Tuesday night after the Cowboys played, I went to a sports bar because I was off; the Rangers were playing, and my brother apparently had found a hangout.
While there, I wound up in a short discussion with some Cowboys "fans." I had to break it off because I realized they weren't going to listen to me no matter what I said. That's not going to stop me from getting my feelings off my chest.
They were complaining about how Tony Romo is one of the worst quarterbacks in the league and the Cowboys will never do well as long as they have him.
I tried to explain that his bad night wasn't his fault, but they wouldn't listen.
I tried to explain that the first interception was because Dez Bryant didn't pay attention to the field and tried to run a double move when the Bears blitzed with seven guys. I tried to explain that Romo expected Bryant to break off his route, and due to the nature of a hitch or slant route, Romo needed to throw the ball before Bryant broke, and was caught off guard when he released the ball and Bryant kept going (just like in the Jets game last year).
I tried to explain that the second and third interceptions were tipped balls, and that Romo couldn't be blamed for it. If I had wanted to keep beating my head into a brick wall, I could have explained that Romo HAD to try and force the ball late for those last two interceptions.
Instead, I had to hear them say, "If Romo is so good, why did they pull him out of the game?" I would think that a 24 point deficit with less than 3 minutes to play and a "home" crowd that was cheering for the other team would be some pretty obvious answers.
There's also an article published here on FN about how the Cowboys have some of the worst receivers in the league, and how their offense is terrible because the Cowboys didn't go out and pick up some talented locker room cancer like Terrell Owens.
As I said in my comment there, Miles Austin is a far above average wide receiver, and Kevin Ogletree will likely get poached as a starter when his contract ends. Jason Witten just needed time to practice and get his hands back, and they were fine on Monday night. Dez Bryant has some chemistry issues with Romo, but as long as Romo stops trying to throw him hot reads and expects him to just run the route, everything should be fine.
Grabbing someone who didn't know the offense and would produce more attitude than receptions would have been a huge mistake.
The offensive line looked bad, but they did make an effort in the offseason. Some of the mistakes could be a lack of familiarity. I'm waiting until later in the season to pass judgement.
Yes, Jerry Jones is not the greatest GM in the world. I would love to see him step down and be replaced by an actual GM, or see him hand the reins over to his coach (as I thought he did when the Cowboys used a first round pick on Tyron Smith).
However, he is still better at this than Jeff Ireland, who probably ignores his scouts and has often made questionable trades. I'd rather have Jerry Jones than Gene Smith, who hasn't had a good WR on his team since Jimmy Smith retired.
Yes, Jason Garrett is having growing pains. If we give him time to work and learn from his mistakes, he should bring in another Super Bowl, the way Norv Turner might have if he had stayed.
As bad as the game was, the most embarrassing problem (and the spark that turned a simple recap and analysis after re-watching the game into a rage fueled rant) had nothing to do with the Cowboys.
I grew up watching my dad root for a team that had never even won a playoff game. I watched as he stayed loyal through bad years, and continue to cheer for his team no matter what happened.
I watched as an entire city erupted with joy, my dad among them, when their loyalty finally paid off. Sean Payton, a former Cowboys coach who we let walk, had won a Super Bowl for the "Aints".
My dad stayed loyal for forty years, AND COWBOYS FANS CAN'T EVEN STAY LOYAL FOR ONE GAME!!!
The Cowboys have one of the worst home field advantages in the league. Some experts blame the stadium acoustics, but last night revealed the real reason- the "fans".
After the Lance Briggs pick (I would have called it a fumble), there was no crowd noise. Instead of the "fans" trying to help their team by drawing false starts, or cheering the Cowboys on when they made a big play, I heard cheers when the Bears won a challenge to retain possession. By the time Marshall scored to finish off the game, the roar of the Bears fans was DEAFENING.
Now every team left on the schedule is looking at their trip to Dallas as a free extra home game. Because the "fans" didn't support their team, the Cowboys never had a chance to come back, and if that doesn't change soon, the Cowboys could end the season with a losing record, the kind that fans love to blame on the players.
The worst part is that THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME IT'S HAPPENED. I went to a 2006 Saints-Cowboys game as a teenager with my dad, and I seem to recall seeing more black and gold than silver and blue. At least then the "fans" had the excuse that a lot of New Orleans natives lived here because of Katrina.
I can't call myself a Dallas Cowboys fan, despite the fact that I truly fit the term, because I am surrounded by a city that has no loyalty. Dallas natives claim to be fans, even though they go out and buy jerseys for other teams when they win the Super Bowl.
Enough is enough. Change the culture now, or you'll get stuck with an actually bad team when Jerry blows up the team again to try and make the "fans" happy.
The author is skipping his usual tagline fun because he is still seething at his hometown.