NFL 25 Dream Teams that ended up being failures: 13. 2015 Dallas Cowboys
Is there any picture that tells the story of this era of Dallas Cowboys football than Jason Garrett smiling and clapping on the sidelines? The quarterback throws an interception? Garrett is clapping. Running back fumbles? Garrett is clapping. 100-yard touchdown return to put the Cowboys up 3? Garrett is clapping. No matter what, Garrett was clapping.
He didn’t have much to clap for in 2015. The Cowboys were coming off a 12-4 season, and they had Super Bowl aspirations. It was time to get the monkey off the team’s back. They gave big contracts to Garrett and Dez Bryant to keep the core together. They kept pretty much everyone outside of DeMarco Murray, but they added Rolando McClain through a trade and Byron Jones and Randy Gregory in the NFL Draft.
It went about as we expect from a Cowboys team with expectations. They won the first two games of the season, then they lost the next seven. Tony Romor broke his collarbone in that Week 2 game, and the Cowboys couldn’t recover. They also lost Dez Bryant. Brandon Weeden was not able to get wins for the team like Romo could.
The Cowboys defense gave up too many big plays, and the offense was not good enough to make up for their transgressions. It took one major injury, and the Cowboys season was over before the end of September.