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?