Jan 31, 1993; Pasadena, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas (34) fumbles the ball as Dallas Cowboys defensive back Darren Woodson (28) and Kenneth Gant (29) reach for the ball during Super Bowl XXVII a the Rose Bowl. The Cowboys defeated the Bills 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Manny Rubio-US PRESSWIRE

Fixing The Dallas Cowboys Takes More Than Money

We all have the same desire, don’t we? We yearn to see the Dallas Cowboys return to the prominence they once had.  We pray that one season, just once more we’ll see the Doomsday Defense unite with the offense of the 90’s creating a perfect synergy.  We lose our breath every time Tony Romo evades twelve would-be sacks and hits a wide-open Jason Witten.  We almost break the TV every time a snap goes flying over Tony Romo’s head at the beginning of a possession.  Yup, we’ve become one of sports most pathetic characters… Cowboy’s fans.  Yet, no matter how incredible or unbearable it is, you can’t walk away. It’s too addicting.

Sep 13, 1992; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson (28) prior to the game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. FILE PHOTO; Mandatory Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Last season presented us another roller coaster year that ultimately left us heartbroken.  However, guess what? We’re still here. We’re still rooting and following free agency instead of working. Creating our own mock drafts. The bottom line is: WE’RE STILL FANS.

It seems like we all have our own speculation on how to improve the team.  Whether you think it’s drafting a defensive back, rebuilding the defensive line or even replacing Tony Romo, it ranges all over the place.  Despite all the theories that exist, I have a new idea that doesn’t require all this money or philosophy change. In fact, it doesn’t really require much.

You see, champions are made of something intangible, that’s why we can never prove if it’s defense or offense that wins championships.  That intangible trait is nastiness.  When you have a player or players who play viciously you make the game lopsided because you instill fear.  Think of all the past champions we’ve seen: last year’s Giants had a mean defensive line. The year before them the Green Bay Packers had Clay Matthews. And even back to the 1974 Steelers with Mean Joe Green.  Still not convinced? Players like Randy White, Bob Lily, Cliff Harris, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, and Larry Brown headlined the Cowboys glory years.  I know what you’re thinking: “these guys were stars”. But these guys weren’t just stars.  Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman… those are stars. The guys I listed were tough, nasty guys who dominated games, played with intensity, and loved the Dallas Cowboys.

The current Cowboys roster isn’t lacking in talent. They are stocked full of players with incredible potential.  Stars are being born everyday in the NFL as opportunities are presented.  What they lack is a player or two who play with intensity, who play with pride of that star, who instill fear against anyone they play against.  We’ve had a lifelong reputation of blue-collar smash mouth football that has fallen away as of late.  There are signs that a similar regime might be coming back with players like Sean Lee, DeMarco Murray, and Tyron Smith.  While players like DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten are sure fire HOF’ers, they wont last forever and they lack that nastiness.  It’s time we stop trying to buy a championship and time we start developing champions.

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