Winning fixes everything. When a business is running well, all employees involved are usually content. No bosses are yelling, no associates are complaining. Most of the time everything is going according to plan and everyone is perfectly fine ignoring all the underlying problems.
The same holds true in football. When a team is winning, few complain about catches or carries or playing time. When something doesn’t go according to plan though, that’s when things go bad.
The Dallas Cowboys are no different. One loss and all of a sudden the bad starts to come out. People begin to question why Demarco Murray didn’t get more carries, why Dez Bryant wasn’t used more, and what the heck was wrong with Morris Claiborne and Bruce Carter?
While those may all be valid complaints let’s look into some comments made by Claiborne himself this week. He commented on the use of the zone in the new defense and how it’s slowing his progress.
I read many comments asking for him to be traded or to have him benched. Let’s back it down a notch shall we.
Why is the assumption that when a player makes a declaration like this that he is wrong? Should he keep those comments to himself? Probably. Should he suck it up? More than likely. Should he be using this opportunity to get better? Most definitely, but isn’t it possible he might have a point.
I mean forgive me for not agreeing with him when I watched Phillip Rivers go up, over, and through the Dallas secondary while they continued to employ the zone in last weekend’s game. Say what you want about Claiborne, but name one guy on that defense who was able to make a play in that agonizing second half.
I mean even the same commentators, which included Daryl Johnston, mentioned multiple times that the Cowboys would need to abandon the zone and attempt more man coverage if they had any hopes of stopping Rivers and the Chargers.
Allow me to step off my soapbox now. Truly I think that this really isn’t as bad as it seems and we’re all just blowing of steam from a bad loss that seemed was going to be a win. I’m honestly more worried about what seemed a lack of effort from Jason Witten (bring on the commentary bashing).
As I said to begin, winning fixes everything. If the Cowboys can pull of the victory against the Broncos, which they can do, we’ll all go back to the high praises of the new staff and personnel. Another tough loss however, and we might really start to see the actual problems in the business.