Sep 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett questions official during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Dallas Cowboys defeat the New York Giants by a score of 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

I Wish The Dallas Cowboys Stunk

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.

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  • Michael Vu

    Nice. This piece pretty much sums up the game.

    • Artie C

      I was at the game, Michael. Cowboys jerseys outnumbered Chargers jerseys 2 to 1 easily. Cowboys technically had home field advantage. Even clueless fans were wondering why the 56 yard field goal try. Poor game management. And all of us were thinking that the Cowboys were taking too long to get down the field in that final drive when we needed 2 scores to win. Poor clock management

  • DJ_USMC_Ret

    I have been one of the most loyal and blind supporters of the Cowboys as far as I can remember, at least for the last 40 years. Always defending the my beloved Cowboys no matter what they did. Always the first to come up with a explanation for why they lost or how they go screwed with a paticular play or bounce of the ball. I am so close to throwing in the towel. For years I have spend big money on the NFL Sunday ticket to be able to watch my Cowboys every Sunday nomatter where I lived. I have spent thopusand on my Dallas Cowboys Mancave. I’ve also infected my wife and kids to be loyal blind supporters. What has it gotten me? What have my Cowboys done to continue to deserve this undying loyalty? AT this point I have to say nothing, they seem to want to test the extent of my loyalty. After a game like yesterday I have to question every single person in the Cowboys organization from the owner on down to every player on the practice squad. There never seems to be the passion in the Cowboys anymore, no desire to be the best, no sense of urgency. Every year we get the same exact story. If the Cowboys continue the trend I may have to stop cold turkey. If my Cowboys cant do better I may have to stop watching or supporting my Cowboys. No NFL Sunday Ticket, Sell every piece of Cowboys gear I have, remake my Mancave to and remove any trace of my Dallas COwboys fandome.

    • Artie C

      I’ve been a fan for 35 years, so you got me beat there. I’ve seen wholesale passion go out the window with this team twice – both for long stretches – first was when Staubuck retired. Second when Michael Irvin did. But what can we do? We made our team bed long ago. Btw, thank you for your service

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I have been a loyal Cowboy fan since 1964 and use to jump up and down watching bullet Bob Hayes run past defenders to catch a Don Meredith pass for a long touchdown. Although I suffered through some pretty hard times I could always see light at the end of the tunnel. I never gave up on the Cowboys even after hearing a barrage of negative talk from others. Now I, I have finally given up as I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. There is one constant that has kept and will continue to keep the Cowboys from being contenders and it’s name is Jerry Jones. The only reason I haven’t stopped watching them is because I want to vent my feelings on sites such as this. And don’t think my attitude is because of this loss. I said before the season began that too much is missing for them to be more than an average team. Good article Artie.

      • DJ_USMC_Ret

        It always seems that they play with a sense of entitlement. They play with a sense of entitlement rather than hard work,determination and a win at all cost mentality. The teams that we fielded in the past that were successful had all the intangibles that the current team does not have and hasn’t had for years.

  • ghostofakid

    This game wasn’t hard to figure. First, no pass rush against a makeshift offensive line. Why have linebackers playing zone defense chasing receivers from behind? Hint: The best place to play defense is in the offense’s backfield.

    Second, Look at the play by play. Murray run, pass, pass, punt, repeat. Third and two and try a 20 yard pass? How, about tell the fat guys upfront to blow the other team off the ball and run for the two yards?

    But, in reality it’s the Landry Curse against Jerry Jones. The Ghost of Tom Landry is cursing Jerry Jones for the bush league way he was treated. This will continue until Jerry Jones dies. Every time the Cowboys lose, at least I get the comfort of knowing Jerry Jones is suffering and he deserves it.

  • Lem

    When you win against the bottom feeders, both the fans and the experts think we can win against a middle of the road team, at their house – NOT. Chargers have a better QB in Rivers better RB’s and receivers (with their best receiver out of the game). Patch work Oline, the worst defense in the league, also they definitely have better coaching, out coached by a 1st. timer. Jerry need to rethink the coaching staff, the Boys are better players on paper, but that does not win games. Our best play was a hit on Rivers causing a pick 6, where was the “D” the other 3 QTR’s?

  • Santee Jack

    Cowboys are like the Lions. When they’re good, they’re good; when they’re bad, they’re awful.