One… Two… Three… Four… Five… That's exactly how many games the Dallas Cowboys have left on their 2020 regular-season schedule. That's one finger each on your hand if you're counting at home. Subtracting a finger each week will leave you with a fist, something you hopefully haven't punched to the wall watching the Cowboys this season.
With five games remaining to close out the season the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a precarious situation. Even at 3-8 they still somehow have a chance to make the playoffs, which in my opinion could do more harm than good. A lot of people seem to agree and that's why the talk about tanking the rest of the year is such a popular topic right now.
Jerry Jones has already addressed the media as to what he thinks about tanking the rest of the season and all but put the kibosh on that idea. But, that doesn't necessarily mean the Cowboys will be going all out to win these next five contests. They can still go out and give an all-out effort, but do it in a way that has more the future in mind instead of the present.
If it were me, I think I'd use the remainder of the 2020 season to get a jump start on the self-evaluation process. That's why I would approach these final five games as if it were the preseason. I'd personally put everybody under the microscope to find out exactly the direction this team needs to take to better themselves for the future.
After such a disastrous season the Dallas Cowboys will have their work cut out for them one way or another. Getting a jump start on the self-evaluation process could actually help speed things up. Ben Franklin put it best, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Wise words from a wise man and fitting ones for the Cowboys if I do say so myself.
One thing for sure, changes are coming for the Dallas Cowboys. Adjustments will be made to hopefully improve the roster as well as the coaching staff and that's the way it should be. Knowing exactly the best course to take though will require countless hours of work, so why not go ahead and get started as soon as possible?
Odds are the Cowboys already have a pretty good idea of their “problem areas”. They probably already know which coaches are receiving a pink slip and which players they will be letting go and which ones they will be trying to retain. However, using the remainder of the season to make sure isn't exactly a bad idea.
With all of that in mind, I think the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to get a jumpstart on the evaluation process by treating the remainder of the season like it's preseason. They can still go out and play as hard as they want, but do it in a way that has more of the future in mind. There is still at least hope for the future. The same can't be said about the present.