Don’t tell Troy Aikman that the Dallas Cowboys keep falling short of the postseason because they don’t have the talent or franchise quarterback.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said Tuesday that having the talent and a quarterback capable of winning a Super Bowl are the reasons that expectations are so high in Dallas.

Aikman said if the Cowboys were without a franchise quarterback and going 5-11 every season like they did in the early-2000s then critics wouldn’t be complaining as much.

“There’s been a little bit of a teasing going on because this team has been talented, they were 13-3 the one year,” Aikman told 105.3 The Fan’s RAGE show. “In my opinion, they’ve been good enough talent-wise to have done a little bit more than they’ve been able to do. I think that part of it is the frustration for a lot of the fans.

“I think the fans get excited each year because they know that this team is capable of doing something. They know that [Tony] Romo is, I believe most fans recognize, ‘Hey, this guy’s really gifted.’ And they’ve just come up short for a variety of reasons.”

So, what’s wrong? Aikman, an NFL analyst with FOX, doesn’t simply blame coaching, the general manager or ownership. He says the team is a few good players away from competing with the league’s best.

Starting quarterback is the most important position and Aikman says the Cowboys have that covered with Romo.

“I’m a big fan of his and I’ve said it all along,” Aikman said. “He’s a special player. Unfortunately, not enough people recognize that.”