There is an argument to be made for the entire 2023 Dallas Cowboys to be overrated. In fact, the entire Cowboys run under head coach Mike McCarthy could be considered overrated. Constantly dominant regular-season performances followed by postseason disappointments would certainly put any team in that category.
However, it's important to remember that this team had an excellent season for all intents and purposes. Finishing in the top five on both sides of the ball, there were some incredible individual performances up and down the roster. Yet, there were a few players who weren't as good as their perceptions or statistics would suggest. Here are five Cowboys whose 2023 season may have been rather overrated.
5. Tyron Smith, OT
The future Hall-of-Famer was still good every time he stepped on the field, but those occasions have been few and far between over the past four seasons. The 33-year-old tackle has missed 37 games over that span, including four in 2023. It is difficult to justify giving an injury-prone 33-year-old free agent a lucrative deal this offseason.
Plus, the Cowboys' offensive line had a down season compared to previous years. Dak Prescott was sacked 39 times, the most since 2018. When the entire unit was healthy, the offensive line looked much better, but the game-to-game inconsistency due to injuries hurt the team.
In fact, the Cowboys don't seem to miss a beat when Smith misses time. In the 49 games he missed in his career, the Cowboys are 29-20, a better record than the games he plays in. They also scored more points per game on these occasions. This could be pure coincidence or due to small sample size, but it's worth thinking about when discussing Smith's impact on the offense.