After three consecutive .500 seasons, the Dallas Cowboys won’t be wanting for any motivation when they open camp practices on Thursday.
The Cowboys haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009, a drought so long that a good deal of the bigger stars on the current roster--Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on--still haven’t seen the postseason. Neither has Jason Garrett, as a head coach. He was but an offensive coordinator for that run five years ago.
That said, recent history hasn’t put a damper on the optimism at Cowboys camp in sunny Oxnard, CA.
“It’s never too early to think that,” said safety Barry Church, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s our goal going into Day 1 of the off-season was to get to that goal of the Super Bowl. We have to get through that 8-8 rut and we have to make the playoffs first. It starts one game at a time and we’re just going to focus that way.”
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