Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a touchdown to running back Pierre Thomas (not pictured) as Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) pressures during the second quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Hit Panic Button While The Sky Falls in Dallas

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:

Bahahhahahahha hahhahahahahhahahhahhaa.

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.

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) escapes from Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) on a touchdown catch and run during the second quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Jd

    The panic button doesn’t get hit unless we lose to the Giants. And I’m sure most, if not all the writer’s and NFL experts will pick the Giants to win. They’re home, they’re on a 3 game winning streak and they’re playing such great football, right? Please…
    The Giants game is our playoffs. We win and it’s our division to win. If we lose, our season is over.

    • Michael Vu

      I got Cowboys down as a “W”– especially after a bye week. No excuses. We will crush them.

      • Jimmy D

        If the 5 or 6 players come back that are supposed to and are healthy, I agree. Oakland should have beaten them Sunday with a gimp qb in Pryor, guy could barely move and was missing wide open receivers all over the field. Plus, if they kept running Jennings, the Giants had no shot. Romo won’t miss wide open guys this week. He’s played pretty poorly the last month and he’s due to get out of his funk. And I think Murray can and will run all over them. Sure, our defense is bad and the Giants getting Brown back helped. But the Cowboys are due to explode. And I agree with you on this one.

  • jrcowboy49

    And Jerrah should reflect on his terrible draft decisions using the 2013 NFL draft as one example.
    Poor value for trading the 18th pick, allowing SF to draft high performing safety Reid, drafting a OC in round 1 that could have been had in round 2, and not drafting a OG, OT, DT, or DE. As for the drafts under this idiot, Jerrah’s chickens have come home to roost!
    The Cowboys record of 134-134 since 1997 is the smoking gun and would be the head of any GM!
    Unacceptable! We need a GM who understands football, allows the Coaches to coach, and recognizes talent!
    Dallas is an average talented football team at best and the fans deserve better.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Michael, I like your optimism. However, you are somewhat disillusioned if you think the Cowboys will win their division.

  • Chance Streetman

    Great article Michael! I couldn’t agree with you more.