Cowboys Should Save Celebrations For When Wade Phillips Is Fired

There’s a lot of things that went wrong in yesterday’s 34-27 loss to the Titans, so many in fact, that I can easily pump out a dozen blogs detailing each one of them.

But instead, let me focus on the one bone-headed play that really ticked me off the most yesterday; the excessive celebrating that led to the 15 yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff and culminate in the game winning touchdown for the Titans.

The impromptu celebrating by the usually subdued Jason Witten coupled with offensive lineman Mark Columbo joining the fray was puzzling especially when the team wasn’t even winning and hadn’t led once in the entire game at home. Actually, you will have to go all the way back to January of 2010 to find the last time the Cowboys had a lead at anytime during a home game in their new gargantuan stadium.

When Jason Witten tied the game 27-27 thanks to a tough grab-and-go that saw him grind his way into the endzone, for a brief second I looked at the scoreboard and looked at the time left on the clock, and thought hey… we could really comeback and win this thing.

However those hopes were quickly dashed as I saw Columbo take a handoff from Witten, spike the ball and flip into the endzone. That egregious decision led to a 15 yard penalty that would be assessed on the ensuing kickoff. Great I thought, now we practically put the Titans back on mid field. It would end up being much worse than that.

Why would that Cowboys touchdown prompt a celebration from an offensive lineman anyway?

It’s not like they just won the Super Bowl, heck they hadn’t even won the game or even taken a lead, it was a damned tie game!

What makes the players feel so comfortable to behave as foolishly as they often do?

Well that comes from the carefree atmosphere created by a lackadaisical coach who is a poor excuse for a leader.

What did Coach Phillips have to say about the play after the game? Here, read for your self…

“He spiked it and he got off-balance and fell down. That’s not excessive celebration, excessive clumsiness, maybe, but not excessive celebration.”

That’s a load of bull Wade and you know it. Instead of jumping up and down, tearing off your headset, and flinging your clipboard to the ground, you’re gonna stand there and tell us he fell down? Really?

The reason this team continues to execute so poorly on the field is because not only do they not have any leadership from the players, but they get absolutely none from the head coach and his staff. All this team has proven is that they can lose to any opponent no matter how bad or how good the other team is.

Whenever the Cowboys take the field, they do so with the mindset that they hope they win the game, rather than exuding with the confidence that they will win the game. This comes from the coaching staff, and the other teams can smell the fear just like a shark can sense blood in the water. 

The Cowboys tallied 133 yards in penalties on Sunday… 133 yards!

The poor decisions made by the players which have led to an NFL high in penalties year after year after year, pale in comparison to the terrible decisions made by Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett and Joe DeCamillis during every astonishing and mind-blowing loss.

Last week, Bill Parcells fired his special teams coach for a hell of a lot less than what we have seen from Joe D.’s special teams unit already this season.

Garrett should be tarred and feathered for handing the ball to Felix Jones at the goal line for no gain, not once, not twice, but three consecutive times leading to three points (barely) instead of a much needed touchdown.

What does Wade do after each of these jarring losses? Does he go to Mike Jenkins and rip into his ass and tell him to get himself straightened out or else?

Obviously he had no problem with what Columbo did even though a teary eyed Columbo apologized after the game and said he didn’t mean to hurt the team.

If the Cowboys fail to stop all these crazy mental mistakes and all their ridiculous errors how can they possibly be taken seriously as a team?

Where is the pride and professionalism that used to come with the wearing of the Dallas Cowboys uniform?

Where is the respect for the game and the fundamental grasp of how to play that is so evident in the opposition?

We need a new head coach and staff… 

This team plays no differently than it did in 2007 when Wade Phillips took over.

They make the same exact mistakes over and over again which only means that nobody is listening to Phillips or that nobody really cares. There is no message or vision that is resonating with this team. The Cowboys would perform just as badly even if they were simply coaching themselves. In many respects they already are.

The team may win a couple of more games this season, but any talk of making the playoffs is now dead in the water. That’s not me being a bad fan, it’s me dousing you with a splash of reality. They say ya gotta believe when you’re a fan, but how can I believe in a team that doesn’t even believe in themselves?

Comments
  1. Thanks for the article I’ll link it from my blog, lets get Wade OUT now.

  2. Adam

    Look, Wade Phillips isent training them properly in teamwork and protecting Romo long enough to throw the strikes to his recievers… getting flashbacks of Troy Akman here.. ok and another issue is they have a McFadden / Felix combo in running back game and they don’t use it right! Felix needs speed slot running, to the sides of the lines, NOT THE MIDDLE.. he is not Emmit Smith!! you want someone to run through the middle of the field, uase Barber who is build for the hard hitting power running. let the fast guy get the speed calls.

    the only other thing i can think of is he doesnt modivate the players like he needs to and them penilitys are to costly and he has had plenty of time to work those down, but they go up after every game means they an’t doing anything about it

  3. Rico

    Ok first of all. The end-zone celebration to the best of my understanding was only flagged because Colombo fell down. Which was interpreted by the officials as excessive celebration. I believe Witten was quoted as saying they had done that celebration before and not been flagged. Like I said, all because he fell down. Had there been no flag on that celebration it would be a non-issue. And realistically it should still be a non-issue anyway considering the return of the kickoff got them to what, the 20 yard line anyway? If you’re going to focus on something, focus on something real instead of that piddly crap. I agree that our offensive coordinator is a complete moron. I’m beginning to think his play calling is based off his ego of being a smart princeton guy. And yes, Wade is a no leader. Less than a leader. For god’s sake Jerry, fire these two jokes. Get Bill Cowher in here for god’s sake.

  4. ronnie

    Okay they fianlly use felix as the featured back worked well but as soon as he got into it they froze him out jason garrett the biggest hack in football needs to go people are finally starting to see he has zero play calling talent. and dave campo come on this guy couldn’t coach pee wee and he is our secondary coach i think that speaks volumes. we need a coach that will be a leader not the players best friend. discipline and fundamentals that is the answer

  5. irvin ross jr

    MAN PEOPLE DONT GET IT WADE PHILLIPS IS NOT DALLAS PROBLEM HE A GOOD COACH ROMO NOT THE PROBLEM I SAY JASON GARRETT IS THE PROBLEM DALLAS CANT DO NOTHING IN THE RED ZONE MAN FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS THE DEFENSE BEEN CARRYING THIS TEAM WE STOPPED SOME GOOD TEAMS FROM RUNNING THE BALL ETC PENALTIES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BUT DALLAS NEED SOME GUY RUNNING THAT HIGH POWERED OFFENSE CAUSED JASON GARRETT AINT DOING IT I SAY BUT PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY ROMO THIS AND WADE THAT YOU FIRE ROMO N WADE I BET THIS TEAM WILL NEVER BE WHAT THEY WAS AGAIN SEAN PAYTON GOT THE SAINTS OFFENSE KINDA LIKE UNSTOPPABLE MAN WE HAD A CHANCE FOR HIM TO RUN OUR OFFENSE LOOK AT WHAT CARDS DID ON THEY SUPERBOWL RUN MAN THAT OFFENSE WAS UNSTOPPABLE DALLAS NEED A BETTER SPECIAL TEAMS COACH AND OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR THATS ALL OR BRING BACK JIMMY JOHNSON

  6. irvin ross jr

    IM GLAD COLUMBO DID WHAT HE DID WITTEN BEEN SO LONG WITHOUT A TOUCHDOWN AND MAN I SAW IT THREE YEARS AGO CAMPO AND JASON GARRETT NEED TO BE FIRED DALLAS DEFENSE BEEN CARRYING THIS TEAM FOR YEARS NOW WHEN THEY GONA LET ROMO GO TO WORK THE GOOD IS ONE OF THE BEST IF NOT THE BEST QUARTERBACK PLAYING HE YOUNG THE TEAM YOUNG GET SOME BETTER OFFENSIVE COACHES THERE TO GET THE WEAPONS OUT THE BARN BRYANT AUSTIN JONES BARBER WITTEN OFF LINE DEFENSE IS THERE THEY MADE THE RIGHT CALL FIRING THE PEOPLE THEY FIRED WHY WONT THEY FIRE THE REST OF THE MESSUPS GARRET CAMPO NEED TO BE FIRED ALL THOSE RECIEVERS LIKE BENNNET WHO CANT CATCH A DAM BUS NEED TO BE FIRED YALL TALK BOUT ROY SO BAD AND LOOK WHATS HAPPENING HE IS DOING VERY DAM GOOD BUT LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS DALLAS ON THE 10 YARD LINE IST OR WHATEVER AND GOAL EMMITT SMITH BACK THERE WAS A DAM TOUCHDOWN SHIT DALLAS ON THE 3 YARD LINE AND GARRETT DONT RUN BARBER AND THE DAM KICKER BUEHLUER CANT HIT THE GOTDAM OXYGEN IN THE AIR WITH THE FOOTBALL MAN I HAD TO HIT THE TAAKA VODKA AFTER THAT TITANS GAME MAN WAKE UP JERRY YOU LET SEAN PAYTON SLIP LOOK AT THE SAINTS OFFENSE WITH OR WITH BUSH UNSTOPPABLE AT TIMES

  7. DaBoyz Fan since'85

    Bring back Jimmy Johnson!!!