Archive : January 2012
January 5, 2012
Our QB completed 66% of his throws, threw for 4,100 yards, 31 TDs, only 10 INTs. Great numbers.
We had a rookie running back get injured with lots of games left who had nearly 900 rushing yards.
We have a tight end who amassed 942 receiving yards on 79 catches and 5 TDs.
We have two of the best young receivers in the game in Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Laurent Robinson exploded onto the scene, too.
We have one of the brightest young defensive stars in the game in Sean Lee (105 tackles, 4 picks).
We have DeMarcus Ware. We have Jay Ratliff.
We have an up and coming coach in Jason Garrett...one of the "best" defensive minds in the game in Rob Ryan. An owner who spares no expense.
So what's the deal? How does that team go 8-8 and not make the playoffs?
I have no idea.
Could we credit it to the parity of the NFL? The free agency conundrum? Everything is so much more equal now. Games are closer. The difference between the bottom and top is much smaller.
Can we blame it on chemistry? Because you'd think a team with chemistry would be able to hold on to a double digit lead....no, wait...TWO double digit leads...no excuse me....THREE DOUBLE DIGIT FOURTH QUARTER LEADS!!!!!!!!!
Can we blame it on Garrett's inexperience? Anyone else ever seen a coach ice his own kicker?
Can we blame it on Rob Ryan's belly and hair and loud, un-backing-up-what-he says mouth?
Can we blame it on Terrence Newman? Silly I know...but you almost could blame the whole sorry season on Terrence "25 yard Cushion" Newman.
Can we blame it on Jerry Jones? I don't think so. Although he is the most consistent piece of the current 16 year run of obscurity...he was also a constant in a run of 4 pretty good years, too.
So what do they do now? Blow it up? Start all over? Give it a couple of more years with this core?
I like the latter considering how hard it is to rebuild in the NFL (see aforementioned sentence on parity).
So let's see...what do we need this offseason?
To put it more simple...what DON'T we need?
That's the only thing we really don't need. And I know I slammed Romo for not completing that throw to Austin, but what' the alternative? Thad Lewis? No. Romo's the guy for now.
And that's it.
We need offensive lineman in a bad way. We need running backs to add depth to a stable full of career Injured Reserves.
We need defensive linemen. We need linebackers. We need corners (probably our biggest need by far).
We need safeties. We need another tight end (Bennett is outta here).
Oh yeah, I guess we're good on punter and kicker too, big whoop.
So does that just about cover it? Should make the off-season strategic meeting pretty easy.
Garrett: OK guys, here's the plan....uh....we need everything. Good luck.
I haven't read any of the Dallas Morning News articles or even looked at ESPN when they're talking about the Cowboys. I guess I will eventually. I'm still bitter.
It's almost a more bitter feeling than the end of the Rangers' season, because at least we can be proud of the Rangers...at least they won SOMETHING!
The Cowboys don't even do that. They just get your hopes all up like they've done just about every year since 1995, then go out and instead of singing the most stirring rendition of Das Lied von der Erde that Placido Domingo has ever heard...we walk out on to the stage, tap the mic a few times...look out in the audience....and burp up some of the liver and onions we had for breakfast. We can't even get BREAKFAST right.
Maybe next year guys...maybe next year we can get it all together and not end up as a bunch of huge embarrassing failures.
I know I'll still be tragically in love with the franchise, like I have been since I was 10. So I'm in it for the long haul...but can't we at least make the playoffs????
Now I'm ranting, I should have stopped after the Placido Domingo reference...
- mark rogers
- January 5, 2012 3:04 PM
- mark rogers
- January 5, 2012 3:02 PM
And that's going to hurt. I was one game away from the state championship game my senior year and it took years to get over that...in fact, when my friends and I get together, now 14 years later, we discover that we're STILL not over just how close we were.
And we were a GAME AWAY...not even IN THE GAME, which will hurt so much worse.
Despite the pain and the thoughts of what might have been, the Bulldogs have nothing to be sad or ashamed about.
I don't know the exact percentage, but it is a miniscule figure, the number of high school kids who were as good as Stamford was this year.
They went out there when nobody else thought they would, and played the very best the state had to offer down to the final 12 minutes of the entire season. An accomplishment none of those kids will soon forget.
An accomplishment those kid will share together for the rest of their lives.
Something they can be proud of.
Something they can dream about.
Something they can brag to their grandkids about...and it's not some made up grandpa brag (like the ones I'll be sharing)...this one will be for real.
I'm a little more in tune with the Stamford team this year thanks to a close personal friend and ex-Bulldog who has kept me in the loop.
He has shared some pictures with me which I've included above. He was at the game, cheering like he'd never cheered before...hoping like he'd never hoped...and at the end of the game, prouder than he'd ever been.
Thanks for a great run Bulldogs. The 2011 edition will never be forgotten.
- mark rogers
- January 5, 2012 2:27 PM