Bill Parcells is famous for saying, “You are what your record is.” This Dallas Cowboys team is 1-4 and they have played like a 1-4 team. They are most notable for heartbreaking penalties including overzealous touchdown celebrations, turnovers, poor special teams, and compiling yards without points.
Dennis Green would say, “They are who we thought they were.” We all know who this team is, but we were hoping they would change their stripes. Just like a cheating lover or a drunken friend, we hope for the best, but find that the change necessary is simply not there. That change of course, is a change in attitude which leads to a willingness to change for the better.
Of course there are those that will blame the coaches, but there is only so much they can do. Dave Campo isn’t teaching Mike Jenkins to hold on an important 3rd down. Ray Sherman isn’t teaching Miles Austin to stiff arm the cornerback before the ball is even thrown. Jason Witten has been a top tight end in the NFL, but he has struggled with false starts the last few years. The players are responsible for the team’s record.
The general manager is responsible for bringing in smart players. When the Patriots were winning Super Bowls, there was a statistic being repeated in every game. The Patriots had the most college graduates per capita on their team.
I have had a greater affection for certain Cowboys teams more than others throughout the years. Some teams play tough smart football. They played in close games, but they won despite a lack of talent (e.g., 2003 when Quincy Carter lead the Cowboys to a 10-6 record with Parcells roaming the sidelines). This is a team only a mother (or inept GM) could love.