COWBOYS CULTURE CHANGE
By mark rogers
January 23, 2009
The Dallas Cowboys are in the midst of the kind of storm never experienced in the 49 year history of the franchise.
We've never gone this long without at least advancing to the NFC Championship or NFL Title game. We've never gone this long without winning a playoff game. We've never been this good yet so bad.
13 teams have played in the NFC Championship since Dallas was last there in 1995. That was the year Eddie George won the Heisman. That was a long time ago.
Questions are swirling around the coaching staff. The defensive coordinator and special teams coach were fired already this offseason.
The offensive coordinator is interviewing for every job available - including a shelf stocker at Wal-Mart (hey it worked for Kurt Warner).
Now that the season is over, stories are emerging about the absolute and complete lack of discipline and accountability in the locker room.
On more than one occasion the team bus was late for a game because players were late.
The bus was more than an hour late to the final game in Philly.
The Cowboys do not have their minds right, and it's going to take a complete culture shock to turn things around.
I think Wade Phillips needs to go. Bring in Mike Shanahan. It's perfect. Shanahan replaced Phillips in Denver many years ago and took the Broncos to two Super Bowls.
Why can't the same thing happen in Dallas?
With the amount of talent Jerry Jones has assembled, it would be a catastrophic waste to not at least win one Super Bowl in the next two or three years.
But the window is closing, and it's closing fast.
Look at the Mavericks. They were six minutes away from taking a 3-0 series lead in the NBA Championship, lost the game, the series and have been a laughing stock in the post-season ever since.
Not to compare the NFL with the NBA, but that just shows how important it is to "strike while the iron's hot."
Don't worry about hurting anyone's feelings and ruining anyone's career.
The fans pay the bills, and we don't care who gets in the way...we deserve to win. Period.
People have questioned Tony Romo...he's not the problem. He's as gifted physically as any QB in the league. He just needs to get his mind right.
Terrell Owens is another story. He didn't do much to cause controversy this year, but he's held true to form that no team with him on it will ever make it to the Super Bowl.
He needs to go.
And we're also toying with the idea of bringing in Ray Lewis from Baltimore. Sure, he's a great player, but that would just be the same kind of profile player we'd bring in that we wouldn't need.
Enough of the drama queens and divas. We need some leaders. We need some accountability. We need some important wins.
We need a new coach. We need a new culture. We need the 2009 season to hurry up and get here before anyone else shoots himself in the leg.
And if I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times: the Cowboys sure are terrible and in a huge mess, but they sure are interesting.
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