Revising Expectations

It’s a golf cliche’, but it seems appropriate.  You can’t win the golf tournament on Thursday, but you can lose it.  With the Dallas Cowboys starting 0-2, what does this mean for the remainder of the season?  The most naive optimist in the world would say that 14-2 isn’t that bad, but it seems incredibly unrealistic considering how poorly the team has played in the past two games, and considering the teams remaining (Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans, Green Bay, and five tough games against the NFC East).

Many experts believed that the Cowboys would be a 10-6 or 11-5 team in 2010.  I presume many of them would have had the Cowboys starting 2-0 against lessor talent.  So is 8-8 or 9-7 realistic?

If the defense can return to playing well, but the Cowboys drop games to Houston and Minnesota (presuming a win against Tennesee), does Jason Garrett get fired mid-season and who replaces him?  Does Wade Phillips get a pink slip and Garrett assumes to the role of interim head coach?  If the Cowboys lose six straight, where do we possibly go from here?  Blow up the team and hope to regroup in 2 years?

Is there any chance the General Manager gets fired for putting the season in jeopardy by having a completely untested place kicker?

There are too many questions for the fans, and the players are looking for answers from the coaching staff.  We can only hope the coaches have the answers.

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