Jul 23, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo (9) during training camp drills at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

Why Cowboys Fans Should Quit Watching ESPN


Last month I wrote an article about The Mothership in regards to a column they put out ranking each NFL team based off the future.  In case you missed it, here is a link to what I wrote (http://thelandryhat.com/2013/06/23/the-future-of-the-dallas-cowboys-is/).

Since that time, there have been a couple other pieces either on the website or on their television programs that have pushed me over the edge.  Before I get any further, I have to admit that I am already at a breaking point when it comes to the Cowboys.  I can brush off your average every day blow hard that hates the Cowboys for whatever misguided reason and has no facts or logic to back it up.  I can even handle the snide remarks and cheap comedic attempts that most media outlets make regarding this team because again, it is low-hanging fruit and regurgitated material.  The two things that I cannot stomach however are Cowboys “fans” on social media or inside inner circles who bash specific players (see: Romo, Tony) and blame them for everything wrong with the franchise and mainstream, supposed top quality media types such as ESPN who go out of their way to disparage this team.

Outside of those directly effected within the organization, you would be hard pressed to find someone more than me who is more fed up with the constant mediocrity that has plagued the Cowboys over the last 15 years.  Maybe that is why I am sensitive to the negativity that is spewed towards my franchise.  I do not think I am being overly unfair when I say that the thoughts and opinions being projected have to be at least partially based on negative bias.

We’ll start with Ron Jaworski and his quarterback rankings.  He says he broke down every single pass thrown in 2012 to come up with his best quarterbacks going into 2013.  The usual suspects (Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc.) are on top as you would imagine.  The “young guns” (Luck, Kaepernick, Wilson and RGIII) show up in spots 10-13 but where is our overly scrutinized and oft criticized Tony Romo?  15th.  Exactly average and below other quarterbacks such as Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler.  I honestly do not know if this is a joke or the ultimate slap in the face.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

You cannot go solely off of last year and put any one of those four over Romo.  Romo’s stats blow them all away and fairly, statistics are all you can really by when speaking of an individual.  If you want to put all of the success of the team on one position, we can have that conversation too.  Of those four quarterbacks, only one (Schaub) qualified for the post-season.  That same QB won his first and only playoff game of his career to equal… Tony Romo.  Romo beat Roethlisberger head to head and tied with Eli.  He lost head to head to Cutler but again, look at the numbers head to head and it’s not even close.

Personally, if we are talking about solely the 2013 season, the only signal callers I would put ahead of Romo are Rodgers, Brady, Peyton Manning, Flacco and Brees.  You could probably talk me into Kaepernick and Wilson because their questionable traits are nit-picking.  Any body else, no way.  Luck?  Too many interceptions.  RGIII?  How’s the knee?  Matt Ryan?  He’s equal to Romo in stature but not stats.  Eli?  Please.  Romo should be no worse than eighth.  Fifteenth is a joke.

The next shovel load of crap from ESPN can be found in their organizational rankings based off of the talent under the age of 25 each team possesses.  Where will you find the Cowboys on this list?  17th.  Again, right in the middle of the pack.  Do you see the underlying theme yet?  Because Dallas has been 8-8 two straight years, that must mean we are simply average in every way.  Blanket statement.  Simple Simon philosophy.

Who are some teams they have ranked higher than Dallas?  The Packers ranked fifth based largely off of two players, WR Randall Cobb (more on him later) and CB Casey Hayward.  New England is ranked 9th (this was already discussed in the linked story above).  The Jets were ranked 11th… I’ll wait for you to catch your breath from laughing so hard…

The Giants and Texans were ranked just above Dallas at 15th and 16th respectively based off of three guys.  For New York, Hakeem Nicks and Jason Pierre-Paul and for Houston, J.J. Watt.  So one or two guys is all it takes huh?  I guess Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Morris Claiborne, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, Dan Bailey and Travis Frederick are all not enough.  Again, removing bias, Dallas should be above all of those teams I listed which would have them just outside the top 10, a much more respectable position then seventeenth.

The final straw that broke this camel’s back however was Mel Kiper’s piece on Wednesday.  Keeping along with “under 25″ theme, Mel rated his top 25 players under the age of 25.  Only one Cowboy player made the list.  I suppose that might be fair, although I would definitely say two should have made it but where this Cowboy finished is what did it for me.  Dez Bryant was ranked…. NINETEENTH! Think about that one for a minute.  Bryant has almost 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in only three years of work.  Last year, Dez had five 100+ yard receiving games and four multi-touchdown games.  He had two other games of 95 yards and 98 yards receiving.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) in the second quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bryant is not only barely in the top 20, he’s being considered the third best WR under 25 behind Julio Jones and… Randall Cobb?  Choosing between Julio and Dez is like arguing over your favorite ice cream flavor.  Seriously, it’s ice cream, it’s just really good, no matter what flavor you choose.

But Cobb, you have got to be joking right?  Cobb’s career totals of 1,329 yards and 9 touchdowns are not as good as Bryant’s 2012 season (1,382 & 12).  Cobb has only had three 100+ yard games and two multi-touchdown games.  Not only does Dez dominate him statistically, physically Dez is also far superior.  While Cobb is best suited as a slot receiver, Dez can line up anywhere and is your beast in the mold of Calvin Johnson.  Dez has been nicked up but unlike a lot of other guys, not only does he play through injuries but also he produces big numbers.

I mentioned that I thought another Cowboy should have been on this list.  That would be Tyron Smith, who has 31 starts in his career and will have another 16 under his belt all before he turns 23.  He has played right tackle and left tackle and is by far and away, the best lineman on his team.  If Maurkice Pouncey and Anthony Davis, both of whom will be two years older than Smith by the middle of the season, made this list than Smith should have as well.

All this has worked my last nerve with ESPN.  I will certainly no longer be using them for any football purposes outside of their fantasy league and that is only because I am already involved in it.  ESPN has lost all of its credibility with me in regards to football coverage.  I strongly suggest that you find another media outlet to obtain your football knowledge as well.

Tags: Bruce Carter Dallas Cowboys Dan Bailey DeMarco Murray Dez Bryant Morris Claiborne Tony Romo Travis Frederick Tyron Smith

  • Old Frog

    Right or wrong, Romo has the perception of throwing more game losing interceptions in the 4th quarter than the “elite” QBs. Any other result, be it incomplete, out of bounds, or a sack and I think he would rank higher on everyone’s list.

    • Daboyz

      The funny thing about this perception is Romo is one of the highest rated QB’s in the 4 qtr.

      • ctcowboy1968

        I agree with all three of the above writers. Unfortunately, Tony throws the most inopportune INTs that everyone remembers.

    • Brandon88

      If you do some research Romo was the highest rated QB in the whole NFL last year..Also he has had more game winning drives than game losing drives. People will always hate on the cowboys…

  • Richard

    Let’s not forget that Tom Landry was shafted in the all-time greatest coaching rankings. Eighth? Really? The man who invented the 4-3 (that Lombardi stole from him), the multiple formation offense, the shotgun, the screen pass, exotic plays, flex defense, revolutionized how coaches scouted and drafted players, 20 consecutive winning seasons? Really ESPN?

  • John

    Ha! I, too, have had my fill of cutsey-pie, metrosexual communications grads reading Vince Vaughn quotes off the teleprompter. I quit ESPN years ago and get my content straight from the web. I’m happier for it.

  • Daboyz

    Its really nice to finally find a writer who actually speaks the truth and who sounds like has done their research

  • Keith Ranson

    BECAUSE THEY ARE BIASED HATERS,THAT’S WHY!

  • Javier Deleon

    Finally!
    I have never liked espn for the very reason you’ve mentioned. Unfortunately nfl network is not far behind espn in their bias towards my Cowboys.
    This year we’ll show all of them.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    When you are at the top in popularity you are an easy target. I don’t put much stock into what they say.

  • lostar2009

    Tyrone plz stop sounding like a butt hurt cowboys fan !!!! I mean good grief, jaws look at the qb play over the course of the year not stats !!!
    After a while a qb has to earn his rank and stripes not appointment him bc he play for the cowboys!!!! This is getting real pitiful. I have seen cowboys fans who put this clown over Aikman and Roger. .. I just shake my head at you guys.

  • jayhwk01

    Lets give them a real reason to hate us even more. How about being the dominant, flashy, Super Bowl winning team that we used to be. Miss those days badly.

  • Richard Yancey

    the only way to stop this is to WIN!!!!

  • Juanito Juanito

    is the price that you have to paid when you have an GM dumb, who dont help is team improving is lines, offense and defense, so dont blame espn

    • Ken Menees

      maybe you should check your Spelling before you speak of others being dumb……..

  • #DCstands4

    To be honest, I don’t think I’ve watch ESPN (football coverage wise) since NFLN has been RE-invented….

  • DC

    You are absolutely correct…just keep doing what you are doing in Dallas. Keep drinking the Cowboy Kool-aid and have a happy day thinking about your last super bowl win…that was what…18 years ago right?

    • Ken Menees

      and you Still havent caught up! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

  • treyd26

    I agree with Romo should be rated higher but Eli/Big Ben are better when it matters the most. There should be no denying or arguing over them being better asthey both have more Superbowls than Romo has playoff wins. Romo blew his best SB chance against Eli in 07. These other stats/rankings are meaningless most of the criticism of the Dallas Cowboys/Jerry Jones are accurate, until they shut up the critics. Jimmy Johnson used to be called out in the Dallas news until he shut them up.

  • ctcowboy1968

    First, everyone at ESPN is a Cowboy hater. They hated the Cowboys when they played and they still do. Frankly, when the ESPN and NFLN guys were players, they couldn’t beat the Cowboys. Hatred is still in their blood. Also, hatin on the Cowboys is an easy sell. That’s all these talking heads are… salesmen. The more a$$holes that dig what they say, the more people that watch the network and the more the network can charge for advertising time. It’s all about the business.
    Mel Kipper is a moron. If you play fantasy, never take his advice because he never is correct. Jaws’ poll is a what have you done for me lately. What do you expect from an ex-Iggles QB?
    Cobb isn’t in Dez’s league. Dez is a top 5 WR in this league. Cobb isn’t even in the discussion. He wasn’t even a starter on his own team last year.
    A lot of the Cowboy’s young talent is handicapped due to their partial seasons.
    The only way to shut everyone up is to win.

  • Sam Lane

    Talk is cheap until the Cowboys prove they can win, when it counts. Stats and facts mean little, when it is not backed up with action and deed in playoff games for all the marbles. No playoffs, give the haters and worthless carnival barkers more fuel to feed the flames.