Please don’t read this article if you are looking for a hug. Because I’m not giving one. Nothing personal; I’m sure you smell great.
And I won’t take it personally either. Hey, YouTube has some cute cat videos. Start there. Not here.
Now that we got that out-of-the-way, let me be clear about my aim here: I have never been one to cover up or Photoshop nothing into something. I do not believe in that. I believe in honesty.
With that in mind, let me read you this quote from general manager Jerry Jones via ESPN Dallas:
I didn’t expect this. I didn’t see this coming.
Now, again, I have always been honest here — so allow me to give you my professional response:
Is this an episode from the Twilight Zone? Stuck in the 1990′s much?
What on earth does surprise you? Don’t get me wrong here, I’m just as mad as anyone inside Cowboys Nation. Again, mad? Yes. Surprised? Absolutely not.
This is the Dallas Cowboys. This is exactly who they are, what they do, how they breathe.
For Jerry Jones to go to the media and say this is a surprise is a mockery to the fans and disrespectful to the viewer’s intelligence.
What surprises you? The part where you brought an umbrella to a gun fight? This last ranked defense couldn’t stop a parked car! Yes, ranked last in defense. (Nice fix there, by the way.)
So when the New Orleans Saints set an NFL record of 40 first downs, you’re surprised? Or how about when Drew Brees was eight yards shy from being the fifth quarterback to go over 400 yards against this defense? Surprised?
625. That’s the total yards allowed last Sunday. A club record for the Saints, and a new one for the Cowboys, which broke the mark set by the Lions two weeks ago at 623.
Still surprised? You shouldn’t be. You’d have to be insane to feel that way. Because there is a lot of fixing that needs checking.
And while this loss is difficult, I will say it was a good thing. Hopefully (I might be pushing it), this is the push that got the general manager out of his chair. We needed this loss. To wake up. Because it should happen now, in November, and not late in December. Cowboys have work to do; and getting exploited by one of the better teams in the league comes better now than later. The Cowboys were supposed to lose.
With New York, Oakland, Chicago, Green Bay, Washington, and Philadelphia left in the line up, the Cowboys, in my opinion, can win four of those last six. Even without Sean Lee. Even with a stale offense. And if they do, this loss, hopefully, will look like the jump-start that got this team from point A to playoffs.
But hey, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t make it either.