Bye By Birdie: Cowboys come out of bye week to play Ravens

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Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett watches players before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The last person who is on notice this Sunday is the man who was hand picked by the owner to right the ship in Dallas. Jason Garrett was offered head coaching money as the offensive coordinator and named the head coach in waiting under Wade Phillips. Then when Garrett was given the head coaching job, the excuse for getting rid of Phillips was that the team showed no life. A year and a half later, since Garrett took the reins, we have seen three straight games where the Cowboys have come out sluggish and uninspired. It is time for Jason Garrett to get the team ready to play. A loss to the Ravens would be bad, but Cowboys fans can live with a loss if it is a hard fought game and not a massacre. If the Cowboys come out the same way they have every game, except the opener, Jerry Jones should not allow Garrett on the team plane and just take a bus home rather than back to the Cowboys football facility.

The Cowboys come out of their bye week into a very intriguing spot. The Ravens are one of the top teams in all of football. The challenge of playing the Ravens in Baltimore may be just what the doctor ordered for the Cowboys. Playing in Baltimore takes the pressure off the Cowboys and protects them from the sounds of despair that would blow the roof off Cowboys Stadium if they start slow. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant get to show they can handle the blitz, better than the last game. Rob Ryan gets to prove his defense can stop a well balanced attack from a formidable foe. Jason Garrett gets to show he can inspire a team to play with vigor and life. The challenge on Sunday allows us in Cowboy Nation to evaluate this team, players and coaches. How the Cowboys respond in Baltimore will give the team a chance to prove they are contenders, not pretenders.

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