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Cowboys determined to end playoff drought

One year ago Jason Witten proclaimed it could no longer be the same old story for the Cowboys.  What followed was a second consecutive 8 and 8 season.

"I'm sick of it," said Witten.  "But I think everyone feels that way. No one is going to give it to you and you have to earn it. That's what this camp is all about."

The Cowboys are one of just 5 NFC teams to not reach the playoffs in the last three seasons.

In that time, the Cowboys have watched the rival Eagles, Giants and Redskins win the division.

"One of the things we've done is look at every aspect of the past three years," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.  "Learn from them, look at how other teams have got there and the circumstances."

Jason Garrett is still looking for his first playoff appearance as a head coach. 

"We are who we are," said Garrett.  "That's an old expression in this league. I probably heard it in the third or fourth grade. It's just the reality of the situation. What we focus on is what we can do to get ourselves better."

Cowboys players are looking ahead. 

"It was a bad year for us," said running back DeMarco Murray.  "It wasn't the year we expected or the year we hoped for. Last year is last year and we're moving on to 2013 and we're excited about this upcoming season."

Making the playoffs would be a step in the right direction. Defensive end Demarcus Ware says making the playoffs just isn't good enough.

"I think the last two seasons being 8-8, we are here to work and be better than that," said Ware.  "Not just saying we're trying to go out and make the playoffs. Who wants to just make the playoffs? We're trying to get where we need to be and taste that apple."

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