Dismal Loss To Redskins Spells The End Of An Era For Dallas Cowboys
In closing out the 2002 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys found a new low of futility, as they spit fumes of frustration and coasted to the finish line a rubble of failure and burnt expectations. By a 20-14 final, the Washington Redskins capped off a fitting salute to a Dallas regime that knew no ends to finding defeat.
A season that had been one of such high hopes for team owner Jerry Jones back in August, had finally arrivied at its conclusion in the NFC East cellar, his Cowboys the proud owners of a 5-11 record for the third consecutive year. Jones knew he would say goodbye to head coach Dave Campo after the game. He also figured that Emmitt Smith would never suit up in a Cowboy uniform again.
What Jones didn’t know was that rookie quarterback Chad Hutchinson had also started his final game for the Cowboys. Bruised and battered after a brutal nine-game stretch which netted 34 sacks and a mere two victories, Hutchinson had little of anything approaching confidence left after his fifth straight outing with fewer than 200 yards passing.
Yes, it was truly a day of goodbyes, one that Cowboy fans would probably like to forget.