The Cowboys know about as well as any team in the league that being good on paper doesn’t necessarily translate to results on the field. Going into each of the last five seasons (at least), Dallas has been lauded for their on-paper talent, but the team has managed just one playoff win in that span.
So it’s understandable that some of the veteran Cowboys aren’t ready to declare their offseason moves a guaranteed, complete cure-all, as a few optimistic outsiders seem to believe.
“It's one thing to add and upgrade your roster,” said tight end Jason Witten recently, per the Dallas Morning News. “But it's another to see those guys come in and be difference-makers. So that's what we're all hoping for and encouraged by. It doesn't just happen overnight."
That said, Witten does believe that the draft and the addition of seven veteran free agents will help.
"Just looking at it on paper I think our football team got a lot better," he said. "...Jerry is always giving you every opportunity to be at your best. And he's not afraid to go get those guys. That's Line 1 of why you love playing for the Cowboys is having him as an owner.
"But I think that ability to make that transition with those guys--not just having it on paper--but for us to go and play better. You look at those games, New England, Giants at home, there are numerous games where you had an opportunity to put them away and we didn't. Give them credit. They made the plays they needed to make. But we need to have that finishing mentality to finish those type of games. I think that's what our focus is right now. I think those guys we're adding through the draft and obviously free agency will be a big help to what we want to do."
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