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2013 Dallas Cowboys Team Preview: Romo Seeks to Lead Skilled Roster to a Playoff Berth

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

State of the Franchise

For the second straight season, the Cowboys headed into Week 17 with a chance to win the NFC East title and clinch a spot in the postseason, only to come up short and have their 2012 campaign end early. There were plenty of scapegoats to go around. Dallas fans love to hate QB Tony Romo despite his consistently good-to-great numbers. Plus, injuries hit almost every important player on both sides of the ball at some point during the year. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ended up being the fall guy for the team’s failure. Owner/GM Jerry Jones instead went all-in with his offense, as coach Jason Garrett and his uninspiring 21-19 regular season record were retained, while Romo received a contract extension to rival Joe Flacco’s massive post-Super Bowl deal.

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