Time for the Dallas Cowboys To Cowboy Up

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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.


June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • 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!