IRVING, Texas -- Jason Witten opened training camp with a simple message that 2012 can’t be the same old story.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it was with their 28-18 loss to Washington to finish 8-8 for the second straight year.
“I believe in what I said,” Witten said. “It’s a bad feeling to have this feeling again. I stand by it. In the end, it was, although the foundation was laid and guys did a great job and that was a great year in a lot of ways. But it’s got to turn the corner and the only way you can do that is by getting better and executing those plays and those situations. When you don’t do a good enough job then it is the same old story, and that’s why we’re in this situation. It doesn’t change the way you approach it and the expectations will be high and we’ll have to go prove it. We’re not expecting anything different."
Witten continued: "You’ve just got to stomach it up and be better because of it, that’s the only way you can get to the top. I think all good players, all good teams when they do get there, they think back to those opportunities and what they learned from it to make them a better team. I think that’s what we’ll do collectively.”
As Witten enters his 11th season with only one playoff win, he doesn’t wonder if Super Bowl success will happen for the Cowboys.
“I think it’s a ‘when,’” Witten said. “The foundation is laid but I don’t want to feel like a coward saying that right now being 8-8. I mean, it is a bottom-line business, I can’t say that enough. I believe it will happen and we will get there but ultimately you’ve got to go do that and I understand that completely.”
Despite having a core group that has suffered through the same old story since 2006, coach Jason Garrett does not believe there is a sense of predetermined fate that has set in.
“It has to be a ‘when,’ and knowing the guys that you’re referring to, it is a when,” Garrett said. “They’re just going to continue to do the things the right way each and every day to lead this football team to help us take that next step.”