Dec 11, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) in action against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Rant Of A Disgruntled Cowboy Fan

As I was watching the maddening loss against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday night, the interview that Bob Costas conducted with Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones at halftime really stood out to me, especially one tidbit in particular: The Dallas Cowboys are 123-124 in the regular season and 1-6 in the postseason since 1997.

Six losing seasons, two 8-8 seasons and only three division titles since their last Super Bowl appearance. Those are shocking numbers for one of the more well-known franchises in all of sports. Many of you have said “blow it up” and “trade everybody” and even I, myself, have written about how the Cowboys need to fall to the bottom before they can rise to championship-caliber again. But as I heard Jones say straight-faced to Costas that if he was not the GM, then he would have fired whoever was by now, I realized that Dallas is cursed to mediocrity until King Jerry figures out he is the only piece of the puzzle that has not been tweaked or replaced.

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Coaches have come and gone, quarterbacks have come and gone, troubled players like Adam “Pacman” Jones, Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant have come and gone from this franchise, but the one constant has been…you guessed it, Jerry Jones. He seems completely apathetic to the whole situation when you hear him asked directly about it, part of me believes he is just being ridiculously stubborn and won’t look in the mirror to face the primary problem that is plaguing the Cowboys. Now, there are other people who will say that it all lies on the players shoulders and that lack of performance can be attributed to those players not playing up to par etc..etc.. and that is of course a valid point, but who leads the players? The head coach. Who appoints the head coach? Jerry Jones.

Of course the players deserve some blame, though. Tony Romo leads the league in interceptions this year (13) after having his best year statistically in 2011, throwing only nine the entire season. The offense has not cracked 30 points yet this season even with the likes of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as weapons, and the running game is non-existent for the third year in a row. So, yes, the players deserve a healthy portion of the blame for this miserable 3-5 start. After losing by a “fingertip” last week, though, it begs the question: Are the Cowboys cursed? These could just be incoherent ramblings of a fan who is fed up with the lack of production, but it really seems that Dallas just has not gotten the breaks that many other teams have gotten in any point of the game.

Tipped passes never find the defenders hands, the Cowboys have one of the lowest percentages of fumble recoveries–balls just seem to bounce away from anybody trying to recover, even when there are three or four Cowboys around it. Just this last game, DeMarcus Ware absolutely planted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan into the ground and the ball squirted free with two Cowboys ready to pounce, but it took a bizarre spin and ended up being recovered by Atlanta, story of the decade for the Cowboys it seems. Sure there were good years, 2007 and 2009 were very solid seasons–one resulting in a first round exit and the other resulting in the only playoff win in seven tries since 1997- where things finally seemed to go in the Cowboys favor, but each year following that it was a crucial injury–or multiple ones– that did the Boys in. In 2008, Romo broke his pinkie against the Cardinals and was out for some crucial games. In 2010, we all remember him snapping his collar bone on national television against the Giants on Monday Night Football, he would be out all year. The injuries were not limited to the quarterback only, though, but they had the most negative impact on the team as a whole.

Even when healthy, though, you never know what you’re going to get when the Cowboys play. It is the true sign of a team and franchise that is chugging along in neutral, no real momentum backwards or forwards. One week. they look spectacular against a Baltimore Ravens squad that is tough to beat at home, they run for the most yards ever allowed by the Ravens and then lose on a missed field goal because of bad play calls. The next week, they go on the road to Carolina and look completely inept and barely squeak out a win. The trend follows suit in penalties, too. One week, only a couple –they are usually crucial ones, though- and then they collapse the following game and commit 15 for 120 yards. The point is, Dallas is a mixed bag right now. It was foolish for anybody to honestly think that the Cowboys were legitimate playoff contenders this year when the body of work just hasn’t supported that claim. They were a win away from claiming the NFC East last year, but they would had already done that if Garrett doesn’t ice his own kicker in Arizona, or if Miles Austin catches a Romo pass for a wide open touchdown to ice the game against the Giants. It really amazes me sometimes the way Dallas finds ways to lose games, or wins but make you feel worse about it because of the pitiful performance put out against an inferior team. Who knows how this season will go, Dallas could win out and go 11-5, or lose out and go 5-11, both seem completely plausible based on the unpredictability of this team.

One thing is for sure, however.

As Bob Costas said at the end of his interview: You can love the Cowboys or hate the Cowboys, but you can’t ignore them.

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  • MCweese

    You call it cursed. Ive been calling it snakebit..same difference. For all the same reasons you mentioned. I knew the Boys were done against Atlanta when Miles dropped that pass in the middle of the field. Right in his hands. HOW DO YOU DO THAT???? But when Scandrick whiffed on that tackle on third down. I feel it pretty much ended our season. That was TOTAL BS. The PI flag last week against the Giants PICKED UP??? WTF!!!!!!!! And then the no call against Julio Jones fro grabbing Clabornes arm on the INT against ATL. WTF……..Snakebit………

  • Frank

    We should all stop complaining because it all falls on deaf ears anyway. Jerry Jones is like a kid who wins a Trophy for ‘participation’ and feels really good about it since you can’t hurt anyones feelings in our society today by telling the truth. How does anyone get better if they don’t embrace failure and deal with it and learn from it?? Jerry believes he does a good job and has given his coaches all they need to win. And I think this will continue for years because you know how much it eats at Jones that Jimmy Johnson gets all the credit for the Super Bowls…and he does deserve it. Lets get to the bottom line, this team is not good enough to win. In crunch time you either focus or fold and this team folds. And, it is funny how Jerry can see this is the only team set up this way, no other successful team operates like this. He just doesn’t get it.

  • DFan

    I have been a Cowboys fan forever. I’ve seen the Tom
    Landry days, now living through the JG days and have lived through everything
    in between. There are many observations to why this team remains nothing but
    average. Though consolidating these views is what brings me to this:

    First the good: There
    is little doubt about this team from a business standpoint and what it has
    become. This credit goes entirely to Jerry Jones. Since buying the team Jerry
    has done many things for the NFL mostly good. The Cowboys are also the most
    widely known, criticized, profitable and successful sports franchise anywhere.
    Like it or not, love them, hate them this is the circus environment that has
    been created. There is also little doubt about Jerry Jones “Business”
    prowess and his desire to be heard, seen and spotlit.

    The Bad: Jerry
    obviously could have handled the takeover better when he purchased the team.
    For example firing Tom Landry and the way it was done was more about making a
    statement then anything. So lets be truthful. Jerry Jones IS NOT A FOOTBALL
    GUY! This does not mean he has a limited interest in football. This means
    instead of becoming a practitioner of the game, living, eating and breathing
    football, Jerry became a business man. Jerry’s first motivation is business.
    The NFL is a business.

    The conflict of
    interest begins when you have a team propelled into a spotlight few can
    imagine, an Owner, President and GM with an insatiable appetite for recognition
    and a franchise that despite limited success since being taken over is still
    able to fill seats and rise to the status of most valuable in all of sports. So
    during the “Good” section the statement was made that “Jerry is
    not a football guy” rather a good business man.

    Jerry has succeed at
    what he does best. The casualty of this success is Jerry Jones has created a
    circus money making machine that has absolutely no “Proper” football
    motivation and at the compromise of “us” the fans expense. What other
    sports franchise has an Owner, President and GM always in the headlines, dismal
    success on the field yet manages to reap rewards of a winning dominating team?
    None! This is the circus. Today the Cowboys lack the basic motivation and why
    not? There is no financial motivation to winning football games. There is
    little thirst or hunger if the freezer is always full. You can shrug your
    shoulders and keep saying “we just have to get better” year after
    year without actually making drastic changes in addition to keep believing that
    you can get it done.

    Root cause of this
    mess of course starts with Jerry. Since Jimmy Johnson, personnel changes from
    players to coaches has gotten Jerry a single playoff win. Why? The answer is
    that Jerry is a “doer” Jimmy Johnson was hired as head coach and
    given the freedom to operate. Reason Jimmy was given this opportunity is
    because Jerry was essentially in training. He trusted Jimmy Johnson and in
    conjunction with Jerry and other staff put together a dynasty. Jimmy was given
    this freedom and the proof of how the “organization was structured”
    THEN is very obvious. Jerry since then has been on a mission to proof he can do
    this, he can win and get out from underneath Jimmy Johnsons shadow. Running football operations is not working
    for Jerry. It’s not for lack of effort,
    he is just a business man.

    Unfortunately for
    fans unless in some miracle Jerry comes to his senses, don’t bet on that one,
    fans will have to wait it out until Son Steve takes over and hope he does not
    possess the same compromising values of ego over football.