“Leaders Are Not Made, They Are Born.” – Vince Lombardi
The Cowboys are now teetering on the brink of elimination after the disaster that ensued last night in Texas Stadium. What was supposed to be a grand sendoff for a stadium that has witnessed the greatest moments in franchise history, ended up being a dismal performance that was unworthy of the ground it was played on.
The Baltimore Ravens upset the Dallas Cowboys 33-24, in front of a packed Texas Stadium crowd that could be heard booing in the final minutes even as the stadium’s closing ceremonies were about to begin. A little more than half the crowd remained to watch the gala afterward.
What is a a shell-shocked Cowboys team to do, when they get no electricity and no fire from their sheepish head coach, Wade Phillips, and their “I just wanna be a rock star” quarterback, who seems more intent on smiling for his camera shots, than firing up a team that is desperate for leadership?
Can the Cowboys ever win when their survival is in the hands of two soft-spoken, and inanimate leaders who have never shown any emotion worthy of igniting the spirit that is buried somewhere within the belly of this team?
Last night’s loss to the Ravens, wasn’t just a typical loss. It exemplified the one character trait this team has sorely lacked since the season first started. While the team has been long on talent, they have been equally short on leadership.
If Super Bowls were won on paper, the Dallas Cowboys would have seven Vince Lombardi Trophies, not five.
Tony Romo was woefully inaccurate against a well oiled Baltimore defense that gave their Cowboys counterpart a lesson on how not to let a victory get away from you in the final minutes of the game.
The Cowboys defense allowed two of the five longest runs in franchise history during the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
It wasn’t totally the Cowboys’ defense that was at fault… they had to spend way too much time on the field because Tony Romo and the offense had so many “three and outs” that the defense never got a chance to catch their breaths before running out to the field again. They were simply out of gas.
If there was one positive we could take away from this loss, it was the emergence of Tashard Choice as a legitimate weapon.
This excruciating loss has now left Dallas with a 9-6 record, and only a dwindling hope of making the playoffs and ending a 12-year drought. They no longer control their own destiny, and if by the slimmest of hopes they do make it, they would have done so by backing in.
Truth be told, the only true star of the game last night was the heroic Texas Stadium itself. She has served us well, and never once has she ever let us down the way this 2008 Tony Romo and Wade Phillips led Cowboys team has.