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Dallas Cowboys football this season can be described in a word: Miserable. But hey, coach Mike McCarthy says it won’t always be this way.
“We’re not where we need to be,” McCarthy told reporters. “Clearly. Our record reflects it. We can improve on a number of things. It’s just not one area, one person. Everybody’s 3-9 right now, so we all need to do a better job.”
Actually, the Cowboys are the only team in the NFC East that’s 3-9, but you get the point. McCarthy was referring to the entire organization, indicating no one is blameless. (Though you could sure point a damning finger at the defense.)
The Cowboys have suffered through injuries to starting quarterback Dak Prescott and then to backup Andy Dalton. Somewhere in there, they had to use Garrett Gilbert, whose claim to fame was playing well in the quickly evaporated AAFL.
“It’s definitely a challenge. We’re all in this to win. Make no mistake about it. No one is happy,” McCarthy said. “No one likes where we are today. But I think to a man everybody sees the opportunity to continue to build. We still have a number of opportunities in front of us. With that, my focus has always been about improving. We definitely need to improve.”
Despite the misery, the Cowboys really are still only two games behind the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, who sit atop the division at 5-7. So a 6-10 record may be all it takes to get to the playoffs.
No matter what happens this year, though, McCarthy insisted he is a believer.
“I’m glad to be a Dallas Cowboy,” McCarthy said. “I love it here. This is a phenomenal opportunity. Make no mistake about it. This is not where we intended to be. This is not where we’re going to stay.”