Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas, Stephen Smith column

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 9:13 am •  Published: April 24, 2014

In the heat of the NBA playoffs and the outset of a new baseball season, the NFL steals the spotlight yet again by simply releasing its schedule.

And yeah, there’s not a studio analyst or football guru on this earth or any other that’s going to be able to tell you what’s going to happen five months from now, but — if I may — the schedule makers didn’t do the Dallas Cowboys any favors whatsoever.

Did Cowboys owner Jerry Jones say or do something to get the NFL angry with him and his team?

Is this schedule a plot to show them that rebuilding really is the way to go?

Honestly, if you had to boil the situation down to a single word, that word would have to be “cruel.”

As we peer into an uncertain future for the ‘Boys, there are two major issues to be aware of:

Issue No. 1: The Bye Week

The Cowboys won’t get their bye until Week 11 and with the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and world champion Seattle Seahawks among their first 10 opponents, getting to the break at 7-3 would be a staggering achievement.

But, that might be unrealistic because there aren’t a lot of guaranteed wins outside of the Jacksonville game in Week 10. And — let’s keep it real — we all know there’s really no such thing as a guaranteed win in professional football.