With 5 of the Cowboys remaining games coming against NFC East rivals, they are definitely still alive in the 2010 playoff race. Many are counting the Cowboys out and looking ahead to the 2011 NFL Draft, but I refuse to do that and it seems that team owner Jerry Jones believes the same.
Jones had a meeting with the team today and wasn’t his normal self. This time, Jones was exactly what the team needed and he came in with a stern approach and message.
“Actually, put up or shut up,” Cowboys Pro-Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. “That’s what I got. ‘You guys, we have everything in place, I made the team sort of what it is right now. Everybody is playing well on this team, the thing is the way that we’re playing sort of like [selfish], undisciplined so we got to find some way to stop being our own Achilles heel and win some games.’ ”
“I think just him being the owner he always expects more,” Ware said. “And we expect more out of ourselves because we’re playing good ball and giving all the effort but we’re getting out there and making stupid penalties and just stupid plays.”
Let us hope that Jerry’s message resonated through the Dallas locker room. With the owner coming in to lay down the law, perhaps players will finally buckle down and start fearing for their job. Hopefully the result will be less bone-headed plays and a Cowboys victory on Monday night.