COWBOYS ARE A MESS...
By mark rogers
October 30, 2008
I guess I should've seen it coming.
All the pieces were in place for the Cowboys to have a huge meltdown. Much like the one they're having now.
Injuries, suspensions, trades, lack of productivity from typically productive players, whining, changes of strategy and a back-up QB controversy have all played a huge role in the 5-3 record the Cowboys have managed through the first part of the season.
All that being said, there is one enormously good thing about all this: it's happening now.
This is the kind of thing that will effect a team positively or negatively based on when it happens. If it happens mid-season, a team will either galvanize or fall apart even more, but the possibilty of gaining strength is definitely on the table.
If this sort of things - or these sorts of things - happen in Week 12 or 13...game over, season over, starting over.
I have a glimmer of hope that the Boys will be able to bounce back after the bye week - even if they lose to the Giants.
Let's say they lost to NY. At 5-4 heading into the bye week, they could finish 5-2 and be right in the thick of the playoff hunt.
And I wouldn't bet they'd do any better than 5-2 (even if they have it all together) with games against Washington, Pittsburgh, the Giants, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
That's a TOUGH schedule, but after the bye four of the remaining seven games are at home.
If Dallas doesn't have it together - and by "together" I mean Romo is healthy, TO is healthy and happy, Roy E. Williams is productive, Terrence Newman, Felix Jones, Mat McBriar and Jason Witten are healthy and we're playing as a team - then the Boys would be lucky to make it through the last part of the season 2-5 ending with a dismal 7-9 record...that could happen.
I shudder at the thought...
My hope is that Dallas escapes with one on Sunday, comes together and finishes 5-2 which would give us an 11-5 record...very respectable.
All the hypotheticals out there...right now? The Cowboys are nothing but a huge mess...and we should have seen it coming.
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