The Dallas Cowboys seemingly made some great strides in 2014.
After finishing 8-8 and out of the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, they broke through to win their first NFC East Championship since 2009. Also for the first time in five years, they won a playoff game, and they were arguably a controversial call away from being in the NFC Championship Game.
But those wins, those strides, won’t count for anything in 2015 and as such, veteran tight end and team captain Jason Witten doesn’t see this season as building on anything, but rather starting over from scratch.
“To us, I think it’s easier for (media) to say ‘they’re building on something.’” Witten told the team’s official website. “But you don’t build, you start over. You go do it again. When it’s 8-8, you start over. When you’re 12-4, you have to go back and start over again. I think the teams that have done a really good job with Coach Garrett’s message and our guys with the way we work that we’re going to go prove it and get better.”