Unfortunately, the 2015 NFL season went the complete opposite direction the Dallas Cowboys had hoped for. A team many predicted to go to the Super Bowl in 2016, the Cowboys are currently 4-9 in the worst division in football with three of their wins coming against teams within the NFC East. The Cowboys have won two games since September 20th, the same day Tony Romo suffered his first of two left clavicle injuries.
Week 2 actually wasn’t the first major injury for the Cowboys. In Week 1, the Cowboys’ star receiver, about two months off signing a 5-year, $70 million deal, broke a bone in his right foot, which caused for him to miss six weeks of football. Since his return against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8, Bryant has caught just 22 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Despite Matt Cassel at helm, Cowboys fans have been upset with Bryant’s lack of production, but the hate for the former Oklahoma State product is simply absurd.
After the injury against the New York Giants in Week 1, it was originally reported that Bryant would return in 4-6 weeks. However, it was then reported that the injury timetable would be about 10-12 weeks. But after missing just five games, Bryant returned. Since returning, Bryant has dealt not only with the pain of the foot injury, but he’s also been battling a knee injury he suffered while catching a 51-yard touchdown pass in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The first year of Dez’s mega-contract hasn’t been a good one, but you have to look at the state of the Cowboys. Really no player has had a ton of success this season and a large reason why has been who’s playing at the quarterback position.
2016 will bring a ton of optimism for Cowboys fans. They’ll have a high draft pick in this year’s draft, they’ll be bringing back a ton of key players, and younger players like Byron Jones, Randy Gregory, and Demarcus Lawrence are only to improve. Oh yeah, also a guy named Tony Romo will return to full health.
Dallas may be a laughingstock right now, but an offense with weapons like Romo, Bryant, Jason Witten, and the offensive line mean the Cowboys could be back in business atop the league in no time. It all depends on one thing, can the Cowboys stay healthy? Look at the 2014 season, that year was the healthiest Cowboys season in the past seven years. Look at the success they had and could’ve had if it weren’t for a bogus NFL rule. The talent is there for the Cowboys to make a Super Bowl run in 2017 and if that does indeed happen, Bryant will be one of the main reasons why.