With playoffs out of reach, evaluating talent can be balanced with trying to win
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Since 2005, the Dallas Cowboys
and New York Giants
are the only NFC teams to not have a losing record.
That streak is over for the Cowboys, who are 4-9 with three games to play.
"It's definitely an unusual position," linebacker Bradie James
said. "We haven't been in this position in a long, long time."
James, Jason Witten
, Tony Romo
and Terence Newman
were in their second seasons when the Cowboys finished 6-10 in 2004. The theme then was the same as now: win as much as possible.
With three games to play in 2004, the Cowboys were 5-8 and then-coach Bill Parcells chose to stick with the ageless Vinny Testaverde
as his starting quarterback over Drew Henson
and Romo. The Cowboys' only win during that stretch (versus Washington) was sandwiched around NFC East losses to Philadelphia and the Giants.
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