It’s really getting harder and harder to write these articles with optimism. Last week I wrote an article about the keys to victory that the Cowboys would need to be successful. For the most part I think they performed well but just did not get it done.
One of the biggest things that was mentioned was if the Cowboys could take the crowd out of the game. Honestly, kudos to the Ravens fan base. The Cowboys went right down the field on their first drive and punched it in and the stadium only seemed to get louder. The impressive thing though was the fact that Dallas still played through the end.
It seems as though the pure lack of fundamentals is what is holding this team back. Missed assignments, excessive penalties, breaking lanes on special teams among other things are huge inexcusable mistakes.
Are these not things that most athletes learn in high school? The line is what mesmerizes me the most. Hard count or silent count or whatever but how hard is it to remember the count or recognize when the ball is snapped? Seems like mental focus just isn’t there.
Lack of fundamentals and excuses is all this team seems to have in the holster. It’s unfortunate that we as a fan base empower them as well.
I give an example. Dez Bryant dropped a critical two point conversion pass that would have tied the game. Huge mistake? Yes, but I didn’t realize that was an excuse to not go out and take care of business. Dallas recovered an onside kick and had a chance once again but it was squandered.
I see these scenarios way too much in Dallas. There’s too much finger-pointing and nobody willing to play the next play. Tony Romo is probably going to throw another interception before seasons end. I didn’t realize that was an excuse for the defense to roll over and play dead. Yeah maybe Dez Bryant might drop another pass, does that mean that we completely give up when there is still time on the clock?
I credit the special teams for the onside recovery. Check that, I commend the hands team for the recovery but after that nobody went out and played the next play. Given the fact that it was a horrible call by Garrett but the pass interference on the previous play was basically a silver platter victory that was squandered.
I agree with Jerry Jones, this is a team that can compete for a championship this season. If the fundamentals are fixed and people quit making excuses then I think many folks are in for a huge surprise mark my words.
Just like when a busted play means you have to go out and play the next play, the same goes for a game a loss only means you have to prepare and play the next game with all you got. Let’s just put this all behind us and go out and get the next one.