This one really hurts… I guess it was right around the end of the first half when I realized that the Cowboys were heading toward their second loss of the season. How else could you explain the lackadaisical effort by Romo and company after the 2:00 warning in the first half? Rather than padding the score, they opted to run out the clock. It wasn’t hard to see the writing on the wall after that.
I warned all of you in last weeks recap that the victory over the Panthers was nothing to get excited about. So what… the Cowboys can beat the worst teams in the league… big deal. When is the last time this team won a big game against a tough opponent?
The fact of the matter is that the Cowboys, despite all their overpriced talent, are as mediocre a team as there is in the NFL.
We hail our quarterback as a star, but what lofty heights has he achieved to deserve such high praise?
Romo is an enigma. He is erratic and inconsistent and crumbles under pressure like a saltine cracker. You can blame the O-line if you want and continue to make excuses for him so you can feel better, but the truth is that outside of the Dallas – Forth Worth area, Romo has become the poster boy for the most overrated player in the NFL. He is no longer the promising warrior that was a product of the Bill Parcells offense. Jason Garrett should get most of the blame for his demise.
You can expect a win next week against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs who are still winless at 0-4. Maybe… But even if the Cowboys should prevail it will prove nothing more than the fact that the only teams the Cowboys could beat these days are the ones residing at the bottom of the barrel.
I’m not going to say the Cowboys miss T.O. because he was in fact a pariah, but I will say that you don’t let someone like him go and then sit on your hands and blow smoke up our ass about how Roy Williams will make us forget him.
Just because you blew up the 2009 Draft to get RW, and just because you paid him like a number one receiver, it doesn’t exactly make him a number one receiver. The fact is, I’d take Crayton over Williams any day. Did Jerry Jones really believe that Roy Williams could replace the 3,600 yards and 38 touchdowns that Owens delivered in his three seasons in Dallas?
Hey Jerry, maybe it’s time you step a side and hire a real football man as the general manager. You got away with playing GM thanks to having Jimmie Johnson and Barry Switzer to guide you, but since they left all you’ve really been good at is signing paychecks. You’re way out of your league.
Last night’s loss was all on the offense. Don’t blame the defense for allowing that final Denver back-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter. Thanks to an offense that was so inept, our defenders were worn out and winded in the thin air of Colorado. It never should have come to that anyway. The “Romo and Garrett” led offense let far too many opportunities slip away.
It’s a shame that average fans like us can figure out that the Cowboys are built for grinding it out with the running game and yet Garrett is clueless on that fact. We have three tremendous and gifted weapons that can each pound the ball and confound opposing defenses to no end. Rather than using Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones (when healthy) to control the clock and the pace of the game, the Cowboys always seem to revert to an air attack that is futile and ineffective to say the least.
Roy Williams took a swipe at Romo when he said,
“It wasn’t tough for us to get open. It ain’t never tough for us to get open.”
In other words he was accusing Romo of throwing to the wrong target or when he did hit the right receiver, the ball was overthrown or way off target. Williams is right, and if he’s saying it out loud for all to hear, it doesn’t say much for Romo’s leadership or grasp of the situation.
Even tightend Martellus Bennett threw Romo under the bus when he said the following about the Cowboys defense,
“Those guys busted their tales the whole game. For us to be on the field and be in that situation like that is really unfair.”
What Marty B was referring to was Romo’s consecutive drives lasting 1:28 and 1:43 in the fourth quarter, which caused a depleted defense to take the field both times. The Broncos ended up scoring the game-tying field goal and the game-winning touchdown on the two possessions following the two 3 and outs.
As far as bright spots go, Marion Barber scored the only touchdown, and Keith Brooking continues to shine on defense.
The Cowboys have been a .500 team (12-12) since the last month of the 2007 season. Wow… There’s all the proof you need.
They are now 2-2 and of the remaining 12 games of the season, the last five games are against New York, New Orleans, Washington, San Diego and Philadelphia. The way I see it, the Cowboys need nine wins to earn a playoff berth. That means they have to win 7 of the remaining 12 games.
Fasten your seatbelt, this could get even uglier.