Troy Aikman Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL Half of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

It’s clear that the Dallas Cowboys haven’t necessarily lived up to the historic expectations of the franchise, failing to compete for the Super Bowl or even make deep playoff runs. And Cowboys legend Troy Aikman has a pretty brutal assessment of the team.

Troy Aikman, who is a legendary quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, has a simple explanation for why the team hasn’t been successful: they don’t play their best when it matters most.

“They are really good, and they’ve got really good players,” Aikman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The organization has done a fantastic job. I think the coaches have done a great job. The players. All of it. They have won a lot of games. The problem for them, and they don’t need me to tell them this, they just have not played their best football when the games have mattered the most.”

But while Aikman can see the obvious problem with the team, he also admits that he doesn’t have a clear solution.

“You say, ‘How do you change that?’ No one has the answer to that,” Aikman said. “I don’t have the answer to that. For our teams [in the ‘90s], the reason we succeeded and did what we were able to do, the reason teams all win Super Bowls, is they play their best football in the biggest games. That’s the challenge for each and every one of those players.”

We’ll have to see if the Cowboys can turn it around this season and perform at their best when it matters the most.

[For Worth Star-Telegram]