Got Miles?

I picked up my copy of the latest Sports Illustrated on my lunch break this afternoon. No, unfortunately I’m not a subscriber, usually you get so tired of the bashing and failed predictions, etc. but this fan just couldn’t pass up a Cowboy cover! Miles Austin looks great.

Inside they label Austin “the Antidiva”. I think we all know what (or rather who) that’s referring to.

The last line of the Miles Austin section cracks me up – Coach Ray Sherman told Austin, “You’re not a surprise to anyone anymore. They’ll be gunning for you now. Don’t go all Hollywood on me.”

Gotta love it!

I shall put my magazine in a slip cover and preserve it to remind me of this wonderful season. But, don’t put away the memory chest just yet, we ain’t finished here. Without a doubt, there will be more Cowboy covers on the newsstands as they make their way to top and reach for the Lombardi!

No More Excuses

With the 2009 NFL Draft just around the corner, Cowboys fans across the nation have more questions than answers. The uncertainty of 2009 has many of us anxious to get this thing started. Predictions of 8-8 by so-called experts have many of us feeling frustrated and insulted.

Opinions of how to reach the pinnacle of the NFL vary as much as the hundreds of mock drafts being put together by football minds all over the country.

I see debates on various sites about who’s to blame and what the answers are. T.O. should not have been released. Owens should have been released. Felix Jones should be the starter. Tashard Choice should be the starter. Marion Barber should be the starter. Romo’s not the answer. Romo is without a doubt the answer. Wade should be fired. Jerry should fire himself.

With the possibility of a Miles Austin exodus looming over our heads, I’m one very nervous Cowboys fan without any real answers.

Keep in mind these are just the surface issues. I could probably write a 5,000 word essay just dealing with the questions Cowboys fans have. With no real answers.

I’m compelled to believe we can all agree on one thing. The time for excuses is over.

No more riding on our laurels. No more talk about 13-3 or 13 Pro Bowlers. No more “But this team did this and that team did that”. Time to lay to rest 2007 and 2008. The only true way to move forward is to( as cliche as it may sound) put the past behind us and don’t look back. No more talk about 44-6.

The pressure on this team to succeed – from top to bottom – is more intense than at any time that I can remember. This season will answer many questions. It is a make-or-break year for this organization. The time is now for Mr. Jones, Mr Phillips, Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Romo.

The time is now. No more excuses.

Who’s Next?

Okay, he’s done. He coached his heart out and he’s tired. Its been two days and I think we have all accepted this, its time to move on and we are ready for the new guy. But who will it be? I’ve heard more rumors and speculation in the past 48 hours than in my entire life it seems! From Bob Stoops to now Lovie Smith? Bob Stoops, by the way, said ‘no way’ just so we are clear on that. Lovie Smith? Well I’m pretty sure right now his mind is on the Super Bowl not moving back to Texas. But ya just never know. One thing everyone agrees on, to become the coach of America’s Team is a dream for alot of guys in the league. Its also one of the most stressful jobs out there.

There is also alot of people saying that Terrell Owens was part of the reason Parcells decided to retire. I don’t doubt that. It wasn’t the only reason but it had to have a hand in it. T.O. seems to be a coach’s worst nightmare. This is what he had to say about Parcells decision:

"Sometimes change is good," T.O. said. "I think it was needed." Owens, currently preparing for a second round of finger surgery, said he hopes "the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level."

Yeah, I know… The guy who dropped the most passes in the league. But he also led the league in receiving touchdowns.

During an interview about his retirement, Parcells was asked over and over about Terrell Owens and he refused to comment. So maybe he was part of the reason, but I don’t think Parcells was going to give T.O. the satisfaction.

My opinion about T.O. is, if you don’t want to be a team player, then get off my team. I have tried and tried to accept him, but he keeps pulling these stunts and talking to the media. He is a great player, when he’s 100% and I won’t deny that. But is it worth the grief and drama he brings? I can think of many WR’s that could be good for us without the controversy. But that’s not for me to decide. So if Jerry says he stays then hes a Cowboy and I will have to accept that and support him on the field. Off the field… different story.

So now, we wait. That’s what offseason is about anyway. We wait to see who our leader will be, we wait to see who gets cut, who gets signed, who gets hurt, who gets well. Someone asked me, "What do you do now that football season is over?" I simply answered, "Football season may be over, but I’m a Dallas fan year round, there’s plenty to do!"