As I write this article, I continually think of the Dallas Cowboys as an onion. It’s not because they stink, because I think they have figured a few things out and are a little better off now than they were a few weeks ago. I compare them to an onion because of the many layers each one has. You peel and peel and you continue to find more and more. That pretty much sums up the 2012 season for the Dallas Cowboys. Let me explain.
The season started off with a bang. Dallas went up to New York and handed the defending Super Bowl champions a loss. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon and proclaimed at the top of their lungs, “It’s our year.” Then they got humbled the following week in Seattle. Layer removed and we all stood around scratching our heads.
Things started turning around with a win against Tampa Bay and then again Dallas and their fan base were humbled on a Monday night contest against the Chicago Bears. Again a layer was removed and we were all struck dumbfounded.
As Dallas began to scratch and claw their way back out of the dumps a key piece of the Cowboys’ offense, DeMarco Murray, hurt his foot in Baltimore and wasn’t able to get back on the field until week 13 against Philadelphia. The injury-bug layer had officially been peeled and again no one had a decent idea of what to think.
One of the most heart-breaking layers was peeled last week when defensive tackle Josh Brent was booked for intoxicated manslaughter and practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown is no longer with us because of it. Not only were the fans shocked, but less than 24 hours following the incident the Cowboys had to play in Cincinnati. They showed true grit and fought to a 20-19 victory. As players toted Brown’s jersey across the field after the victory I believe another layer was uncovered. We finally saw unity and brotherhood on the roster. We may not see the best looking football out of Dallas in the remaining games this season, but one thing you will not be able to miss is their heart.
At times, in recent years, I have questioned the heart of this team. I cannot question this year’s squad any longer. I’ve never had to go through something as difficult as they have had to endure this past week so I can only imagine the amount of courage it took to push on. It’s sad it took a tragedy, like the passing of Brown, to get to this level of unity, but it’s here and no matter what comes their way in the coming weeks, player will be playing for player, and brother for brother.
So strap it on Cowboys Nation and get ready for the best three week from a team that’s been to hell and back. It may not be pretty, but a team with this kind of motivation rarely fails.