I wish the Dallas Cowboys were the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tony Romo played like Blaine Gabbert. I wish Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 was more like the USC Trojan’s Crappy 2 every week so we would know that it was a mistake to bring Kiffin here. But Kiffin’s D doesn’t play poorly all the time, and when it clicks, it’s a great D.
I wish the Dallas Cowboys stunk because it would make things so much easier. The Cowboys don’t stink though, they just don’t play well on a consistent basis.
Many of you are thinking right now that – No, Artie, they do stink. But that is way too simple.
Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant do not stink. They are, in fact, some of the best players at their respective positions on offense in the NFL. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, not to mention Brandon Carr and Barry Church, don’t stink either. They are some of the best or up and coming best players on this or any defense.
The Cowboys have two former NFL head coaches on Jason Garrett’s staff. That’s three head coaches on the sidelines implementing the schemes. The Tampa 2 has been a tried and true defensive scheme and Garrett’s offensive scheme has, until this year, been very prolific if a little complicated.
On paper, which doesn’t mean s*#t, this team should dominate. Every statistic says the Cowboys should dominate more than they do. More often than not, though, the Cowboys struggle. Romo struggles to make plays. The running backs struggle to get yards and the defense struggles to stop anybody. Michael Irvin tweeted yesterday that he kept waiting for someone to make a play. All these playmakers and no one’s making plays. Garrett still has game management issues – a 56 yard field goal attempt by a 50 yard field goal kicker was a bad call at that down and distance, a complete momentum swing that never swung back to us – and he doesn’t even call plays anymore.
No, the Cowboys don’t stink, but they stunk yesterday, and the irony is not lost on me.