The Final Word From Sunday's Loss

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As soon as the Cowboy game is final, I usually call my brother (who is much more knowledgeable than me, since he reads more blogs and statistics than I do) to talk about what happened to our team. After this game ended, at around 11:54 EST, I slowly dialed his number and had but two words to say to him: “What now?” He had a response that was barely longer: “I just don’t know, bro.” I just don’t know, either, Cowboys fans. What do we do now? This 2011 bunch has found many unique ways to lose games. To quote One.Cool.Customer on Blogging the Boys: “Call it what you want to call it, Closer Mentality, the Will To Win, Swagger, Killer Instinct, Finishing, whatever. The Cowboys don’t have it.”

-It honestly made me shake my head when I saw Giants fans continue to insult Tony Romo after last night. Say what you will about that last throw to Austin (oh, what could’ve been), but our quarterback did play a pretty tremendous game. We can’t really ask for more than a 141.3 passer rating (better than Eli), 4 touchdowns (better than Eli), and no picks (better than Eli). That just proves that those fans aren’t very football savvy.

-Felix Jones did a great job stepping up for Murray, gaining more than 100 yards in his first time getting extensive carries. But how confident to you feel with only him in the backfield? Considering how injury-prone Jones has been over the years, I would love to see Chauncey Washington getting called up from the practice squad. I don’t think they have much of a choice.

-I don’t know how I saved this until here: There aren’t enough words to describe how terrible Rob Ryan’s defense was/is. Has anyone ever played the 1990s PC game Backyard Football? The announcer Chuck Downfield (get it?) says “This defense has more holes in it than my dad’s socks.” It’s silly, I know, but it’s pretty true for our team. The secondary is beaten up and atrocious. The linebackers are really nothing without Lee and Ware. And even DeMarcus was guilty with some silly penalties late in the game. I don’t see how you can continue doing the same thing on defense deep into the 4th quarter when it hasn’t worked all game. Then again, I’m not a high-paid defensive coordinator.

I know I will have some people read this column and say something like “We need to snap out of this funk and focus on Tampa Bay right now since we still have a great shot to make the playoffs!” and I will probably feel like that tomorrow. But, I have to admit, I’m still emotionally exhausted from that game. I hope that the Cowboys can rebound quicker than I can. I hope that they can find their killer instinct for a playoff push.

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