This week the punishment phase of the post season is in full swing. Everyone is ready to fire the Head Coach. Not me though. I don’t want to be like the Raiders where we never allow a team to develop. On top of that, and this is going to piss some people off, I like what I saw of this team in 2012. I see a team building into a contender because they didn’t make excuses, they bought into the “next man up” and “right kind of guy” mantras and they fought each and every game this season.
Want to hear an alarming stat? The Dallas Cowboys were behind in every single football game they played this year at one time or another. I am going to be honest with you. That is very hard to do. Granted we played an incredibly tough schedule early in the season, but it got easier in the last half. We still trailed in every game at one point or another.
That means we had to come from behind for all eight wins. Some of it happened earlier in games than the 4th quarter, but this team still had to fight back. The guy who brought them back the most is the guy taking the hardest pounding this week, Tony Romo.
A friend of mine went to the barber on Friday and reported a host of negatives the barber was saying about Tony Romo while he was waiting for his haircut. Let me just say this in defense of the Cowboys Quarterback. Until the Redskins Defense was on him and he lobbed that last interception I was sure he was going to win the game. I really was. He’s done it time and time again and late in this season especially. Alas, it was not meant to be. Fans want him punished for the pick. I call cracked ribs punishment enough.
No doubt about it, if you tell me the OL wasn’t good enough I am going to agree. They weren’t all season. They just weren’t ever healthy. Three different players started at Center for us this year and two guys practiced in case they couldn’t go. The injuries on Defense were unreal. In my forty two years as an avid, rabid fan of the Dallas Cowboys I have never seen anything like the injuries we suffered this year.