Noon games always create a difficult situation for me. With my articles posting at three, it is often too early for a recap, but way too late for a preview. There is also always the chance that anything I have written has been made pointless by the events of this weeks game.
I have come to the conclusion that the Dallas Cowboys are the unruly teenagers of the NFL. You tell them something can’t be done, like say…beating the defending superbowl champs in their own house, and they will find a way to make it happen. They will accomplish the task against all odds, seemingly in defiance of everyone telling them what they can or can’t do.
You ask them to do something simple, like say…defeat a team that we clearly out match and with home field advantage, they will turn in the most lackluster attempt at professional you have ever witnessed. Much like if you had asked a teenager to clean the garage, take out the trash, or do the dishes. It’s almost as if you are asking the Cowboys to do something they don’t want to, and they are going to make sure you know it.
More realistically, this is an issue of pressure. You tell them they don’t have a chance, and no pressure equals a win. Have them picked unanimously to win, and that pressure equals complete disaster. I feel the bulk of this team’s issue come from this, although fixing it is not as easy as identifying the problem.
Another thing that I’ve noticed from the last two games is a significant reduction in penalties. Unfortunately, that also came with a significant reduction in aggressiveness and intensity. We have to find some middle ground here. I’m all for limiting penalties, but not if it leads to an even more lethargic performance. Is it possible that focusing on individual discipline has caused the Cowboys to almost…play nervous?
Finally, in defense of my last article…
People who commented acted as though I was saying that no fan ever had the right to question the Cowboys organization. That no fan should ever feel angry, frustrated, or dissapointed at the state of the current season and performances from game to game. Let me be clear, in that I was simply talking about loyalty. Do we as fans have a right to be frustrated or even angry at our team’s performance? Absolutely. I would be lying if I claimed I never felt angry over the last several years. The point is that you stand behind them regardless. You don’t give up and jump on another team’s bandwagon regardless of how frustrated you might feel.
The Cowboy’s ARE the unruly teenagers of the NFL, but no matter how frustrated I might get, no matter how angry they might make me…I still love them, and I always will.