There is no real excuse for the Dallas Cowboys to be in the position they are in.

One season after going 13-3 and laying the foundation of a contender for years to come if not seemingly on the brink of a Super Bowl run, the Cowboys head into Sunday’s season final against the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to avoid their fourth 8-8 season under Jason Garrett.

Their season is essentially over as they will be home for the playoffs for the 18th time over the past 27 years, fourth under in seven full seasons under Garrett.

It has proven to be an all-too-familiar occurrence since their most recent Super Bowl title in 1995.

“Well, I think that we all are disappointed because we didn't meet our expectation,” owner Jerry Jones said. “We shouldn't have had the record that we had this year.”

Yet, Jones is looking ahead with optimism rather than looking back with anger.

He has no interest in making a move with coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett's presence allows Jones to be Jones.

But Jones also has a bigger and more convenient target for the team's failure.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains the boogeyman who stole the Cowboys season with the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott after supposedly telling Jones that there would be no discipline for allegedly assaulting former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.