A Day I Will Never Forget

Well, to point out the obvious, our season did not go the way we hoped it would to this point. A very disappointing first half of the season for our Dallas Cowboys. There is not a lot of things we can take so far this season as a positive, but there are some things we HAVE to say were good. The first thing that comes to my mind is our draft pick #88 Dez Bryant. Wow has he stepped up and shown us what he can do. I am very impressed with his performance this season, and hopefully he can pull out rookie of the year awards this year.

Before Romo got hurt, it seemed as if Romo and Roy Williams had a better chemistry together. They looked to me like they were on the same page this year. Roy has stepped up his game and has brought good things to this team so far this year. So, up to this point of the season, it has been pretty embarrassing season. However, I must say because of what has recently happened to me it is turning out to be an absolutely wonderful season. Let me explain!!!!

On Monday of this week I was at work and got a phone call at 12:22 in the afternoon. Not recognizing the number I heard someone ask for Josh Edwards. They told me they were from 93Q the local country station here in Houston. At this point I could not believe they were calling me, because I had entered an online contest a week earlier with them and thought nothing of it at that time. Well, the young lady on the phone informed me that they had drawn my name for the grand prize. I was SHOCKED. I kept saying to her, your joking right? This has to be a joke. Are you serious?? As I started to get ecstatic thinking about what I had won, she tells me the details about the prize.

I won 2 air fair tickets round trip, with hotel accommodations for 3 days, I had been chosen to go back stage and meet Keith Urban the country singer at his performance. Very excited that I had won this, this was not the highlight of the conversation. Included in this prize, was, and I quote, ” 2 tickets to the Dallas Cowboys VS New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving day!!!!!!!!!!!” Keith Urban is performing at halftime at the game.

I am still in shock about this prize I have won. I am going to be AT THE GAME on thanksgiving day!!! WOW. I will NEVER forget this day..Well, to make my day better, about 2 hours after I got this phone call I had heard that Wade got fired. I thought to myself, could this day get any better. I sure it could have but not much better than the way I felt at that point.

With Wade being gone and Jason Garret taking over, I have heard there is a new persona around the practice field. Players are trying harder and running more. From what Garret said, their jobs could be on the line if they don’t perform the way he knows they can. Great thing to hear this season, FINALLY!!!!

Lets pull out a couple wins the rest of the season and end this year on a positive note.   LETS GO COWBOYS!!!!!!

Happy Veterans Day To All Our True Heroes

On behalf of everyone at Lone Star Struck we would like to take some time to remember and honor all of our brave servicemen and women that have served and continue to serve our great country.

Each Veteran’s day we have an opportunity to recognize the all amazing men and women who make up the greatest military in the world. They faithfully protect our borders and our freedom and our way of life.

God Bless all of you for your unwavering loyalty, patriotism, strength, and courage.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Cowboys Practice Notes

The injury plague strikes again!

Marcus Spears (defensive end) and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (safety) have both been placed on injured reserve (IR). The Cowboys replaced them with two defensive linemen; Jeremy Clark and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

For the first time this season the team practiced in full pads. Today was the team’s first practice under interim head coach Jason Garrett. Before today former head coach Wade Phillips had the players practice in shorts and shoulder pads. Garrett also encouraged the squad, telling them what was expected of them and insisting they hustle to their next practice activity rather than walk.

Cowboys linebackers Bradie James (knee) and Anthony Spencer (stinger) both missed practice, and of course, defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle) and Tony Romo (clavicle) both still out.

Joe D. On Being Quitters

Coach Joe DeCamillis weighs in on the growing perception that the Cowboys are quitters,

“Yeah that’s not a good situation, no question about it, and we’ve just got to get it rectified. It’s a shame because there’s a lot of good, really tough guys that do it right and play hard, we’ve just got to get it reigned in and get that moniker off our guys, that’s for sure.”

Tuck This This In Your Pocket

Justin Tuck of the New York Giants made some interesting comments regarding the Cowboys:

Regarding the Offensive Line…

“Just a little bit more confusion, it seems like sometimes they’re not on the same page. When they are [on the same page], I’ve seen them move great. I don’t know what the case is as far as communication is. That’s the only thing I’ve seen differently.”

Regarding Sunday’s Matchup…

“It’s never difficult to get motivated to play the Cowboys. It’s a great rivalry. If the talent wasn’t there, it’d be a different story, but we understand this team can wake up. It’s kind of like a sleeping giant. You definitely don’t want to wake them up.”

What Are The Odds

Sportsbook.com posted gambling odds for who will be the Cowboys head coach to start the 2011-12 regular season. Of the 12 coaching options to place a wager on, Jon Gruden has the best odds at 2-1 while Tony Dungy and Brian Billick share the worst at 25-1.

Other options include Marty Schottenheimer (15-1), Mike Zimmer (15-1), Bill Parcells (10-1), Leslie Frazier (10-1), Jim Harbaugh (8-1), Marvin Lewis (5-1), Bill Cowher (4-1), Jason Garrett (4-1) and John Fox (3.5-1).

Put me down for fity bucks on Marvin Lewis.

Everybody Is A Winner At LSS

Congratulations to our five book winners!

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Live Blogging Press Conference: Wade Phillips Fired, Garrett Named Interim Head Coach

The following is a live blog of the 4:00 PM press conference in which the Cowboys will officially announce that head coach has been fired. Offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett will replace Phillips as the interim head coach.

4:03 – Jerry Jones step up to the podium. He looks ashen and like he hasn’t slept in days. “We are not where we want to be as an organization right now.”

4:05 – Jones told team we have 8 games remaining and we want players who want to win and we will be watching them the remainder of this season.

4:08 – “We are not recognizing the need to play in a winning way. I believe that you can look at a team and see if there is real effort. I don’t think we have done that.”

4:10 – “Jason has certainly been a part of our longterm thinking for the Cowboys. But for now we want him to maximize how we are playing right now. I do believe that Jason has the temperament and disposition to effect a culture change.”

4:11 – “In addition to naming Garrett, we have named Paul Pasqualoni as the defensive coordinator. He brings something to the table to institute a change this week and next week in the culture.”

4:12 – “We have the luxury of doing something in the next eight games to look and evaluate any future changes going forward. We all shared int the frustration of doing things that cause you not to win.”

4:13 – “We did not show an ability to overcome injuries. The team we played last night did do that, we did not.”

4:15 – In last few weeks I have been in denial, especially the last couple of ballgames, but I had to do what was needed and that’s why I decided to make this coaching change.”

4:16 – Garrett has the opportunity to keep the job long term. If he does his job well under this crisis situation, the answer is yes. Good success here will enhance his long term prospects.”

4:17 – “Wade is a good friend and I visited with him personally. He has presided over three of the most offensively productive seasons in Cowboys history. That’s all I will say about that.”

4:20 – “We haven’t been playing in a winning way. We need to show up ready to play and I’m not just talking about being ready physically.”

4:22 – “We need to see an extraordinary effort as a team and individually as players from here on in. That’s not based on just the record, but in the attitude and quality of play.”

4:25 – “It was paramount in my thinking that we would make adjustments and have our defense more productive and make a correction. We need to have real success on the defensive side of the coaching side and that impacted my decision.” (Regarding last night’s game.)

4:26 – A saddened and visibly shaken Jerry Jones answers the last question and steps down from the podium.

Closing Comments

Obviously, readers of this site know how ecstatic I must have been upon hearing the news Wade Phillips was fired. Wade is a great guy who was simply in over his head. He didn’t have the fire you want from a head coach. I’m glad that Jerry Jones did the right thing and fired him now as me and many other bloggers on this site suggested and wanted. Now we can look toward the future with the hope that a new era in Cowboys history has begun, and that we can turn the page on the distater that this first half of the season has been.

I wish Jason Garrett the best of luck, and look forward to seeing what he can do in the next eight games of this season.

Go Cowboys!

Wade Phillips Out, Jason Garrett In

Breaking news out of Dallas reports that Wade Phillips has indeed been fired as expected. The official word will probably come today at the 4:00 press conference.

CBSDFW reports:

IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – CBS 11 Sports has confirmed that Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips has been fired.

Jason Garrett has been named the new interim head coach. Garrett had previously been the Cowboys assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Read more: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2010/11/08/dallas-cowboys-coach-wade-phillips-fired/

I’m sure a lot more will come out as the day progresses…

Last Chance To Win! America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys

Hey Cowboys fans, we have some exciting news about a fantastic new giveaway here at Lone Star Struck.

The publishers of the new book entitled: America’s Team: the Official History of the Dallas Cowboys, have authorized us to give away five free copies of this handsome new book that covers the first fifty years of our Dallas Cowboys.

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As you all know, the Cowboys are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, and Jeff Sullivan has produced a true treasure chest of memories that are sure to revive your spirit and rejuvenate your pride in America’s Team. This beautiful hardcover edition is a must read for any Cowboys fan and it is loaded with stunning vintage photography and a marvelous account of all the highlights and lowlights of the first fifty years of this wonderful franchise.

No stone is left unturned, as the book chronicles the Cowboys from their inaugural 1960 season and then takes us straight through all the glory years as well as the lean years until the journeys ends with today’s team and players. It includes an abundance of great quotes from many of the all-time Dallas legends who Sullivan personally interviewed for this book.

As one of the most storied franchises in professional sports honors their 50 seasons of exciting football this year, Insight Editions will be celebrating as well with the publication of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes it the official history? There’s a forward by team President Jerry Jones, unprecedented access to current and former players, historical archives and rarely seen photographs.

America’s Team opens with the inaugural season of 1960 and takes readers on a journey through five Super Bowl titles, 21 division titles, 33 playoff wins and numerous Hall of Fame careers. In the past 50 years, faces have changed, but the tradition has stayed the same—winning. The Cowboys have captivated people worldwide for half a century and given generations of fans a lifetime of memories. America’s Team captures those memories in this one-of-a-kind book.

Here is some additional information from the publisher’s press release:

As one of the most storied franchises in professional sports honors their 50 seasons of exciting football this year, Insight Editions will be celebrating as well with the publication of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes it the official history? There’s a forward by team President Jerry Jones, unprecedented access to current and former players, historical archives and rarely seen photographs.

America’s Team opens with the inaugural season of 1960 and takes readers on a journey through five Super Bowl titles, 21 division titles, 33 playoff wins and numerous Hall of Fame careers. In the past 50 years, faces have changed, but the tradition has stayed the same—winning. The Cowboys have captivated people worldwide for half a century and given generations of fans a lifetime of memories. America’s Team captures those memories in this one-of-a-kind book.

It was January 17, 1993, the Cowboys had just knocked off the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and were one step away from winning the first of three Super Bowls in a span of just four years when Jimmy Johnson coined the phrase  “How ’bout them Cowboys?” America’s Team answers that question with 400 pages of just how a fledgling upstart became an international icon. The book also includes the unveiling of the Dallas Cowboys Golden Anniversary Team, never-before told stories from nearly 100 Cowboy players and personnel, including every living member of the famed Ring of Honor, a bonus chapter devoted to America’s Sweethearts (the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders) and original essays by sports icons such as Pat Summerall, Dan Jenkins and Vern Lundquist.

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It’s Nov. 7th, Do You Know Where Your Football Team Is?

I just want to get one thing straight, I am not blind to the fact that our Dallas Cowboys are the worst team in the NFC.

However, that blatant fact is not going to stop me from screaming, “Go Cowboys!” and getting just as emotional during the game as if we were the best in the conference.

As explained in my previous post, I am not sugar coating America’s Team any longer but I am still a 100% die hard supporter of the team in Blue and Silver.

At this point in the season we as fans have earned the right to complain, criticize, and do whatever else makes us feel better. Most of us have watched every game and believed in our hearts we would come out winners. This insane losing streak doesn’t have us doubting our loyalty, but only our team’s ability to get things done.

When someone walks up to me and asks me, “Whats wrong with the Cowboys?”, believe me they get an earful and like my sister the other day, most likely more than they expected (LOL).

We don’t have all the answers, and clearly neither does the current Cowboys coaching staff, but we definitely offer our opinions. I can tell you what I think is wrong and what needs to be changed but you don’t want to read that right now. You want to watch a football game, a great football game.

You want to watch a team that’s ranked 16 out of 16 in the standings terrorize a team that’s ranked number three. You want to see the defense working on all cylinders and attacking an offense that never stops fighting, losing only two games this season both in overtime. You want to see an offense use all of its weapons and break out some new plays, hush the crowd and bring home a win.

I can’t promise you will see any of those things, but I can promise you that I am going into this game optimistically with 100% dedication and support. We can only hope that the Dallas Cowboys who take the field in Green Bay tonight do the same.

This is not a guaranteed win for Green Bay or a guaranteed loss for Dallas. This is a prime example of why we play the games. We need a motivated, disciplined team to come into Lambeau Field and honor the star on their helmets. Fight for that win! Lets see that talent that everyone keeps claiming we are loaded with. Forget that you are 1-6 and the world is against you, play like we know you can and you will be winners.


Flashback, Cowboys vs Packers – 1982

Although the Cowboys are in the middle of a very disappointing season I thought it would be a good idea to continue my Flashback posts. It’s always nice to dive into a classic game that involved some all-time great players. 

The 1982 season was a strange season with a strike that cancelled seven games of the regular season. The divisions in both conferences were wiped out and when the games started it up again the NFL decided to just do the AFC and the NFC. The top eight teams in both conferences would make the playoffs. 

In the second round of the playoffs the Cowboys took on the Green Bay Packers at Texas Stadium. The first quarter was slow as the Cowboys could only manage a 50 yard field goal from Rafael Septien. He added a second field goal early in the second quarter and the Cowboys took a 6-0 lead.

The Cowboys defense had kept the high scoring Packers offense in check until mid way through the second quarter. Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey drove his offense 73 yards to the Cowboys six yard line. Dickey’s two wide receivers James Lofton and James Jefferson lined up to the left. Lofton put a fake on Dennis Thurman and caught the touchdown pass from Dickey to put the Packers ahead, 7-6. Thurman would get his revenge later in the game with three interceptions of Dickey.

The long drive by the Packers did not seem to bother the Cowboys offense as they say waiting on the sidelines. When the Cowboys got the ball back Danny White drove them 80 yards to the Packers two yard line. From there Timmy Newsome scored to give the lead back to the Cowboys, 13-7.

The Packers got the ball back on their own 25 yard line with 1:13 left in the first half. Instead of running out the clock, Packers coach Bart Starr instructed Dickey to throw a sideline pass to Jefferson. Dennis Thurman, who was in single coverage on Jefferson read the play and then made the play. Thurman stepped in front of Jefferson at the Packers 39 yard line and took it the distance for the touchdown. The Cowboys took a commanding 20-7 lead at halftime.

“He tried to push me off,” said Thurman, who had Jefferson in single coverage. “At that point, I knew he was running an out pattern. I read his route and got underneath him.”

Even down by 13 points the Packers came out in the second half ready to play. Their offense went to a three wide receiver set and started to put some drives together against the Cowboys defense. Although the Packers were dominating in the third quarter they only managed two field goals from Jan Stenerud and pulled closer to the Cowboys, 20-13.

The Cowboys needed a spark, which came from rookie kick returner Rod Hill. After the Packers kicked their second field goal of the third quarter Hill took the kickoff and raced 89 yards to the Packers 24 yard line. The Cowboys could only manage another Septien field goal to increase their lead to 23-13 as the third quarter ended. The wake up call was just what the Cowboys needed for an action packed fourth quarter.

The fireworks started early in the fourth quarter for the Packers. On the first play of the quarter from the Packers 29 yard line Dickey handed off to running back Eddie Lee Ivery. Ivery then handed the ball to Lofton who had cut across the backfield for the reverse. Lofton then raced untouched through the Cowboys defense with some timely blocks and scored from 71 yards out. Rod Hill got into the act again as he blocked the Packers extra point. The Packers were now down 23-19.

The Cowboys offense came right back as Danny White led them 80 yards on their next possession. White capped the drive with a seven yard touchdown pass to tight end Doug Cosbie to put the Cowboys up 30-19.

The Packers were forced to punt on their next possession. The Cowboys got the ball at their own 15 yard line with 7:23 left in the game. Danny White attempted a pass to Newsome coming out of the backfield. The pass was a little behind Newsome and bounced off his hand. Packer’s cornerback Mark Lee was there for the deflection and raced 22 yards for the touchdown. The Packers were now only down by four, 30-26.

Like so many times before in this game the Cowboys took the momentum back from the Packers on their next drive. The Cowboys faced a third and four from their own 43 yard line. Danny White found Doug Cosbie for a seven yard gain to midfield and a first down.

“If your looking for the key play of the game, there it is,” said White 

With the Cowboys sitting at midfield Tom Landry remembered a play from the second quarter and so did Drew Pearson and Tony Hill. Danny White threw a screen pass to Pearson that only gained three yards, but Landry, Pearson and Hill noticed that the Packers defenders all came up on the play to stop Pearson, which left Tony Hill all alone.

Tom Landry called the same screen pass to Pearson from midfield, but this time Pearson had the freedom to unload if the situation was right. Pearson had some experience at quarterback from when he was in high school. After Pearson received the screen pass from White he decided it was time to throw it down field. The pass was not pretty as it wobbled and went over Tony Hill’s wrong shoulder. But Hill came down with the pass and was tackled at the one yard line.

“We had to have a big play,” Landry said

“He (Landry) said if I don’t have the touchdown, then I don’t have anything,” Pearson said. “I just threw it up, and Tony made the play.”

“When I saw Drew wind up, I thought he was going to throw it out of the stadium,” Hill said. “It was a great pass.”

On the next play the Cowboys put the game away with 4:24 left. Robert Newhouse scored from the one yard line and the Cowboys won the game 37-26.

The Cowboys defense collected four sacks on Lynn Dickey and three interceptions, all by Dennis Thurman.

Danny White led the Cowboys offense with 225 yards passing and one touchdown. Tony Dorsett gained 99 yards on the ground. Tony Hill had 142 yards receiving.

The win put the Cowboys back in the NFC Championship game for the third season in a row. They would have to travel to Washington to face the Redskins in RFK Stadium this time. The Redskins fans were ready as they chanted “We want Dallas” in the stands while the Redskins were beating the Vikings in their second round playoff game.

“We’re looking forward to it.” he said. “I saw everybody (the Redskins fans) wanted us back. I’m glad we can accommodate them.”

The box score from the game against the Packers can be seen here.


Does Phillips Decrease Morale By Punishing Some And Rewarding Others?

Last week, Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, answered questions for fans in a live chat. The following responses by Archer proved to be very insightful and worth a look.

Possible coaching candidates:

Gruden would come here in a second. Cowher? I doubt it. Cowher would want more control. Gruden would be open to less of a say, but I said it earlier in here: whoever the head coach is here has more power than any of us think. If he wants a player or doesn’t want a player, almost 95 percent Jerry will side with the coach. … But I wouldn’t be in the Gruden camp. He was only average after taking over Tony Dungy’s team and winning that Super Bowl the first year.

Why Chris Gronkowski was inactive against Jacksonville:

He was inactive because of his failure to pick up Michael Boley on a blitz that led to Tony Romo suffering a fractured collarbone. He was not hurt. He was a healthy scratch. The Cowboys used their tight ends Scott Chandler and Jason Witten as fullback. To me it sorta speaks to what’s wrong with this team: they can punish guys like Gronkowski, an undrafted free agent, but they do not punish their more veteran players.

Who the Cowboys will target with a top 10 draft pick:

I wouldn’t put much stock in these scouting gurus at this time of year. Just compare lists they have now to the ones they have in April. Things change. There will be an O-lineman or five to take in the early rounds. I’d say safety has to be at the top of the list, too.

Why the Cowboys’ defense has stalled and become easy for opponents to read:

It’s the same scheme as they ran last year when they finished second in points allowed in the NFL. It’s not an overly complicated scheme, but there are a lot of teams that run simple stuff and execute it. That’s the problem: there’s no execution and now Phillips doesn’t know what he’s going to get from the players and I’m sure players are lacking trust in what’s called. It’s natural when things go like this.

Is Felix Jones a top running back in the NFL:

He doesn’t have much room to do much of anything, however, I just don’t see the instincts to make him special. He’s a one cut guy. He doesn’t have the wiggle necessary to make somebody miss. Maybe he lost some of that by adding some weight but he just doesn’t look like the same guy.

Regarding Gronkowski being inactive, I thought it was a cheap shot by Wade Phillips and an indication that he is playing favorites with his roster.

When Mark Colombo does an intentional back-flip in the end zone Phillips defended him and said he simply tripped, but when Gronkowski unintentionally makes the mistake of leaving the quarterback unprotected to tackle an oncoming guard, he gets punished and singled out.

Gronkowski gets put on the inactive list despite being the only fullback on the team. Phillips decided it was better to punish Gronkowski even at the expense of weakening the team.

It’s things like this that make me wonder how Wade Phillips has lasted this long as coach of the Cowboys.

If the division in the the locker room is as bad as is now being reported, don’t blame Terrell Owens this time, blame the coach, Wade Phillips.

Who will be the Cowboys 8th head coach?

As the Cowboys approach mid-season of this disappointing 2010 season, the questions have been asked, “Who will be the next coach of the Cowboys?”, “Will Wade Phillips remain as head coach for another season?” There are many different opinions from so many different people. Some believe if a coaching change happens it should be someone with experience as an NFL coach. Others think it should be someone young and deserving of a first shot as an NFL coach. Maybe the change should be someone within the Cowboys organization? There is also a question of power as far as players on the roster. Does Jerry Jones really control everything from top to bottom? Does the head coach have a say in who makes the team? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered when the season is over if not before.

The big names currently out there with NFL experience are Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick. All of which have Super Bowl rings. Then there are the young assistant NFL coaches around the league or maybe even someone from the college ranks.

Bill Cowher coached the Steelers from 1992-2006. His record was 149-90-1. He won eight division titles and took the Steelers to two Super Bowls, winning the second in Super Bowl XL over the Seahawks. Cowher’s Steelers made the playoffs 10 of his 15 seasons.

Jon Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001. His record was 38-26. He won two division titles and built the Raiders into an NFL power again when he left the organization after the 2001 season. Gruden moved onto the Buccaneers where he compiled a 57-55 record from 2002-2008. In Gruden’s first season with the Buccaneers he brought them to Super Bowl XXXVII where he would coach against his old team the Raiders and beat them convincingly, 48-21. Gruden’s Raiders and Buccaneers teams made the playoffs six out of his 11 seasons.

Brian Billick coached the Ravens from 1999-2007. His record was 80-64. He won two division titles and coached the Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV over the Giants, 34-7. Billick’s Ravens made the playoffs four out of his nine seasons.

Another coach on my list is Jim Harbaugh who is currently the head coach of the Stanford Cardinals and has compiled a 24-21 record in his four seasons. He coached the Cardinals to a bowl game in 2009 and could be on his way to a second bowl appearance in 2010. Before coaching the Cardinals Harbaugh was the head coach at the University of San Diego where he was 29-6 is his three seasons.

We Live and We Learn

As you get older you start to understand the world a bit better. You learn that everything isn’t what it seems and money doesn’t grow on trees, you know, the average “it sucks to be a grownup” life lessons. In the last year I’d have to say I’ve learned more about being a real sports fanatic, I’ve opened my eyes and my ears and came to realize everything that glitters isn’t gold.

A few years ago it didn’t matter if the Cowboys were losing or if a player failed, in my eyes they could do no wrong and if anyone said anything critical I would immediately jump in and defend the team I love so much. No one was harder to defend more than Terrell Owens, but I did, and I didn’t back down either.

Now I’ve found myself criticizing them for their horrible plays and penalties and lack of discipline, hell I could go on and on but you all know the problems, how could you not?

Maybe this is the worst season I’ve witnessed as a mature adult so it seems more clear or maybe I’ve opened my mind to understand that unconditional love means that I love them through the good times and the bad. There is no question that these are the bad times. That doesn’t mean I have lost my loyalty to the Dallas Cowboys. Any sane person can see a team that is 1-6 is not a good team.

You want to argue that there is wasted talent on the team? Outside of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware, and a healthy Tony Romo, this team is mediocre at best. That’s my honest opinion and it really wasn’t that easy to admit. How many of the Cowboys do you expect to be elected to the Pro Bowl this year?

The heart breaker is that we came into the season with high hopes and expectations. When you really think about it, we didn’t change much in the offseason. Our biggest acquisition was Dez Bryant and he has completely lived up to everything we wanted him to be. He has a bright future with the Cowboys and we should look forward to celebrating wins and beyond with Dez. But it won’t be this year.

I will continue to watch the games and try to go into them with an open-mind and an open-heart. They might win a few of them.

I expect a big offseason with major changes everywhere. You know what happens then? You go into rebuilding mode. Things aren’t going to immediately be better just because we got a new coaching staff and a few new faces on the field. Everyone who is screaming, “Fire Wade!” you will get your wish, but it isn’t the cure-all answer. I hope you’re in for the long haul because I know I am.

Maybe it’s true in football as it is in life – once you hit rock-bottom there’s no way to go but up.

We won’t be celebrating 50 years in Dallas with a winning season or a trip to the playoffs, and we certainly won’t be the first team to play the Super Bowl in our own stadium. At least not this year. I am well aware that we still have nine games to go but there are too many problems that ail this team to realistically believe they still have a chance.

When you watch them play you can actually see them giving up. You can see the mood change on the field, especially after Tony Romo’s season abruptly ended a week ago.

So I guess I will get torched and people will say I’ve given up on my team. I haven’t given up on them, they gave up on themselves. Like I said I will always be a Cowboys fan, and I will continue to defend them but not without some criticism of my own. It’s almost as if I have been reborn as a fan and it hasn’t been easy. Going through life thinking everything is rainbows and butterflies, or Lombardi trophies and Super Bowl rings, is definitely so much easier.

Yes, I am a Cowboys fan for life and no matter the record they have my full support and loyalty. However, I’m not so naive anymore that I can preach to you how great they are when in reality there is nothing to brag about in 2010. We may see some bright spots here and there, and surely we will tack on some more wins but we are not contenders. Maybe once you realize what I have, it may be easier to watch a game and not bust holes in your walls.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad about this season and all of the lost dreams. The Super Bowl is in Dallas, and believe it or not on my birthday. No one wanted this more than me! It was fate. But it’s not going to work out the way we dreamed it would.

Just another life lesson – life doesn’t always work out like we planned.

Dumbfounded, Dismayed And Depressed

When you go into an interview for a job, the employer usually asks you, can you describe yourself in 2 or 3 words. Lets just say its a VERY good thing I do not have a job interview in the next couple of weeks. I sit each week and watch our Boys come out of the tunnel and think to myself. Is this the week they come alive? Is this the week they play together or with passion? Even after they come out Sunday and take a very early lead 10 – 0, they play…FLAT!!!! It is not an easy thing to find things to say about our team, when my whole life I was brought up that if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.

I should keep my mouth shut but this time I can’t. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. There is no chemistry on this team, there is no leadership on this team. For that matter, there is no TEAM. It is each individual going out onto that field, playing their position for THEM. That is what I am getting out of each of these games. Yes we lost our quarterback and yes that can seriously hurt a team when your star goes down. But you can NOT blame Kitna for that loss yesterday. 3 dropped passes that were picked off. A pass that hit Jason Whitten on the STAR OF HIS HELMET. Which in turn would have given us a first down. A DEBACLE of a special teams play that 6 players stood around and WATCHED the punt returner catch the ball and return it for 20 yards. I will get to the defense or LACK THERE OF in a minute, but I have to talk about the ONE positive thing I saw yesterday. After that punt return when our players just stood around and watched the run back. As they were coming off the field. I saw something that I had not seen all year, and told my wife sitting there watching the game with me. DID YOU SEE THAT?? OMG THAT WAS AWESOME, ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID THAT. The special teams coach was absolutely LIVID. He was so mad his face was turning red and he was screaming at the players as they walked off the field. Where is that passion with the rest of the coaching staff. Not just the head coach, or lack there of that we have. Or the offensive coordinator that should be a fan watching the game because he obviously has no idea what he is doing with a playbook. But every single coach on our team. After that play, there was a new persona on the field during special teams plays. The players knew that if they screwed up again, they would get yelled at, and probably sat on the bench. Which should have been done by all coaches ever since the year began.

As for our defense, well what a team is suppose be playing when the other team has the ball. What a joke!!! I was listening to the announcers as the game was going on. They said that Jacksonville PLANNED on playing the same way throughout the whole game because they knew exactly what we were going to be doing. BLITZING EVERY TIME THEY COULD. Just like every game this year. We blitz and what happens, we get SHREDDED in the passing game. We have the front 4 of a defensive line that can handle their own. It is just that the coaching staff needs to let them play that. Let our defense do what it has to do. They blitz too much.  It was said during the game yesterday that we blitz more than any other team and every team knows that. David Garrard had a career day yesterday in touchdown passes, in longest pass from scrimmage. The Jaguars had their best game of the year, just like every team has when they play us. Wade is SUPPOSE to be helping our defense because he is such a great defensive coordinator. What is he doing for us in any aspect of the game???

A major overhaul NEEDS to be done, but the sad part is, we have an owner with a stick up his (explicative) that thinks he knows everything there is to know about football and how to run a team. I have not like Jerry Jones from Day 1. He had the best chance when he first took the team to have SEVERAL championships and threw it all away because of his ego. Because he thought he knew what was best. No wait, because he could not keep his mouth shut and stay out of the coaches way and let him coach the team. Jerry Jones loves Wade so much because Wade bows down to him and does what he says. That is why Jimmy Johnson is gone. Because he stuck up for himself and the team, Until Jerry decides to keep is nose out of the coaches business and stay in the owners box and make our team lots of money, we will forever be wondering what is wrong with the Dallas Cowboys.

Christmas is just around the corner so here is my wish for this year.

A new coaching staff and for Jerry Jones to shut his mouth and stay in the owners box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!