With a team such as the Dallas Cowboys, improvement is an essential part of the franchise. After a devasting loss in the postseason, we can take a look at some subjects that can be ameliorated on the team.
First up is to look at the offense. Honestly, not much can be said here. After a season of having the #1 offense in the league, what is there to say? What they should do is just make sure their players are healthy and ready for game day.
However, with that said, the Cowboys' secondary wasn't having the best stats. Even with a star cornerback like Trevon Diggs, Dallas ranked 20th in the NFL for pass defense. That is a huge part of the defense and is one subject that they need to improve on before the season starts.
A topic that not too many people are focused on is the coaching of the team.
Last season the team performed at peak levels while the play calling was questionable throughout the games. Head Coach Mike McCarthy's coaching skills have been concerning to fans as many speculate that he isn't the right coach for the Cowboys.
If the Cowboys want to improve on coaching they must earn the fans' trust back with better play calls by McCarthy.
Another huge problem that the Cowboys faced last season was clock management. Yes, it sends shivers down my spine as well when talking about it, with so many times throughout the season where precious seconds were lost or given to the other team. However, one incident stands out more than others.
January 16th, 2022 was the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. If only the skill of clock management was with the Cowboys that day. With fourteen seconds left and on the 40-yard line, all Dallas had to do was get a touchdown for the win.
Instead, Mike McCarthy calls a play designed to have Dak Prescott run up the middle with no timeouts. This led the clock to tick off and expire with the Dallas Cowboys losing. This play call is what drove fans off the deep end.
With the Cowboys' season ending like that, it's easy to start shouting out how they could do better but I believe that those are about the only severe changes needed going into next season.
Holding to those adjustments can lead the Cowboys to another great season with perhaps a better outcome. We will have to see if they can handle these improvements and execute them well during games.