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October 23, 2010

COWBOYS CAUSING MIXED FEELINGS

There are two ways the remaining 11 games could go...

1) Dallas could go 7-4 or better and be in the mix for the wildcard.

2) Dallas could end up sub .500.

Honestly, I don't know which I'd prefer.

Option 1 (or better, like 8-3 or 9-2) could get the Boys some momentum and once in the playoffs, anything could happen in this league full of parity. A home game for the Super Bowl seems about as likely as David Robertson pitching a 1-2-3 inning, but it sure would be exciting to have two Dallas teams playing for a championship.

Option 2 just makes my assessment after Week 1 that much more accurate (and I always like things that make me look smart which are few and far between) and would lead Jerrah to wipe the slate clean.

The one thing that just absolutely irks me about what's happening right now is the amount of pure talent that is being wasted on this team.

This isn't baseball. These players won't be around in 10 years, in great shape, like Michael Young. In 10 years, even the rookies on this roster will probably be retired and limping around with arthritis and headaches.

DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Bradie James, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Tony Romo, Felix Jones...these guys have a narrow window and it's closing fast. And I hate to say it, but Wade just isn't the guy that's going to maximize their potential.

And this is what makes what the Texas Rangers has done so spectacular. The New York Yankees are supposed to win it all. The Dallas Cowboys are supposed to win it all. The Texas Rangers were a national laughing stock up until about three weeks ago when the baseball world finally perked up and took notice.

Jon Daniels took nothing and made a champion. And despite his good intentions, Jerry Jones is taking champions and making them nothing. Wow.

  • mark rogers
  • October 23, 2010 8:15 PM

TEXAS IS A REAL HEAD-SCRATCHER

A week after handing a top-5 Nebraska team a home-loss, Texas comes back to Austin and plays a completely uninspired game against an athletic Iowa State team and loses.

A quick look at the top of the box score reveals that Texas dominated the game in certain areas. They had nine more first downs, 107 more net yards, 18 more plays...but keep scrolling down and the reason for the loss becomes apparent:

UT was outrushed 199 to 98. They turned the ball over four times. Done. That's all you need in a box score to lose.

It's the first time sincd 1997 that Texas has lost two in a row at home. Charles Woodson won the Heisman that year and the Cowboys were just two years removed from their 5th Super Bowl win (just to give some perspective as to how long ago that was).

If OU loses to Missouri, the Big 12 will officially be the Big 10. Thank goodness for Auburn.

  • mark rogers
  • October 23, 2010 8:06 PM

October 13, 2010

COWBOYS ARE VALIDATING MY ANALYSIS

Exactly one month ago today, I posted an article analyzing the 2010 Dallas Cowboys. Click the link below to refresh your memory if you're so inclined.

Early season Cowboys prediction

In that post I wrote, "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."

That point has been further reinforced after a 1-3 start which could very well be 1-4 on Sunday and the virtual end to the season as we know it.

It's a funny thing what money and talent will do to a fan base. Jerry Jones has spent buckets of money. He's brought in the best of the best...on the field. What all that does is mask the ineptness. An extremely talented team can rack up 133 penalty yards, allow 79 sacks in a game, and have a Pro Bowl guard turn into a 5-year-old girl, and only lose by a touchdown.

So to the majority of the fan base...we're really close.

But to the those who know better, the Cowboys would be 0-4 with an average margin of defeat in the double digits without all the smoke and mirrors.

Where Jerry has faltered is in the administrative offices, namely the coaching offices.

Now I'm not one to call for a coach's head at the first sign of trouble (believe it or not, I get irritated when people say that Greg Davis should be fired). Here's why...

Coaches spend their lives thinking about football, strategizing, diagramming, etc. I GUARANTEE you that the dumbest coach on ANY coaching staff knows a thousand times more about football than you or me.

But that's beside the point...

The Dallas Cowboys do not have a player personnel problem.

They have a culture problem.

Don't think so? Then why would two of our smartest most intelligent players team up to earn a crucial 15-yard penalty late in the game? Oh, it wasn't the letter of the law! The refs really jerked us around! Maybe...

Or maybe we're nothing more than a mistake-prone team that can put up more than 500 yards...500 YARDS!!!!!!....of offense in a game and lose.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with our offense. Tony Romo is a fantastic QB. Roy Williams is playing the best he's ever played. Miles Austin is an emerging super star. Felix Jones can go the distance every time he touches the ball. Our defense is great. Demarcus Ware is a future Hall of Famer. Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer can't be blocked. Bradie James is one of the most productive linebackers in franchise history.

But, like I said one month ago, Jerry (or someone else that either buys Jerry out or he sells the team to) needs to wipe the slate clean and start completely over.

This team is not a championship team. And if you're not fielding a championship team, you're not doing your job.

I love the Cowboys. Always have. Always will.

And at least they're doing SOMETHING for me right now...they're making me look like a genius. It's not the players fault. They're doing everything that's expected of them. The only problem is that the expectations are being served up in a nice, lukewarm bowl of softie pie...from the ultimate softie himself, Wade Phillips.

Bring me Bill Cowher. He is the answer.
  • mark rogers
  • October 13, 2010 8:41 PM

October 7, 2010

TEXAS ATHLETES DOMINATING MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The debate over which state produces the best football players has been waging for many years. It's been invigorated even more in the past few weeks due to a few high school football games pitting teams from Texas against those from Florida. Michael Irvin's comments about Florida being the dominant producer of high school football stars didn't help much either.

 

But as I see it (and I'm from Texas and just a TAD biased), it's never been more clear than today as to which state plays the best football...let me explain.

 

Greg McElroy, quarterback, Alabama - from Southlake, TX.

Ryan Mallett, quarterback, Arkansas - from Texarkana, TX.

Nick Foles, quarterback, Arizona - from Austin, TX.

LeMichael James, running back, Oregon - from Texarkana, TX.

Darron Thomas, quarterback, Oregon - Houston, TX.

Jacquizz Rodgers, running back, Oregon State - Richmond, TX.

James Rodgers, wide receiver, Oregon State - Richmond, TX.

Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford - Houston, TX.

Stepfan Taylor, running back, Stanford - Mansfield, TX.

Rex Burkhead, running back, Nebraska - Plano, TX.

Emmanuel Moody, running back, Florida - Coppell, TX.

 

I could go on, but I'll stop there. And that's not even mentioning the college standouts in Texas (Taylor Potts, Case Keenum, Robert Griffin, Jerrod Johnson, etc...).

 

And that's just this year.

 

The players mentioned above aren't just some decent players that you may or may not have heard of, I didn't list those guys...these are guys that are dominating the games you can watch on ESPN and network television in prime time. Big time football players.

 

The state has a lot of intra-state competition, but it is kind of cool to be able to root for the "Texas" boys who left the state because there just weren't enough big-time colleges to go around.

 

It's also pretty funny that our "left overs" are dominating the Pac10 and making a pretty good showing in the SEC, too.

 

So if anyone from outside of Texas tries to make a case about their state producing better football talent...just say "scoreboard" and show them this list. Or you can ask them how many players from their state are dominating conferences and states thousands of miles away from their homes.

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 7, 2010 1:24 PM