I can’t say I was surprised at what happened against the Giants in the final game of the season. The Cowboys have been inconsistent all season long. Why would I believe things would be different in the final game, which is what I wrote about last week? I won’t even get into the specifics of the game other than to say once again this team could not play four quarters, which has been the case in just about every game this season. It’s also been the case going back to 2008. The offense has no consistency and the defense does not respond when needed. Every September Cowboys fans, me included believe it could be a special season, but are then disappointed in the end. Maybe it’s time to see the Cowboys for who they are. An average 8-8 third place football team who are blinded by the star on their helmets. This team has almost the same core of players for the last few seasons and the problems remain the same. So where should blame be placed? Coaches? Players? Owners? I guess the answer is yes for all three, but more of the blame needs to go to Jerry Jones who is the one making all the decisions on the players that are selected in the draft as well as which free agents should be signed.
I read articles that the Cowboys are loaded with talent. Where? Sure they have a few talented players, but so do the Cleveland Browns. The problems start at the top with Jerry Jones who evaluates these players. He also makes head scratching decisions like giving a new six year contract to players like Orlando Scandrick who just can’t cover anyone. Jerry Jones is not a GM, but he loves to act like one just like those who play fantasy football and pretend they are really running a team. He truly believes that he is an outstanding evaluator of talent. Outside of players like Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware this Cowboys team is average at best. The jury is still out on players like Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray and Dan Bailey after having one good season. Players like Tony Romo, Phil Costa, Doug Free, Felix Jones, Miles Austin, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears, Bradie James, Terence Newman, Gerald Sensabaugh, Orlando Scandrick and many more are just average football players. I understand that teams cannot have super stars at every position, but it also comes down to coaching players the right way and getting the most out of them. Then it’s up to the players to execute out on the field.
This current Cowboys defense looked confused and out of position countless times in 2011. Is it that they are all just average coaches and players and are playing at an average level? Look back at the 1992 Cowboys. How many great players outside of Charles Haley played on that defense? They were a collection of average players who were coached the right way and got the most out of them. They were then held accountable for their play and went out and executed on the field at a high level. I guess what I’m saying is that everyone needs to be blamed from Jerry Jones down to the players.
It’s been the same excuses every season since losing to the Giants in the 2007 playoffs. The Cowboys will learn from the losses. They will get better. They will come back stronger. It makes me roll my eyes and shake my head every time I hear it. When? When?
Average players play average when they are coached by average coaches. It can be suggested to bring in coaches like Steve Spagnuolo to coach the defense and Norv Turner to be the offensive coordinator, but it still comes down to having average players who do not execute on the field. Since the player evaluator (Jones) is not going anywhere I don’t see things getting any better for the Cowboys. Adding to all the problems for the Cowboys is that come next season they have games with teams like the Steelers, Ravens, Saints and Falcons; I don’t see many wins in the Cowboys future until things start to change from the top down and we all know that is not going to happen. Jerry Jones is running this team and for him to give up power to a real general manager will be admitting he could not do the job and I just don’t see him doing that.
What else can I say? I have all these thoughts rushing around my head and sometimes they just don’t translate while typing. What it comes down to is that I’m tired of every season being disappointed by this team and I’m tired of the excuses. It’s going to be a long offseason and if things don’t change I don’t see much of difference come the start of the 2012 season or any season after that.