Oct 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams (29) defends in the third quarter at M

You Know How This Works: Cowboys Lose Again

You already know the answer. You already know the answer won’t happen anytime soon. You already know there is nothing you can do about it. Accept it. Move on. Get comfortable. Wait.

Sunday was a very big disappointment in that the Cowboys lost another game they had no business losing in the 4th quarter. Coming in, I would have told you the Cowboys were going to lose to a better team, which they did. However, fast forward to the 4th quarter and I would have told you, “How is Dallas not winning by double digits right now?” Then, they mounted a spectacular comeback, to include an onsides kick, and then through a series of ridiculous errors, still lost.

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the field prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

I will leave it to everyone else to tell you the little nuances of what went wrong and how Garrett/Romo/Dez/Bailey/everyone is horrible. I want to talk about that other thing in your head. The “Fire Him” thing.

Fire who? Why? What will that change? Garrett? Okay. How is he any different than Wade? Or Parcells? Campo? Gailey? Answer that question. It seems to me Wade Phillips was too soft. Bill Parcells was too hard/out of touch. Dave Campo was in over his head. Chan Gailey over-thought everything. We have had every type of coach (even a good one) in the past 15 years. What is really different about Garrett? Fire Tony Romo? Okay. What does that solve? Again, best quarterback the Cowboys have had, by far, since Aikman retired. No other quarterback on the market or any development project at the slot Dallas will be picking in the Spring will be half as good. Seriously, give me another player’s name that’s half as good as Romo that is REALISTIC to go get right now. Fire Bailey? Okay. Bailey is by far the best kicker the Cowboys have had in 15 years. Bailey is automatic. Again, give me ONE player half as good that is realistic to get right this second. Fire Dez? Well….. I won’t object to that but tell me how one position solves this problem.

No. NONE of those are the answer. You already know the answer. Jerry Jones is the answer. He is the only constant in the past 17 years of ineptitude and he’s not going anywhere if he can help it (he can). Trust that Garrett is the answer to the problem. Trust that nothing good is going to happen this year, they are re-building this team and that all of it is going to take some time. Trust that you can do NOTHING to stop this process, even if you really, really complain really, really hard. The only one with any power to fix any of the problems you see on this team is Jerry Jones. And he, consequently enough, is the problem. The problem has been blissfully unaware of itself for 17 seasons. Do not expect the problem to suddenly become self-aware because of that “50-point plan for a return to glory” you posted on your Twitter/Facebook page.

I haven’t given up on Garrett yet. I don’t have as much confidence in him as I used to but I’m also not ready to chop him up into little coaching pieces. I think he is working with the sins of the past 17 seasons and he’s doing the best he can to repair them. He’s not blameless, but he’s hardly the problem.

I haven’t given up on Romo as the quarterback for right now but I have given up on the fact that he will win the Cowboys a championship. It is not happening. He will be way too old by the time Garrett has gotten this team back to respectability. Again, this is assuming Garrett can do that. Also, please stop pretending you were not about to give him the All-Grit award for Greatest Comeback EVVVAAR if Bailey made that kick. Just. Stop.

I HAVE given up on Dez being anything close to Michael Irvin or Drew Pearson although that is admittedly a high standard to live up to. If he’s going to be a true “88,” he’ll be the worst of the trio.

Just try to enjoy the ride. Have a little bit of faith even if you have no reason to. Even if it makes you throw up every time you get on the ride, try to enjoy the time you have on it. Why, you say?

Simple. You have no other option or recourse. Welcome to fan hell.

P.S. For those of you who have been living here for the past 17 years and didn’t know it, you’re way past rent. Pay up.

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