I don’t buy stuff like that. The fact of the matter is that even in the Landry years when 20 straight winning seasons was our magnificent heritage, there were simply seasons where the team wasn’t good enough to go all the way. While on that subject, why has the criteria for pride in the team changed. Back then we were proud of a winning season, even if it didn’t go all the way to glory. Now we’re only happy if the end result is glory. Why is that?
I’ll tell you exactly why it is, because in 1989 a wildcat oilman bought the team and brought in a firecracker coach who rebuilt everything to fit his vision of how the game was played. Charles Haley proved to be the final piece of that championship puzzle. But make no mistake about it, having the players we did mattered more than Jimmy’s presence in Dallas. Championships are about chemistry. If you can’t see that this team is coming together under the Jason Garrett era, with Tony Romo as the leader then you need to either listen to the players, or get your eyes checked.
Is Travis Frederick the Duane Thomas, Tony Dorsett, or Charles Haley of this team’s fortunes? Is he the final piece of the puzzle that puts this team completely together? We all hope so, but let’s be honest for a minute, lots of things can change those fortunes. I will argue until my last quivering breath that in 2007 this team had everything needed for a Championship run. Everything that is except one vital thing, health. In the post season game the New York Giants, a team we had swept in the regular season, sensed that Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn were hobbled. At halftime they adjusted to man coverage and told Tom Coughlin to send everyone after Tony Romo. It worked and we lost. I hate to say it, but that day the Giants cowboyed up.
That has to happen for this team. Guys are going to have to play through pain. We’ve seen that they can. Look at Romo playing through a punctured lung. Look at Ware playing with one dead arm. Look at Jason Witten playing through a ruptured spleen. If you think that hasn’t affected their teammates, think again. Seeing great players sacrifice for the good of a football team causes other players to step up their game. Jason Garrett calls it, Next Man Up. That’s the same as cowboy up.