In yet another freakish game this season the Cowboys lost thanks to a missed extra point and another last minute defensive breakdown. It feels like the end can't come quickly enough. While the Cowboys are playing with a lot more heart and intensity under Jason Garrett there are just too many holes in the roster right now to overcome.
There are clearly going to have to be some big roster moves made in the offseason and Jerry Jones has a big decision to make about Jason Garrett. The offensive line is obviously a problem. The free safety position is a joke. The middle linebackers have become old and slow. And Terence Newman's age at cornerback has to be a concern as does the poor play of Mike Jenkins. Do I even need to mention kicker?
I still believe that Jason Garrett is the man for the job as head coach. I realize that the deficit they found themselves in against the Cardinals came with him coaching. But his team fought and clawed their way back into the game even playing with their third string quarterback playing for the first time in his NFL career after Kitna went down. And keep in mind that McGee essentially had no practice reps all season long. Garrett had to adjust the entire offense on the fly to allow McGee to be successful in the game. With a full offseason I believe Jason Garrett could complete the transformation of the Cowboys back into a contender.
Stephen McGee will probably get a shot to earn his spot on the roster next season. And it will be important for the Cowboys to know what they have in McGee because it makes a big impact on their draft plans in the offseason. If McGee can show more promise like he did against the Cardinals then the Cowboys may have their long term solution at backup quarterback. They will still need to find a future starter but they can afford to wait a few more years on that with Romo only 30 right now.
The worst part about this season is how numb I have become to the devastating, last minute losses. The more the Cowboys lose the easier it is to take because my expectations have been lowered so far from where they were at the start of the season. But that doesn't mean I won't expect more from the Cowboys next season. I know Jerry Jones is committed to putting a winner on the field but he obviously needs to re-evaluate many of the roster decisions he has made over the last few years. A lot of guys won't be back next season. There have to be big changes if there will be any hope of being competitive next year. The Cardinal game was just a reminder of how much work the Cowboys will have to do in the offseason.