Some may have seen an upset in the offing in the great Northwest. Before Sunday, somewhere a column or blog heading may have read, “Seahawks Beat Cowboys.” I doubt it. but maybe.
But did anyone see that coming? Did anyone see the Cowboys completely dismantled and destroyed by that bunch? Sure, the Seahawks are a different team at home. Sure, the 12th man thing at CenturyLink Field is impressive. But, Come on.
Cowboys 27, Seahawks 7?
So, here we go: a big win followed by a devastating loss. A near-perfect game followed by a comedy of errors. Win one. Lose one. What do you get? You get what we have gotten for the entire Jones era sans Jimmy Johnson: mediocrity.
Eight and eight, anyone?
Kill me now.
I am so beaten down I can barely muster a post-game article. Seriously.
So, I am going to keep it short and anything but sweet…
Felix Jones is a wasted roster spot
Someone tell me the last time Felix Jones impacted a game in a positive way. I know he is from Jerry’s beloved University of Arkansas. I know a high draft pick was wasted on him (and I do mean wasted), but it is past time to fish or cut bait with this guy. When he showed up to camp overweight and out of shape, that should have been his final day as a Dallas Cowboy.
The offensive line is still a mess
Tony Romo would not know how to act if he had a reasonable amount of time to complete a pass. By reasonable, I mean the ball arrives in his hands at least a full second before a defender is on his back.
Special teams are anything but special
The aforementioned Felix Jones begins the game with a fumble. The punting squad gets a punt blocked for a touchdown.
Romo misses Witten
Jason Witten is still not right after the spleen injury. Never has the most reliable receiver in the Romo era dropped wide open passes the way he did yesterday.
Garrett has plenty to prove
I have been a strong Garrett supporter. I am still hopeful he will succeed. But his team has to show improvement this year. Improvement means something more than mediocre. Something more than here a win, there a loss.
Jerry Jones can get to the point and tell the unadulterated truth if you irritate him enough
Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Jones after the game:
“In everything about playing football, they were better than we were today,” he said after Sunday’s 27-7 loss. “Every aspect of it. So we can call it whatever you want to call it, but they were better than we were today, all the way.”
That is as straight as straight talk is going to get from the world’s least coherent billionaire.
So, yeah. The beat-down in Seatown beat me down.Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/cowboys/2012/09/jerry-jones-plain-talk-seahawks-were-better-imposed-their-will-showed-how-to-use-home-field.html#storylink=cpy
This team is an absolutely farce of a football team. As said before, its typical Jerry Jones. He's making a killing off of allowing the team to be mediocre. As a Cowboy fan , it is so sad to know that we're not even mentioned as an elite team anymore. Talent they have. Heart is something this team knows NOTHING about. Yes, there are a few players with heart, but it's not a part of just "being a Cowboy" anymore. Prove you have guts and work like dogs, play like you've got something to prove, and leave everything you've got on the field for 60 minutes. Winning is only thing!!!!!!
Gene, I feel it starts with the organization wide praise of the players for playing hard versus the Giants. That has to be a given but has not been for a very long time. Coach Landry was just brutal dealing with mental errors after wins as he would go through the game films with the team. I like a lot of what Jason Garrett does but for so long this team has gotten a big head as soon as something goes well. They can start to avoid these ups and downs if they EXPECT full commitment and effort every week and focus on improving mentally and in doing so consistency will follow.
I agree. These guys think just being Cowboys makes them special. They forget how hard the ones that went before them had to work to make that star on the helmet a symbol of success.
They are fundamentally unsound and what the organization through its lack of discipline which starts in the owner - GM office has mistaken for a lack of effort has been in reality just bad technique. I did a poor job of expressing my thoughts above. Effort has to be a given, its a convenient excuse for bad football, this team must somehow return to an attention to detail. The Cowboys offensive line was choreographed excellence under Landry and Johnson when they had at least reasonable talent but they now are incapable of playing at a sustainable level of execution which allows for consistent winning football. The number of negative yardage plays per drive so far this season is once again testament to that. The same for the defense, the approach Ryan took with players who were as unsound as they were by implementing as complicated a scheme as they did last season was a recipe for disaster, particularly without a regular training camp.
If you could combine the natural athletic gifts of the 2012 Dallas Cowboys with the coaching approach of say the 1975 Cowboys who while multiple on both sides of the ball scheme wise were first and foremost consistently technique sound you would have a club focused on execution instead of continually talking about soft issues like effort. If you dont have the ability to execute your job it often looks like a lack of effort.
Just the opinion of an old Cowboys observer. I Enjoy your work.
Here's your pre-weekend upset article: http://mynorthwest.com/category/kevin_calabro/