What’s Wrong with the Dallas Cowboys?
For a sane fan, that seems to be the question of the day. On paper, the Cowboys have more talent than the law allows. Yet in the W/L column 7-3, it’s not standing up. The first loss to the Bucs was understandable. Returning Super Champs defeat a team that went 6-10 last year. But then came the luckless Denver Broncos who absolutely thrashed the Cowboys. The following week Dallas unleased on the Falcons and then went to Kansas City. It is here, all things wrong with the Cowboys were exposed and not in a good way.
I understand the argument of Amari Cooper being out with COVID and Tyron Smith from an ankle injury. That’s it. Two starters are out. But you still have the $47 million dollar duo of Prescott/Elliot. Before I go on, I want to reference the Steelers/Chargers game last night. They have three defensive starters out: T.J. Watt, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Joe Haden and Minkah Fitzpatrick. One can say, with confidence, this is the heart and soul of the Steel Curtain and they would be right. But even with all those great players trying to get healthy, it didn’t stop Cameron Heyward from giving 110% last night. He rose to the call and played his heart out. Hell, when was the last time you saw a lineman chase down a fast, elusive quarterback in the open field from behind? It’s been a long time, but it happened because he didn’t give up. He kept his team in the game.
Dak got his money. Zeke got his and what are the Cowboys getting? Lackluster performances. Dak has had plenty of time to heal from his injury but looks like a damn rookie. Elliot has been as impressive as a wet blanket. Pollard and Schultz are the only ones that are actually doing what they are being paid to do and that’s run and catch. The other two, I don’t have a clue. Even though Smith is still out, are you telling me the Cowboys draft picks for back-ups are all busts? If that’s the case, then stick a knife in the team and call it a day. But I don’t believe that. I don’t see any heart in their play. I see a quarterback not worthy of having the “C” on his jersey. You earn the C and he isn’t. Pollard adds more punch to the offense than the first two.
On the other side of the ball is one of the most talented defenses in the NFL. Well, they could be. Parsons is nothing but a beast. This kid is hungry and is proving it on every snap. Vander Esch is also playing solidly. The front line has been challenged with the pass rush, yet they are improving. The secondary hasn’t been too bad, but could always be better but isn’t that always the case?
So what is wrong? Perhaps it’s the coaching staff. Not a fan of McCarthy since his days at Green Bay, but I’m solid with Kellum and Quinn. They’ve shown their philosophy works when the players execute it properly and when they don’t, you get one in the L column. So, why the inconsistency? Like the Texas Rangers, there is no one stepping up and forcing players to be accountable. I watch a team that is only going through the motions with zero leadership. I saw the same thing with Aaron Rodgers this weekend with their loss to the Vikings. When a play didn’t go Aarons way, he would shake his head, go to the bench and sulk. Pathetic. That’s exactly what I see from Dak and Elliot; no leadership skills at all. Sitting on the bench with a tablet watching past plays is not inspiring your teammates its, isolating from them.
I think back to the greats of Montana, Young, Namath, Unitas, Staubach, Dawson, Griese, Marino, Brocklin and Bradshaw. These men led their teams and when a player didn’t perform, they were in their face and letting them know that if they didn’t start performing, they would get some one who would. This is what the Cowboys are sorely lacking-accountability and leadership from the quote, “star players.” If this doesn’t change and soon, the Cowboys will do good fighting off the resurging Eagles and what would be even worse, if the Redskins, that’s right, I called them the Redskins wind up playing a spoiler and keeping the Boys from the playoffs. If that happens, maybe the Cowboys and Rangers should merge. Perhaps then, they could put together a winning team. Oh, wait. I forgot Jerry Jones runs the Cowboys and Joh Daniels runs the Rangers. Scratch that thought.