Wow. The Cowboys failed. Again. Back to .500. Fade to black. 30-21. Against a team going in ranked 31st in total defense. Wow. Really? Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Nation: Don't Blame Romo and The Devil Wears 88

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The Cowboys failed. Again. Back to .500. Fade to black.

30-21. Against a team going in ranked 31st in total defense. Wow.


He Hate Me

I’m going to fire this out: Do not blame Tony Romo. Don’t do it. This is far from his fault. No, your quarterback has not gone over 300 yards a game this season. That’s a good thing. No, your quarterback isn’t plowing the NFL with huge highlight plays. That’s a good thing.

This is what you want. You don’t want to wager only on Tony Romo. The team shouldn’t have to. Cue the hype. Name drop. Find.

When Romo blasts the stat sheets he is vulnerable to make mistakes. Ready for blame. Ready for hate.

When Romo doesn’t blast the stat sheets and becomes a quarterback manager — it’s a mistake. Cue the blame. Cue the hate mail.

Just stop.

Your quarterback has a rating of 105.0, eight touchdowns to one interception (Blame WR Terrance Williams for that), and owns a 72.4 completion percentage. Oh, in the two losses his quarterback rating sits nicely at 103.5.

Email him some hate but be warned, it will go straight to junk mail.

Allowing 88 to be a 88

Let’s flash back. The San Diego Chargers sat at 31st in total defense. 31st! Here’s some healthy perspective: there are 32 teams.

Why in the world didn’t the Cowboys exploit this? Why? You’d think Dez Bryant would have a monstrous day. You’d think play caller Bill Callahan would target Bryant more than nine times. You’d think. Right?

Well, no.

Not to take anything away from Bryant, but six receptions, 81 yards, along with two touchdowns is modest for a Dez Bryant. Dez Bryant was in for a cash day. Dez Bryant was in place to double all three of the numbers listed above (not joking).

On September 29th, at a theater near you, Dez Bryant was going to turn into Dez Bryant.

Yeah. Only not.

Through the first quarter of the season, Bryant has 23 receptions, 282 receiving yards, and four touchdown receptions. At this rate, Bryant is on pace for 92 receptions, 1,128 receiving yards, and 16 touchdown receptions.

Let us for a moment ignore the touchdown reception part. 92 receptions and 1,128 receiving yards. That doesn’t sound like a break out season. That sounds more like last year.

Yes, it’s true, Dez Bryant is drawing triple coverage and the CIA. But this didn’t happen in Kansas City. Bryant had his chance in San Diego too. If I was Bryant, I’d slap around some Gatorade right about now.

You give the ball to your best player. All day. Just do it. Let the man catch and chase down a pay check. He is fast enough. He is good enough.

Bill Callahan and team offense should be ashamed of themselves. Every soul on the planet knows the devil wears number 88. Except the coach drawing the x’s and o’s on the chalkboard.

Shame on you. Just give him the damn ball. Especially before he gets mad and slaps away your Gatorade.

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