Earl Thomas went into Cowboys locker room to talk with Dez. Earl to Garrett: “If y’all have the chance, come get me.” pic.twitter.com/RiGkHB1JsX— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 25, 2017
The last person to not have their option picked up by the Cowboys was Morris Claiborne, who came back for that fifth year on a one-year deal anyway. Is Byron heading for that same fate?
Will the Cowboys do anything about the sun in AT&T Stadium?
I told you some of these were a bit off-the-wall, but it’s basically the offseason, so let’s party.
Look, the sun is a real factor in the home of the Cowboys when they play in the afternoon. And you know what? Because they’re the Cowboys, they play in the afternoon... a lot.
There are multiple Cowboys who are on record as saying the sun is an issue for them in various ways. Cowboys brass insists that it’s not. If someone’s saying it is though, isn’t it?
It’s not like we’re going to get an episode of Fixer Upper where the Cowboys makeover the world’s most luxurious stadium to accommodate for something like the sun, but wouldn’t it make sense to have a conversation about this finally?
If the Cowboys refuse, again, to acknowledge the sun then they’re basically admitting that this thing that their own players say is an issue is something that they don’t even want to discuss. Think about that.
How do we win the war against hamstrings?
Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Sean Lee are the first three names that came to my mind when thinking about hamstring injuries to the Cowboys this season.
I know Miles Austin is on the sidelines for the team these days, but this whole hamstring issue has got to end. The data suggests that something is in the water, and while there obviously isn’t, is there not a hamstring specialist?
What do these three players, and anyone else with #hammyprobs, have in common as far as kinesiology is concerned? What are they all eating? What exercises are they all doing? There are undoubtedly common denominators, and some work should be done to see if they provide any information on this topic, as it’s hindered the team.
Will Anthony Hitchens get the Barry Church treatment?
One important free agent on the Cowboys is linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Hitch has been incredible at different times this season, especially considering he almost missed it all entirely.
Dallas let their entire secondary, for real, walk in free agency last season, and to be honest they supplemented things quite well throughout the draft process. The future is certainly bright with the kids in the back of the defense.
As true as that is, there is no denying that the Cowboys missed some that they let go last year, Barry Church is an example. While the Cowboys somewhat scraped by (although they’re missing the playoffs), it’s hard to argue they could have been better off had they kept a player or two.
Anthony Hitchens cannot get Barry Church’d. He’s a great linebacker on a team who’s best one is unfortunately injury prone and who’s next-best one struggled in his first season coming back from an inordinate medical circumstance.
What questions do you have? What points do you want addressed? Let’s fight this thing together, BTB.