Time for the Dallas Cowboys To Cowboy Up

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Training Camp is upon the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. Because of that excitement is in the air. So are the same tired old stories and theories of why this team has been such a hard luck team. Prepare to hear every reporter repeat the mantra of one playoff win in 16 years, or 2 wins in 17 years if they actually don’t cherry pick and count 1996. No matter which figure they do use, or if they make up some other one because they can’t quite remember how many years it has been, one fact from the last 17 years remains true. It is time for the Cowboys to Cowboy Up.

The phrase comes from the sport of rodeo originally. It is used when a cowboy draws a particularly hard ride. One that potentially could either put him in the money or the hospital. Or it means riding through an injury rather than letting a chance to rest and heal occur. If you see a battered cowboy on the back of a bull or bronc they will say he is cowboying up. The phrase works just as good for this football team. They really need to Cowboy Up.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys rhead coach Jason Garrett during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Until they do that very little is going to change surrounding the analysis of this team. I’ve heard that they are too stupid to win when it counts. I’ve heard they are jinxed because around 1996 they switched from Crazy Ray to Rowdy as a mascot. I’ve heard the General Manager is the only constant throughout this entire drought. Is that entirely true? No, but that doesn’t matter when the pitchforks and torches are raised high.

Let’s get this out of the way right now. In 1996 that team was the defending Super Bowl Champions. Larry Allen was in his prime, but a car wreck slowed down the amazing career of Erik Williams. Charles Haley’s back was in tatters. Jay Novacek’s fabulous career was coming to an end. In other words, key pieces of 3 championships were not up to their Super Bowl caliber selves. That team still had 4 Hall of Fame players, and a 5th if you think Haley is eventually going to get in. They were too stupid? Troy Aikman forgot how to lead them?

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  • HOLadd1


  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Mike, were you a cheerleader in high school or college? And yes, we have all heard all of this before. When a team becomes quiet rather than repeating what has been said over and over in the past that’s when I will become excited. Fans will cheer when they have something to cheer about.

  • B

    Nice article, well put.

    I for one am encouraged and optimistic about this team and the direction it is heading. The youth, well mixed with veterans that have performed well, year in/out. Doing away with high priced, over rated veterans. I hope the next draft addresses the Oline again, early, the Dline and QB successor to Romo.

    I hope Jerry does leave Garrett alone. One thing you see from successful teams and not successful teams is continuity with the coaches and coaching staff. How many head coaches has Dallas had in the past 16, years? Atlanta, Pittsburg, NYG, etc have had 1 coach. Even Cinncinnati has stuck with their coach and it is paying off. Contenders have to be built and they can’t be built well when the blue prints change every two years. Go Boy’s!

  • Kevin

    Too bad you’re not telling the truth about watching Lilly throw his helmet after Super Bowl V, since it was only showed on NFL Films much later.. but thanks for trying.

  • FanInHawaii

    The key factors to this season is health, offensive line, defensive line & most of all turnovers. What’s frustrating is they seem to have the superstar cast (Ware, Spencer, Lee, Carter, Claiborne, Carr, Dez, Austin, Romo, Witten, Murray, Tyron Smith) but the base isn’t there.
    We saw first hand last year how crucial injuries are deal breakers.
    Bottom line, barring the uncontrollable injuries, If our offensive line can consistantly open up holes for Murray it will create a domino effect which opens up the pass, which makes the offense virtually impossible to stop.
    The Defensive line needs to plug the holes so the linebackers can shut the run down. D line also needs to pressure the qb into forcing ill-advised throws.
    I don’t know why, but turnovers are the most underrated factor. All championship teams won the turnover battle.
    Cowboy up offensive and defensive lines and get sum turnovers while ur at it!