HAS A DAUGHTER TURNED ME IN TO A BIG SOFTIE?
By mark rogers
September 13, 2010
Cowboys have cut me Deep
But when the clock hit zero last night, I wasn't angry or even surprised.
Could this new found mellowness be credited to my 14-month old daughter? Has a little girl toddling around the house caused me to have a little perspective on life and realize that a Cowboys loss does not have to cause a sleepless night or heart palpitations?
Or is it the fact that what transpired last night is COMPLETELY expected under the current Cowboys regime?
In this era of parity and balance, it would be tough to say who has the most talented roster in the NFL...but Dallas would be in the conversation. There were flashed of brilliance from Miles Austin, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and Mike Jenkins. Dallas has a good football team.
Yet we give up a defensive TD with no time left on the 1st half clock and commit a holding penalty that negates a thrilling and dramatic game-winning TD...a game the Cowboys had absolutely no business winning.
Maybe being a dad has had a small role to play. When Tashard Choice fumbled and helplessly watched DeAngelo Hall give Washington a 10-zip lead, my first gut feeling was one of pity for Choice.
Was it the most astute football play?
But the kid was just doing what he's been trained to do: fight for yardage no matter what. Should he have just fallen down? Yes.
Should Romo have slid and escaped into the break with a 3-nothing lead? Yes.
Should Wade Phillips have called off the "Hail Mary" after a penalty (one of 12 on the night for Dallas) and just kneeled the ball ON THE ROAD? Yes.
But had any of those things happened, it would not have been characteristic of a Wade Phillips-led football team.
The kinds of mistakes Dallas made last night weren't the kind that can be fixed overnight. The mistakes that cost the Cowboys the game weren't missed blocking assignments, miscommunications, or dropped passes.
The mistakes that cost Dallas the game are culture problems. And you don't fix those in the film room...you fix those in the Human Resources department.
Dallas is 0-1 with a game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. At this point, it doesn't really matter if Dallas goes 0-16 or 14-2, they're not a championship team because of the destructive culture and mentality that has infected the Cowboys' locker room over the last few years (since Parcells left to be exact).
I don't know...go get Bill Cowher or something. It may not make me quite so angry anymore, but if something doesn't change soon, Jerry could find himself without a fan base.
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