The Dallas Cowboys have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2020 season. Dallas holds one of the worst marks in the league through the first half of the campaign, which has brought forth questions about the team’s fate the rest of the way. Team owner Jerry Jones has now stepped forward to bring some clarity on that front.
Cowboys’ porous start to the 2020 season
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2020 season with high hopes of contending for the Super Bowl.
Those lofty aspirations have quickly gone out the window, with the team suffering some significant injuries. Dallas has already lost Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins for the season. Since Prescott’s injury, their offense has been in shambles, while their defense continues to play at a historically porous pace.
All that has guided the Cowboys to drop six out of their first eight games, including each of their last three contests by double-digit margins. The questions around the team are now centered on their fate for the second half of the season, with the franchise clearly out of Super Bowl contention.
Team owner Jerry Jones has addressed the situation by voicing subtle hints on where the franchise stands on “tanking” the 2020 campaign.
Jerry Jones discusses “tanking” the rest of the 2020 season
The Dallas Cowboys’ disappointing start to the 2020 season has brought into question their fate for the rest of the year.
Dallas looks far from being a playoff team, let alone a Super Bowl contender with their porous play on both ends of the ball. With that in mind, team owner Jerry Jones voiced on Tuesday morning ahead of the trade deadline that the Cowboys will not “tank” but rather play particular young talent. (H/T Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News)
“Could you make a decision to play a younger player more, or a player that you’re going to be pretty firm that you’re going to be going forward with contract wise than a different situation, and the answer is.” Jones said. “I can see that, yeah. I can see making sure that you get these guys those reps.
Jones continued: “The only way to have and get better in the NFL is (to get) reps. And game reps are precious and hard to come by. You don’t get them by just that issue, if you’re sitting their competing for a championship. So I think young players should be doing it anyway.”
The Cowboys’ position has left them with not much choice but to see what young talent can step in to prove that they can be long-term pieces. The 2020 season isn’t what Jones or the team expected, but the silver lining may see what players are future foundational pieces well beyond this campaign.
Dallas still have a chance to compete for NFC East title
The Dallas Cowboys have put forth anything but a promising start to the season, but the team remains technically in the playoff contention in the NFC East.
Dallas is two games behind the Philadelphia Eagles, who hold a 3-4-1 record, which keeps them in striking distance. What helps their chances is that none of the NFC East teams look like they can garner any separation from the bunch. The Cowboys will have an uphill battle ahead that includes matchups against the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers.
Any chance at reaching the playoffs is probably unlikely, but the opportunity is still there heading into the second half of the season.