So how does a problem get corrected when no one knows what the problem is? I’ve seen the post game interviews and I’ve read the post game quotes and what I’ve come away with is that this team is lost. With a 0-2 record the Cowboys had an emotional win against the Texans two weeks ago. Then came their bye week where they had two weeks to prepare for a game at home. They came out against the Titans on Sunday looking unprepared and tired as a team.
I pulled a few quotes that stood out to me.
From Wade Phillips…
“I don’t think differently is the biggest culprit,” Phillips said. “I think certainly better. You’re always working to get better. Even the great ones always work to get better. Consistent. We’ve had some consistency as far as what we’re doing, but we’ve fallen in some areas and we’ve got to do enough to win the ballgame. That’s what we haven’t done. We’ve done a lot of things – mostly move the ball and slow them down – but it hasn’t been good enough to win.”
First thing is that the Cowboys have been playing the same way the last few years. Something is not right, so yes, things need to be done differently. The only thing consistent about the recent Cowboys teams is that they are inconsistent. When Wade says “slow them down”, who is he talking about? Did he watch the Titans game as they put 34 points on the scoreboard?
“I think we can (talking about turning the season around),” Phillips said. “I know it’s wins and losses, but you have to consider what’s going on. I think we can because of the way we’re playing. I think we’re playing tough on defense. I think our quarterback is throwing the ball well and the way we’re moving it offensively. We’re doing enough positive things for me to think it’s going to be turned around.”
Wade Phillips says the Cowboys can turn things around because of the way they are playing. What?? I have DirecTV Sunday Ticket, so maybe I was watching another game yesterday and didn’t realize it. I saw nothing positive yesterday that would make be believe that things can be turned around.
“We beat ourselves,” said Phillips, who conceded this loss was more frustrating than the previous two. “We know that. I don’t have any qualms about our heart, but our execution needs to be better.”
Ok, maybe it’s time to call some of the players out who don’t make the plays or make the stupid mistake or make the stupid penalty. Grab them by their facemask and lay into them and make them know they did something that should not be done again. Sit them down and let them think about what they have done.
From Marcus Spears…
“I wish I knew what the deal was … other than we’re just not playing well,” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “We just have to execute. We’re not doing that. We’re not making the right plays at the right time. I wish I had the answers for you. But I know we have to fix whatever the problem is.”
I will say it again. If they don’t know what the problem is, then how can it be fixed?
“The most frustrating part is that you want a team to beat you,” Spears said. “If they’re going to beat you, then you want them to beat you. I’ve said this the last four weeks. We had 12 penalties, three turnovers, gave up seven big plays and lost by a touchdown. Tell me, what team can do that in the NFL and not lose by 30?”
I’m not really sure what point Spears is trying to make here. Does saying this really make him feel better about things?
From Gerald Sensabaugh…
“We just need to make the play when it’s there,” Sensabaugh said. “That’s what we need to do. We have a lot of opportunities to make plays, and for one reason or another, it’s just not happening. I don’t know … I don’t know why it hasn’t worked out for us. But I know we need to fix it.”
Why are they not making the plays? Is it because they are not prepared? Is it because of the game plan? Sensabaugh also does not know what they problem is, but says it has it be fixed. How?
From Terence Newman…
“At this point in time, it’s not about trying to find answers,” cornerback Terence Newman said. “It’s more about trying to find the problems.”
I had to scratch my head after reading this. Then I read it about ten times and still can not make any sense out of it. What does it mean?
From Tony Romo…
“If you’re a good ballclub, you overcome penalties, you overcome tipped balls that get picked off,” Romo said. “To have that many in one game is abnormal I think, but we have to find a way to be perfect in other areas. We’re not right now, and that’s disappointing.”
Romo says they need to be perfect in other areas. Does that mean he believes he will never be able to do the same at his position?
What did I get from these quotes? The Cowboys are a lost team that has no idea what their problems are on the field, which means they have no idea how to solve them. Maybe they might string a few wins together at some point this season, but the bottom line is that if their style of play didn’t work in 2007, 2008 or 2009, why would anyone think it will work in 2010? Changes need to be made now with this team, but this coaching staff does not believe that. Chances are a new coaching staff will be hired after this season unless the Cowboys get to the Super Bowl. At this point that is not likely to happen.