Cowboys Have Dug Themselves Into an Opportunity

What’s the greatest comeback of all time?  The Drive, the Bills overcoming a 32 point deficit over the Oilers, the Jets comeback win against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football in 2000?  Does it matter?  Each of those games are incredibly memorable because of the circumstances the teams found themselves in.  Certainly you can say there were self inflicted wounds in each game and the teams did not play up to their potential early.

The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a hole.  Their record is 1-4 placing them at near the bottom of the league. They are still the same team that were Super Bowl favorites just over a month ago. They still have aging veterans on the offensive line, they still have a defense that doesn’t cause turnovers, and they are absolutely the same team that consistently is at the “top” of the NFL in penalties.

So what has changed? Their record for one. 0-0 is infinitely better than 1-4. However, in a down NFC where it doesn’t appear any team is going to run and hide (record wise), it should take 8 or 9 wins to make the playoffs.

Any one who doesn’t believe this team is capable of finishing the remainder of the season 7-4 needs to get a prescription for Prozac. It could be asked, “This is a stupid team – why should we believe they can pull it together?”

Here are a few reasons:

Can they play much worse? Seriously? They have shot themselves so many times in the foot, it is amazing they aren’t riding on Rascals on the field. Their average margin of loss is less than a touchdown. Improvements of approximately 10% will turn the tide to winning football. Also, they have an opportunity to get healthy. It isn’t a surprise the o-line has been less than stellar, but both Kosier and Colombo and still recovering from arthroscopic surgery. They may play, but they are not 100%. Free is still in the early stages of learning the left tackle spot, but has been effective when he actually gets out of his stance.

Troy Aikman was interviewed for an NFL Network program regarding the Cowboys loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 1995 NFC championship game. To paraphrase, Aikman said that this game was one he was most proud. Yes the Cowboys lost. Yes they were behind 21-0 before most of the players broke a sweat, and yes most of the wounds were self inflicted. But the team fought back. They never took the lead, but there was no give up in the team.

The 2010 Cowboys have a chance to show if they are willing to fight to save their season. Whether they make the playoffs or not, they have an uneviable opportunity to prove they won’t just pack it in and quit. There is one silver lining if they do quit, it will be easier to know who to cut next year.

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