The Cowboys have not won a season finale on the road since Sony first introduced Playstation back in 1995.
The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game since Cuba Gooding Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire back in1996.
The Cowboys last won a season finale back when the world was worrying about the Y2K bug and bracing for the millennium, in 1999.
Do you see a pattern?
Incidentally, the Cowboys have had over a half dozen quarterbacks in that span, and a few head coaches, but only one owner.
This season, the Cowboys lost to three playoffs teams when they were defeated by the Steelers, Ravens and Eagles.
The Eagles played like a team that desperately wanted to win on Sunday when they trounced the Cowboys 44-6. They came to play.
The Cowboys on the other hand, looked tired, lazy, unmotivated and unprepared for the task at hand. The game was basically over at halftime. The only reason we continued to watch was to see if the Cowboys had any fight in them… they didn’t.
Tony Romo looked clueless once again in a big spot and failed to deliver… AGAIN!
He is running out of excuses.
Marion Barber may not be as tough as we all thought he was. In 2006 and 2007, Barber fumbled just once in a two year span, and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He only averaged 3.4 yards this season and fumbled the ball an abysmal seven times. Bill Parcells always said Barber was not an everyday type running back… he was right.
The offensive line has shown itself to be woefully inadequate. Even before Kyle Kosier went down with an injury, the O-line had major problems against the blitz.
Pacman Jones turned out to be the missing ingredient in this entire epic collapse. Jerry Jones was warned against signing Pacman, but he ignored the obvious and in doing so he completely upset the chemistry in the lockerroom… A chemistry that was already showing some cracks.
Roy Williams not only cost the Cowboys big dollars and valuable draft picks, he contributed very little if anything to the team since joining the Cowboys after the trade deadline.
You can’t blame Romo or Phillips for Pacman and Williams…
Ahh yes… That brings us to Wade Phillips… The mouse that wouldn’t roar…
Every playoff caliber team has at least one vocal and inspirational leader on their team. Someone who can rally the team when the chips are down, and someone who can snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Who are those leaders on this team? Can you see them, because I sure as hell can’t…
We have the soft spoken, good humored quarterback with the matinée idol looks and the hot celebrity girlfriend in Tony Romo, who has choked for three straight season ending games.
We have a head coach who always has a confused look on his face, and during Sunday’s collapse he was over-ruled by his quarterback on a 4th down play, which left the team dazed and confused in a must win game.
How can this team go forward without any real visible leadership?
You have T.O. running his mouth now and then, but that’s not leadership.
We have a few defensive gems in Ware, James and Ratliff, but how can they possibly lead on offense?
There are so many questions, and chief among them are these two…
1. Has Jerry Jones been the biggest obstacle with his philosophy of trying to create a team built around big names and celebrities, rather than players with a solid work ethic and a capacity for stepping up when it matters most?
2. Do we blow this whole team up after two failed seasons, and keep the serviceable players, but basically overhaul most of the roster, the head coach, and the coaching staff?
Obviously, most of the players will return, but do you support Jones’ decision to keep the coaching staff intact for next season?
It looks like we have just begun an offseason that will be filled with more questions than answers.