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Troy Aikman on Cowboys collapse: ‘The talk is over and it has been over for a while.’

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman hugs owner Jerry Jones as he is inducted into the team’s ring of fame during halftime ceremonies as Cowboys play against Washington in a Monday Night Football game September 19, 2005 in Irving, Texas. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman sometimes gets criticized for how he talks about the Dallas Cowboys when announcing their games. In recent weeks, he’s shown that he is more than willing to call it like it is with his former team.

The Cowboys have been gift-wrapped the NFC East and they are collapsing in their attempts to clinch it. On Thursday, they lost to the Chicago Bears 31-24 in a game that was not as close as the final score might indicate. It marked the team’s third straight loss and fourth in fives games. It also followed a game in which we heard about Jerry Jones getting emotional over the Thanksgiving loss, and the owner talking about how the team has what it takes to turn things around.

Aikman does not see that happening, and he made his thoughts crystal clear as he savaged a team that embarrassed itself to a certain extent in Week 14. They have a very realistic chance of winning the NFC East given how bad the division is, but it’s hard to get too excited about them for the moment.

Take it away, Troy: