Rowdy has spent a lot of energy on his bid to get Jason Garrett fired and replaced by him. The whole issue has been defused somewhat with the Cowboys’ big win over their nemesis, the Philadelphia Eagles. Jerry Jones is, once again, very excited about Garrett being his head coach.
After his rebuke by Jerry, when he first made his pitch to replace Garrett, Rowdy had been complaining to everyone he talks to about Garrett. Rowdy has absolute belief that he can game plan and predict a victory from a pre-game session of Madden Football.
But the win against the Eagles took a lot of air out of his sails. It didn’t even go the way his Madden game did. In that game, they received only one turnover from the Eagles, not three, and there was no kick returned for a touchdown. Although Rowdy is sure there are more losses to come, he is currently in the position of having to take back what he said about how lousy Garrett is.
Despite what Rowdy has been saying, it appears that Garrett does learn from his mistakes, as indicated by the different personnel groupings he used on offense in the Eagles game. Since it wasn’t a home game, Rowdy can’t even point to a pre-game speech by him motivating them to play well and win.
Penalties were still a big issue in that game so Rowdy will, no doubt, continue to harp on that. But he has a new perspective about what has happened to the team up to this point. Maybe it is possible for Garrett to call a good game, but not win, because of mistakes the players make on the field.
After all, can any coach overcome four to six turnovers in a game and still win? Garrett isn’t the one throwing the ball into the defenders hands. Garrett isn’t the one not holding the ball tightly enough to keep it from being punched out. And Garrett isn’t the one letting the ball bounce off his hands into the defenders waiting arms.
But Rowdy must keep his pride intact, so he will concentrate future complaints on Garrett’s inability to motivate the team properly, which is Rowdy’s specialty. If the coach is really doing his job correctly, there would not be so many mistakes by the players caused by lack of concentration, and so many of the Cowboys’ issues this year have been due to that.
There have been numerous false start and encroachment penalties, along with holding calls. There have been numerous catchable passes dropped. There have been many incorrect routes run by receivers and there have been an unacceptable amount of interceptions and fumbles.
But there have been no turnovers by the Cowboys in the last two games and, if that trend continues, one can make the case that Garrett is now getting better focus from the players on his team.
Rowdy is obviously not happy with his role on this team. I guess being the mascot does not carry the same status as being head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. But you know, at some point, you just have to do your job and not worry about everyone else and how they do their job. And good things happen to those that wait.