Wow! I don’t know how many more games like the Cowboys vs Redskins match-up I can take. By the 3rd quarter I felt the lump forming in my stomach. Be honest, when Clutts fumbled the ball (no pun intended) you thought, here comes the melt down! Once Dez Bryant slipped on the grass and Romo got picked, many thought the season was over. Tony Romo on the other hand, said Hell No!
Despite enduring excruciating back pain and a banged up leg, Tony Romo stepped up to the plate and led his 20th fourth quarter comeback. Now what?
Right about the time Cowboys Nation started seeing a glimmer of hope for the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles came out and trounced the team the cowboys had just lost to. I have to be honest, when I watched how easily the Eagles dominated that bears team, I figured the Cowboys were going to be in trouble.
What could possibly be worse than not having Sean Lee for the Cowboys biggest game of the season? It comes out that Tony Romo has a ruptured disc in his back. Now What?
On a positive note, if there is one player in the NFL who will do everything in his power to be in that game against the Eagles: it’s Tony Romo. This is a guy who not only tried to re-enter a game with a broken collarbone, he played with broken ribs and a punctured lung one year, only to end up having to play with broken ribs again the next. There is not a single question about Tony Romo’s toughness, but if he can’t play, it’s back to: Now What?
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, Jerry Jones comes out on 105.3 The Fan in full support of Jason Garrett by saying,
“At this time in his career, he’s learning in leaps and bounds and learning every day, and I want our team to take advantage of that,”
Ummmm, since when is being the head coach of a professional football team a learn on the job position? Especially when the fans are paying top dollar to watch them drown in a cauldron of mediocrity.
“In terms of looking at the future, his future is bright with the Cowboys.”
What about the future of the fans? Now What?
For starters, the Dallas media will tell you that Jason Garrett is 24-23 as the head coach of the Cowboys which gives the illusion that he has a winning record. What they wont tell you: is that he is 19-2 against teams with a losing record, and 5-21 against teams with a .500 or better record. If you watched all the games, you saw how many of them came down to poor coaching decisions.
The fact is, without Tony Romo making up for his poor game management and the lack of defense by putting up the 3rd most points in the NFL, this team would rarely win. Tony Romo has paid for this teams short comings with his health. Now What?
They will hype this offensive line until the cows come home. The truth is, the run blocking has improved. The pass blocking on the other hand, has not. Tony Romo is on course for a record high sack season. In fact, as mobile as he is, he has taken 35 sacks compared to 17 by Peyton Manning, who is a statue in the pocket and on the back side of 36 years old.
What makes even less sense to me, is the fact that they finally established a running game and refused to use it, which put Tony Romo at even more risk. I said numerous times in previous articles,
“Jason Garrett doesn’t run a QB friendly offense, so it’s only a matter of time before Tony Romo sustains a serious injury.”
This leads me to the next bone headed decision by Jason Garrett. Why would you keep a 3rd or 4th string TE and let a quarterback like Alex Tanney, with the potential to be a solid starter, get poached right off of the team without even acquiring a draft pick for him? I would have signed him to the roster and let a less valuable asset walk before I let the Browns just take him for free. Now What?
I have said 1,000 times that this team never has a plan B. It is a hell of a lot easier to find a 3rd or 4th TE on the street than it is a QB you can trust to handle the ball on every damn offensive snap. I said at the time they let the Browns poach Tanney: what happens if Tony Romo gets hurt? Remember the year when Romo and Kitna both got hurt? Alex Tanney has a lot more upside than McGee did and we were lucky to have him. Now What?
Jason Garrett says we just have to sign someone off of the street. SMH. This is a QB starved league and several teams are down to 3rd string QB’s. There is one regular season game left that decides whetherÃ‚Â the Cowboys go to the playoffs or not. What if Kyle Orton gets hurt in the 1s quarter? Gosh, our boy genius from Princeton never took in to account the weak offensive line and the risk of injury to Tony Romo and/or Kyle Orton. I guess he figures who ever he may be able to find on the street can learn the offense in a couple of days and take over the reins on Sunday. Or maybe, just maybe, he thought he could get Troy Aikman to come down from the booth and suit up. Now What?
Don’t even get me started on the lack of discipline and accountability: or the lack of proper conditioning that has led to a record high in muscle related injuries like hamstrings etc. . The bar in Dallas has been lowered from 20 consecutive winning seasons and 18 trips to the playoffs: to well, as long as we sneak in to the playoffs, it was a success this year!
Luckily for Jason Garrett, the Cowboys are in the weakest division in football. There was a time when anything less than a playoff win was unacceptable. I guess after 18 years of .500 and only 1 playoff win, a learn on the job coach is the answer. Jerry Jones fired the winningest coach in NFL history, and now says Jason Garrett has a bright future in Dallas. SMH
There are teams with a 10-5 record fighting for a wild card spot. When was the last time the Cowboys had 10 wins? Before Jason Garrett was the head coach of course. When was the last time the Cowboys went to the playoffs? Before JG was the head coach of course.
Ok sports fans it’s Christmas Eve, and due to the excessive amount of content I have slated to go in to this article, I have decided to break it down in to 2 parts. I will finish it up after Christmas. In the mean time, I will leave you with: Now what?
Here at YDCFF your opinion matters to us. From time to time we insert these polls to get the fans perspective on things. Your participation is appreciated. In part 2 of this article, I will give a whole list of fact based reasons why I have to answer NO. Merry Christmas Cowboys Nation! BIG Hugs!