Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) is checked on by the training staff in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

America's Team Has Lost It's Way

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts on the ground after throwing an interception for a touchdown to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (not pictured) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Cowboys game I watched yesterday was just disgraceful, offensively.  It was, with few exceptions, poorly played, poorly managed, poorly coached, with poor play calling that didn’t match the personnel on the field.  Had Wade Phillips been the head coach, he would be fired by now.  I don’t know why on earth Jason Garrett keeps getting a pass.  At the very least he should be escorted off the field with 3 minutes left to play in games.

The game I watched yesterday was also exciting (in the second half) and it was fun watching Cowboys QB,Tony Romo, abandon the failed ‘spread the ball around’ theory and rely on TE,Jason Witten and WR,Miles Austin – targeting them 38 out of 62 times -  as they (truthfully) are the only play-makers left on the offense.  The fact that Romo and the Cowboys had to revert to this speaks volumes about the state of their offense.  More on that in a moment.

Alas, the Cowboys lost again at home to the Giants in an all too familiar way:  Digging themselves a 1o to 20 point hole in an alarmingly quick mistake-fumble-interception-three stooges filled way, then abandoning the run, again, putting the game in the hands of their seemingly regressing QB, taking off on their ‘A typical’ Romo roller coaster ride.

The oddest thing in retrospect is, with just 1 or 2 less mistakes, we would have won this game due to the uninspired play of the New York Giants offense.  But, no, as we are used to, the Dallas Cowboys have a way of playing to the level of their opponent, unable to take advantage of teams that come out flat.  For all Romo’s INT’s, he and Giant’s QB, Eli Manning’s passer ratings were nearly identical – 58.3 to 58.4 respectively.

Could Cowboys Nation be more embarrassed this morning?

As anyone who’s read my articles knows, I’m a devout Romosapien, a Romo apologist even, but it is hard not to notice, regardless of the reasons, that Romo has taken a step backwards.  After watching Tony struggle to keep his sorry excuse for a receiving corps lined up and running the correct routes over the last 7 games (did you see the play where Romo had to fake a hand off to an imaginary back because the real back broke the other way when the play started?, sad), I’ve come to the conclusion that Tony Romo can not be successful as a gunslinger type passer in this system anymore.  Any chance of cohesive success in the Cowboys passing game, it seems,  left with Laurent Robinson.

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and head coach Jason Garrett reacts to a review in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Cowboys coach, Jason Garrett, has created an offense that is best served by a bus driver/game manager type QB.  For this reason, Romo needs to bench himself and let the more than capable back up QB, Kyle Orton, finish the season, and Garrett needs to let him.  Jason Garrett’s job may depend on it.  Regardless, Romo’s style of play and Garrett’s style of offense can no longer co exist.  The Cowboys simply do not have the personnel to pull it off with Romo at the helm. (It’s not Romo, it’s the rest of the offense and Garrett’s unnecessarily complicated play calling). Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, may have to choose who he likes more.

I’ve sent a tweet to Jerry asking him to do something about this untenable offensive (in more ways than one) situation.  I love my Dallas Cowboys dearly and I know Jerry does too.  I also appealed to Jerry’s business sense, noting that this team, as currently assembled and coached, is not a team Cowboys Nation will keep paying to see.  I hope, for the Dallas Cowboys sake and with the title of ‘America’s Team’ at stake,  I’m now speaking Jerry’s language.

Points and Observations:

-I think Jason Garrett is going to be a great coach some day.  Right now he is learning how to be a coach, but he is doing it on Tony Romo’s, Jason Witten’s and DeMarcus Ware’s precious time.  Time is running out.

-Jason Witten, Tony Romo and maybe Miles Austin set or broke various records and milestones in yesterday’s game.

-Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins need to be traded

-Heck, so does Romo. The Cowboys are wasting his prime and it’s time to start rebuilding anyway.

-What does Cowboys Nation have to look forward to in Atlanta next week?

-Say what you want (like I do) but Rob Ryan has got this defense playing good. DeMarcus Ware is not the force I’d hoped he’d be so far, but everyone else is playing better than I thought they would.  Ryan’s ability, so far, to adjust to key injuries has been nothing short of miracle work territory.

-Jerry Jones likes to make a splash. I hope he shocks everyone with a blockbuster trade or 3 before the deadline.

-Artie Cappello

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  • californy

    You sound like me Artie in your belief, I too am tired of making excuses for Romo, but at the same time you forgot to metion a couple of things, The Cowboys penalties are down, but at the same time the Running games is also down Felix 13 carries for 19 yards and Romo hits are up. I dont have actual figure but according to the sportcaster on NBC Romo had like 16 hits with about 6 minutes left in the game. I feel pretty sure he had 5 more minimum after that. For ever 3 times Romo get hit 1 time, in other words Romo got hit 33 percent of the time he took a snap. My guess is Romo is pressing because of his stat. I think it is time JG & JJ hire a consultant to see what going on with the Cowboy offense and Romo. I think someone like Danny White,, Dan Reeves, Rian Billick or John Gruden would do. It apparent that people have figure out JG offense and Romo in this offense is very transparrent. It make me wonder whether it was Romo broken play in the Red zone that got him the TD or was it JG brilliant play calling that got the score. It is my belief despite Romo high turn over rate, he is still the best player to lead the Cowboys. I dont feel the same about Jason Garrett at the helm and his decision to play Felix,& Ogletree. I would demote Dez to part time WR and make him the 3rd wr and start playing Beasley at the Dez spot. Felix and Ogletree have been non existant in this team offense, it time to move on.

  • californy

    Despite RR losing his best player in Sean Lee, and Ware Dissapearing in the game and the lost of Connor, Barry Church, the Cowboys held the Giants to 101 rushing yartds and The Giants to 192 passing yards. This is without a pass rush also. RR is getting the job done, Jason Garrret is not,

  • onthespot

    If the cowboys win at Atlanta then coaches and player heads must roll…this will validate the lack of mental discipline…up one week down the other…The boys needed to win the Giants game at all costs…now if they go into ATL and all the sudden decide to wake up…they all have head up ass…..Felix Jones is a under performing over rated N. Dame player. How Garrett can allow Felix to return kick offs ever…is unbelievable…3rd and 1 late in the game with plenty of time on the clock and a go for broke play is called and not executed…then no first down…Garrett should fire himself for the sake of the team…

    I live in the Bay Area and have watched a crappy 9ers team hire coach Harbaugh. Then just with attitude and proper coaching the team is now considered one of the best…you figure it out. Jerry Jones and Al Davis are cut from the same cloth. Until Davis did the Bay Area new it was going nowhere…the same with Jerry…

    The Dallas product has been tainted beyond repair…

  • Jerry”s World

    Carr,Carter,Claiborne Studs & Garrett & Romo outta Here,Rob New Coach! P.S. bye Flelix da Turtle.

  • bwall

    They have lost their way because of TURNOVERS. Romo as 13 interceptions in 7 games, that is on pace for a MINIMUM of 18. That is trully emabrrassing for a veteran quarterback. Andrew Luck and RG3 do not have that COMBINED. Trullu pathetic

    • disappointed fan

      It’s not completely Romo’s fault. I’m not a fan of his but it seems no one is held accountable. What the Cowboys need is a disciplinarian as a Head Coach. Head strong Coaches would not put of with the mental mistakes the Cowboys keep making. Your right, it is pathetic….everyone is pathetic and it starts at the top. If Jerry Jones is more interested in puting a Victoria Secrets boutique in the stadium, then maybe it’s time to give the rains to someone else.

      • Artie C

        I agree with both of you. Consider, though, that Bill parcells was a disciplinarian and he struggled with mental mistakes and penalties when he coached here – may have led to his quiting – that being said, to use a household metephor, I think it’s too late to try and clean and polish the furniture in this house. time to change out the furniture

  • bggii75

    I’m not a Romo fan so Im not blindly defending him but the guys out there with no O-Line protection and receivers who can’t run plays and a Coach who calls some amateur plays not worthy of Middle school coaches.
    You have a Quarterback out there who has to throw the ball to guys who are not coached and so the receivers are not running plays theyre just running and he gets chased, sacked knocked down more than any other QB that I know of.

    Dallas has the talent to easily make the playoffs but they arent coached correctly.

    Jason Garrett is the reason for this debacle. When the Cowboys were failing at the end of the game I see shots of Garrett smiling on the sidelines. I’ve seen this before and Ive seen him act like all is well after a defeat. I think hes not all there in some strange way but he definitely cannot Coach in the NFL.

    Hes been the Rookie Coach for 2 years now. And hes in the way of success.