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.

Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button?

Wow….I am with Joe D on this one. The 2008 Dallas Cowboys seem to be in a fiery tail spin after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Wade Phillips will say everything is fine, he sugar coats losses, and Tony Romo will simply say they were outplayed. The only thing that bothers me is that teams have been outplaying the Cowboys for the past 3 weeks now and there is no signs of impending improvment. Terrell Owens has been diminished into a 8 million dollar complimentary player to Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Jason Witten was close to non-existent today. So what’s going on in the heart of Cowboys land? I have no absolute clue. None whatsoever! And thats the scary part. No one seems to know why they can’t perform to thier level. Absolutely no one. Not Tony Romo, not Terrell Owens, not Marion Barber, not Bradie James, not Demarcus Ware, no one. So where are the leaders of this team? Who is getting in people’s faces for sub-par performances everywhere? Anybody, anyone?

Many players on this team are passive by nature. Many players on this team believe that they are men and don’t need to be yelled at or called out on their performances. Thats where they are wrong. The defense played great the first half holding Arizona. The second half came and they turned into swiss cheese. The secondary is horrid and Demarcus Ware always seems to be a step too late. Pacman Jones looked like a 12 year old boy trying to cover a man out there versus Fitzgerald and Brian Stewart would be better off calling a womens softball game than the Cowboys defensive scheme. Tony Romo at times has looked like a 1st year rookie over the past few weeks than the gun slinging burner we all know he is. Jason’s Garrett’s playing calling at times as well has looked overly conservative as well. This Dallas Cowboy team looks absolutely nothing like the team that beat both Cleveland and Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I am scraed to say that what would happen if we played someone actually good like the Broncos or the Chargers. We would get our butts kicked. Sorry to play the pessimist but you can’t blame me for watching 3 quarters of horrid football by a team that was supposed to be built to win now. Jerry Jones must be having many a sleepless nights nowadays.

The game of football is all about execution. Do your assignment and the play will work to perfection. Today Romo was running for his life. The Dallas Cowboys offensive line was completely dominated. I say DOMINATED. The were outplayed physically and emotionally. I think thats where the problem lies. Too many players on this team arent executing. They are not prepared. They are not motivated. So how do we fix this? Didn’t I already ask this question before……… Hey Mr. Phillips, you need to deliver a really good and long ass chewing. I know it isn’t your style. You prefer men to be men but come on Wade. 3 weeks of sloppy football in a row? You need to call out players on their missed assignments. You need to call out the whole offensive line for almost getting Romo killed today and you need to give another ass chewing to your defense and special teams for playing sub-par. Thats another thing, how many of you out there are now wishing Joe Avezanno was still our special teams coach, This Bruce Reed guy absolutley Sucks! The game started with a busted special teams play and ended with one. If I was Jerry Jones I would of fired the guy on the spot. No questions asked. That is unacceptable.

So overall there is alot of blame to go around for today’s loss. Don’t get me wrong people, I LOVE the Cowboys but their play is utterly unacceptable. This team has gone from the juggernauts of the NFL to it’s joke and I for one as a fan and as loyal follower have to stand up and say something. I know it’s harsh but if this team plays to it’s potential, there isn’t anyone in the league that can compare. And I am not saying that just because I love the Boys. Someone in this team has to stand up and demand accountability and no one does. Patrick Crayton tried to play this role after the loss today but he didn’t go into details. Just stating that people on this team need to start being held accountable and that they needed an ass chewing after the way they played. Good start, now follow through. Something you guys havent been doing lately. 

Rex Vs. Romo? You Make The Call!

Hello my name is David. But you can call me Rubini. Yes, I’m the new kid in town.

I would like to officially welcome you to the first installment of my thoughts and predictions on your favorite team.. rather "our" favorite team – "America’s Team", the beloved Dallas Cowboys. Please keep in mind that we all thrive off commentary. I enjoy, welcome and encourage passionate feedback. Positive or negative. Go for it! Voice your opinion and let’s have fun this year! Cool? Alright!!

When it comes to this Sundays match-up between the Cowboys and Bears, there are many uncanny similarities and many major differences between the two quarterbacks. We all must thank heaven and thank our lucky blue and silver stars concerning the latter!

Both QB’s are in their 5th season. Both play in the NFC Conference, and both are the captains driving the ship of a well oiled playoff team with realistic goals to win a Super Bowl this year after a disappointing and anticlimactic 2006-2007 season.

And that’s where the coincidences and similarities sharply appear to die.

Romo is simply a superior quarterback. From what we have seen thus far, Tony seems to have truly "learned" a bit  from last years remarkable (yet heartbreaking) rags to riches to rags melodrama. This year, Romo seems much more poised and in control as he isn’t forcing anything when the offensive line crumbles or when coverage is too tight. He may take a sack, or he may even run and scramble for a gain? But Romo isn’t throwing silly interceptions like his Chicago rival Rex or like Tony himself did towards the end of last season. 

I like the fact too that "Baby Bum" (term of endearment) and Garrett are willing to let Romo "loose" to improvise. Unfortunately, Big Bill last year was the one who felt it absolutely necessary to negate Tony the freedom to run and create. He was putting away the anointing oil when perhaps he should have put in an order for  some more? 

Romo’s a gifted scrambler ala the original Cowboys "Dodger" Roger Staubach. Romo doesn’t ever need to be caged up again as that would only kill his spirit and eventually his effectiveness. Wade and Garrett get Romo. They understand Romo better than I ever could have imagined! Along with Garrett’s new, fresh approach to handling Romo the new poised, "controlled" gunslinger, we should see plenty of all the cool, electrifying, fun stuff that comes so naturally to Tony.

And unlike Rex in either 06′ or now in 07′, Romo again has the command and the respect of his teammates. That’s huge! And once again, Romo has recaptured the rest of the NFL’s respect at large. Rex may have led his Chicago Bears team to the big enchilada last year, but this year there are even more questions than there are answers when it comes to Grossman. The stats speak for themselves.

In Dallas’ last two victories, Romo threw for 531 yds, with 6 TD’s and just one pick and a passing rating ranked 2nd in the league. Grossman on the other hand, has just barely over 300 yds with 3 picks, one lousy touchdown pass, and is sitting on a rating that ranks at nearly the very bottom of all QB’s both in the NFC and the AFC.

Romo should positively give last years NFC champs a major headache up in the Windy City at Soldier Field. 

With a big win against the Bears this Sunday, expect the Romomania bandwagon to get extremely crowded once again. I’ll save you a spot next to the window.
What’s your opinion? Does Rex have a 300 yard game in him to beat The Boys on his home turf? Will Romo shine once again on primetime television and live up to all the growing hype? Let us know your thoughts!

My Prediction:   Cowboys 31    Bears 24