OK YDCFF Faithful, raise your hands if you felt like Robin Ventura as soon as the Dallas Cowboys announced they had just consummated a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to exchange 1st Round picks in this years’ NFL Draft. Come on, be honest, Jerry and Stephen Jones were Nolan Ryan dropping the hammer on the Cowboys Nation. Once again, bludgeoned and beat up by the Brass. Take that, you ticket-purchasing, jersey-buying, kool-aid drinking, devout lovers of the Famed Blue Star. I’ve always used this famed picture as a Life Reminder. Things just go this way more often than we care to face, endure and repeat. No writer worth his or her weight in salt and/or gold brings personal circumstances or baggage into play when their sole purpose is to bring information, opinion and hopeful joy to the reader. There’s simply no place for it, but truth be told, reader and writer alike, are human. Stuff happens. Every day. To all. It’s what we do with those punches that makes us all who we are. As the late, great Michael Jackson espoused in song, you simply have to take a long, hard look at that tell-tale, tell-all reflection:
The guy to the left is not afraid to step in front of the reflective glass. He expects nothing from others that he doesn’t, first and foremost, expect from himself. Jason Garrett is not selfish or self-absorbed. He is highly-criticized, oft-justified, but the man does not quit. Quitting is not a part of Garrett’s modus operandi, and because of that, Cowboys’ fans should find solace. He can’t play call, he can’t game manage, he can’t de-robotize himself, and he can’t win. Does that about cover it? Think he’s aware of those Nolan Ryan haymakers? Call Jason Garrett what you want, but the man is human. He’s a man, he’s a husband, he’s a father, he’s a devout competitor, and he’s smart. Very smart. He lives, breathes and bleeds just like the rest of us. He’s also prepared, poised and operates with a purpose. The Valley Ranch Brass believes in him, and that fact belongs in the safety deposit box. While most of the critical Cowboys Nation sees Jason Garrett as being stripped naked of every Head Coaching responsibility, he is quietly putting his “blue print” all over this team. The fans simply need to stop “window shopping” and do a deep dive into foundation and construction. A house built on sand is a house destined to crumble. Jason Garrett is of concrete ilk and composition. It’s in his blood. His lineage and family bloodline exude confidence and courage. He will survive the scrutiny in Dallas, win or lose, but winning is the cure all, and no one wants it more than Jason Garrett.
I absolutely love the fact that Tony Romo’s more-than-stout, and questionably-justified, contract has virtually rendered Coach Garrett useless and a Geppetto puppet. Goodness gracious folks, please get some perspective. Romo’s so-called “involvement” is a good thing; not a polarizing wedge in the progress puzzle. A house divided is also a house destined to fall. ‘Garrett Grunts’ are slowly starting to appear all over this team. Football players. Football lifers. Smart guys. Dedicated guys. Worker bees. Coachable sponges. Lunch pail carriers and hard-hat guys. The “Right Kind of Guy”. There are subtle signs all over Valley Ranch: “No Room for the Prima Donnas.” Check the Ego, punch the clock, earn your keep. Competition will dictate who plays and who pines.
On deck will be full-fledged dives into both sides of the ball. What are “must needs” for the 2013 Dallas Cowboys to get back to consistent, winning ways? A complete look will reveal focal points and magnifying glass assessments heading into Mini-Camps and the July Oxnard Assembly! Stay tuned for more breakdowns and breakouts.
Build It, and They Will Come……………………………