As you’ve probably heard, the Dallas Cowboys have finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs by a single win in each of the last three seasons.
Veteran tight end Jason Witten is one of the relatively few Cowboys left on the roster who was there the last time the team won a playoff game, over the Eagles at AT&T Stadium (then known as Cowboys Stadium) back in 2009, but that doesn’t offer him much consolation for the recent middling.
Witten just hopes those who were there have learned from all those (admittedly painful) near misses.
“There’s no question there’s a lot of sleepless nights there, but really, nobody cares,” Witten said, per ESPN Dallas. “Ultimately, you find ways to get to those games, you’ve got to find ways to play better. We got outplayed. Nobody is going to give you anything. You’ve got to earn it. This is a tough league. Nobody cares about last year. You move on, so we’ve got to be better.
“I think each of us has to look ourselves in the mirror. If you want to have that breakthrough, I think it takes a commitment. Hopefully those experiences, we’ll learn from it and be better because of it. I think we’ve got the right guys who will go do it, but it’s a long ways away. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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