The defense had injuries last season but what's the excuse for the way the defense performed in 2011 and the way it performed in 2010 which resulted in the D giving up a franchise record number of points? Sure injuries played a part in what happened last season but the defense has been playing like crap since 2010 which is why Ryan got the boot. Even before Lee and Carter went down the defense wasn't looking good. A well rested D got shredded in week 2 vs Seattle. As for the coaching the way Jerry undermines all his head coaches no strong, capable HC will take the job. A team is more than one position but the NFL is a QB driven league and there's no excuse for any team to suffer through back to back 8-8 seasons that has a franchise QB who's put up the numbers Romo has the past 2 seasons. He had a career season in 2011 finishing the year with a 102.5 passer rating and the Cowboys still ended up 8-8. There's been issues with the play calling which is why Garrett was stripped of that job and there's been issues with game management that's cost the team games and will undoubtedly cost Garrett his job if it continues. One of the main reasons Garrett was stripped of his play calling duties wasn't just the issues with his play calling it's an attempt to help free him up so he can manage games better.