Last week I said I wasn’t going to point the finger of blame at any player or any aspect of the team, but after today’s embarrassing defeat, all bets are off.
What in God’s name was that?
Todays performance by our offensive line was a brutal display of ineffectiveness that can only be categorized as a complete and utter abomination. The culmination of several lackluster displays of effort in the last few weeks all led to this disastrous thrashing at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. Tony Romo was completely under siege today despite being protected by an offensive line that outweighed the opposing defensive line by almost one hundred pounds.
The Cowboys offensive line may look big and intimidating, but today they were tossed aside like they were a bunch of rag dolls offering absolutely no defense for the quarterback that they are paid to protect. Forget the fact that they are the highest paid offensive line in the league for one second and consider the fact that Romo was knocked down to the ground a record 19 times and was under pressure for almost every single snap of the game.
At least six snaps were a literal adventure in wonderland as they were completely out of sync with Romo’s signal calling.
They all looked very old and played with little if any motivation.
Even a very hot and emotional Terrell Owens couldn’t help fire up their abysmal performance.
Someone needs to get in that locker room and kick some freaking ass, but don’t expect that to come from the subdued and soft-spoken Wade Phillips and his staff.
Despite the poor showing by the offensive line, our special teams play continues to be unbelievably baffling at best, and painfully excruciating to watch at worst.
The special teams which was so flawed last season was supposed to be revamped and improved going into this new season. So what went wrong?
Their current inability to cover kick and punt returns has completely unraveled and every return is a mind-jarring nail-biter. They consistently miss tackles, draw far too many penalties, and look dazed and confused more often than not.
Going into this season, expectations were that we had the best team in the NFC. The painful reality is now beginning to set in that this team does not perform to those types of expectations. We may have been blinded by our love and enthusiasm for the team.
Unless the Cowboys find a way to correct the fatal flaws within their offensive line and special teams, the playoffs may slip between our fingers and fade away into a long off season full of questions and plenty of head scratching.
I’ve warned all season long about the dangers of taking the NFC East for granted this season. The Giants and Redskins are for real. We cannot coast into the post season and act as if it is a God given right… It is not a right, it is a privilege, and privileges are not granted, they are earned.
It’s not too late for the Cowboys to address these problems and put this string of bad play behind them. But first, they need to find their swagger.