Good morning Cowboy fans:
We are six weeks into this season; I have to ask all the Cowboy faithful the same question I kept asking myself over and over yesterday? Is this Dallas Cowboy’s team already in crisis mode or is it only Memorex? As the sun comes up over Valley Ranch this morning, I don’t think the 30-24 overtime loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals will go over very well.
I believe I can safely say that is not the Cardinal’s team of old. I watched a Cardinal’s team that did not fear the mighty Cowboys and may have set precedence around the league that no team needs to again.
Was that the case at University of Phoenix Stadium?
I just kept asking myself that same thing. When my cell phone began ringing right after the game, all I could tell people was “I don’t know, they’re not the same Cardinals everybody is used to beating up on”.
The bigger question might be reversed: Who exactly are these Cowboys? All seemed fine in early September, with wins coming against Cleveland, Philadelphia and Green Bay. All of a sudden comes a slip-up at home against Washington, and followed up by a totally uninspired win against the Bengals.
Earlier this week the talk around the NFL began with story lines like, “Coach Wade Phillips isn’t tough enough”, “T.O. wants more touches and the star of the NFL’s Bad Boys “Pacman” Jones is showing off his old TNT wrestling skills in one of Dallas’s finer hotels, drawing headlines across the nation”.
Naturally, when Dallas started slow in the desert, I concluded that the Cowboys were distracted, haunted by a week of controversy. After the game, it turned into a main storyline from the west coast to the east coast and all parts in between. Are the Cowboys now in crisis mode or this picture only Memorex?
I personally think that this is a big misconception that stuff like that can affect a pro team. Jerry Jones’s Cowboys dealt with all that type of hype in 1990s’ and still walked away with three Super Bowl titles.
The thing that I am finding so hard to understand is that the Cowboys own one of the league’s best offenses and ran on seven cylinders most of the time yesterday. Now I know Tony threw for 321 yds and three touchdowns, but he also fumbled three times while losing one. T.O. only caught four passes. Jason Witten got more attention for false-start penalties until he caught the 30-yard pass just before Nick Folk kicked the 52-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
What exactly happened to that high-octane offense?
You got me on that one!
Was it the special teams that gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown so quick that a lot of fans were still standing in the pre-game concession line? The same specials team, incidentally that allowed the game-sealing blocked punt? Was it a much uninspired Tony Romo and Terrell Owens that looked like they both wanted to be somewhere else? How about the offensive line that spent more time picking Romo up off the ground than they did picking up on-coming Cardinal rushers?
Through it all, I will try to add some perspective to yesterday’s game. I will give the Cardinals credit for a nice win, and I can only hope this game was a real eye opener. I can hope this team can come to the reality that this is the NFL, and the NFL stands for just that, The National Football League; I would like to say to the team though; The NFL can also stand for “Not For Long” if they keep playing like they played on Sunday”.
I honestly did not think the Cowboys would be sitting 6-0, but I knew that was the possibility. I did not ever dream that this team would become so lethargic and complacent as they have shown since winning there first 3 games. Right now Cowboy fans at this moment; I don’t know what this team needs to do. So I ask all the Cowboy faithful out there? “Is this team in crisis mode, or is it really just Memorex”? Only next week will answer that for all of us.