It’s been almost two days, and I still can’t get Thursday’s loss out of my mind. It really doesn’t matter how many games we win or lose from here on out, and I had no illusions of grandeur that somehow the Cowboys were still in it, but that particular loss just stung more than usual.
How amazing would it have been to beat the defending Super Bowl champs after all we’ve been through during this season of turmoil? We were almost there… We almost did it… We could have won our third straight game since we fired the Michelin Man, Wade Phillips…
Maybe Gerald Sensabaugh said it best,
“We just fought back to get ourselves back in the football game,” safety Gerald Sensabaugh said. “Our offense was driving and scoring points. We had a couple of good stops down there by holding them to field goals. It’s not a good feeling when you know you could have won the football game.”
I know many of you hung at least part of that loss on our kicker David Buehler, but he was act to go out there and execute on a 59-yarder that is a field goal kickers version of three Hail Mary passes rolled into one. If he would have made it, the game would have easily been the Cowboys biggest and most inspirational win in the last three seasons.
I firmly put that loss squarely on the shoulders of Roy Williams. Until he had that football stripped away from him, the Cowboys well on their way to pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the season against a phenomenal New Orleans Saints team that was hungry for another win.
I’m so tired of seeing Williams pollute this team with his constant complaining of the field, and his soft approach on the field. I still grit my teeth when I realize we made him one of the top paid wide receivers in the NFL. I’ll never understand how a first round bust who couldn’t cut it with the lowly Detroit Lions, can come to Dallas and get the richest contract ever for a wide receiver in team history. If there is anyway to get his ass off this team this offseason, I hope they do it.
It was difficult to see the team’s best receiver Dez Bryant, so under utilized on Thursday, and you could see the frustration on his face as he spent most of his time on the sidelines and even shouting his displeasure to anyone who would listen. Did you see the expression on Garrett’s face after Williams’ coughed up that ball and with it all of our momentum?
Everything the Cowboys worked so hard to fight back from and accomplish on Thursday, simply vanished because of this one play:
So what did Roy Williams have to say about his back-breaking blunder?
“It happens. I don’t know why things like that happen to good people. I should have just gotten tackled.”
Good people? What does that have to do with anything? What he should have said was that things like that don’t happen to “good players”.
Getting back to something more positive, I’m becoming a huge Jason Garrett fan. How incredible and refreshing was it to see him get in front of the press and take responsibility for that loss? When was the last time a Cowboys head coach did that? And the ironic thing about it was that I had zero problem with the way Garrett coached that game. I saw him resurrect a Cowboys team that was down 17-0 against one of the leagues best, and spark them back to life. I haven’t seen such passion, fight, intensity and raw emotion from the Cowboys in years.
I know Garrett is just the interim coach, but after what I’ve seen in the last three games, I wouldn’t have a problem if Jerry Jones dropped the interim tag from his title.
We’ve already had to well known names at the head of this franchise in Wade Phillips and Bill Parcells. Maybe it’s time we stop pinning our future on some coach whose glory days came with another franchise. I’m tired of having a coach who was chosen simply because he was well known and would be easy to market or sell to the fans.
Maybe this time we should choose a coach with some heart and passion regardless of his name and past exploits. I wasn’t a huge Jason Garrett fan before this season started, but I’m completely sold on him now. He lives and dies with every play call and that’s exactly the kind of coach I always wanted for this team.