The Dallas Cowboys certainly have a lot of problems that seem to show up in the worst way in big games and especially in the playoffs.
“It’s never been a talent thing with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s always been an execution thing — execution from the standpoint of making the plays when you need to and not beating yourself. And I think our Dallas Cowboys — we keep beating ourselves. And sometimes, we have the tendency to take things for granted because we’re so talented. When you’re talented, you think your talent can overcome a lot of different things. But the game of football is more than just talent,” Smith said in a recent Q&A.
“As we would say, the game is 10% physical and 90% mental. I’m going to say that again — 10% physical and 90% mental.
“I don’t think our team has understood the mental aspect of the game except for what’s required and the timeline of the sustainability of that mental focus.”
That mental side of it was on display in the worst way when Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t get the ball set after a 17-yard run against the San Francisco 49ers in the closing seconds of their playoff game. Time expired as the Cowboys didn’t make room for an official to set the ball. Prescott, the former Mississippi State QB, ran the ball with 14 seconds remaining and no timeouts.
Now, the team is coming into a new season without Randy Gregory, who spurned them for the Broncos, and Amari Cooper after they traded him to the Browns.