Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett waves to fans on the sidelines before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

Bye Bye Cowboys

By week 11 heading into the Dallas Cowboys’ bye week, we all thought this team would finally be putting it all together and setting the stage for a final run at an NFC East crown and an all elusive spot in the post season.  After an embarrasing loss in New Orleans Sunday night, they are limping (literally) in with the ever present .500 record that our average coach Jason Garrett seems unable to escape.  This team is dangerously close to falling completely apart instead of getting healthy over the bye week.  We’ve been here before.

Last year, the Cowboys were blown out and embarrassed on Monday Night Football by the Chicago Bears heading into their week 5 bye.  The loss dropped them to 2-2 and left many more questions than answers.  Romo was intercepted 5 times in this game.  He didn’t throw an interception against the Saints but he only completed an anemic 10 of 24 attempts for a pedestrian 128 yards passing.  Ironically, like Sunday night, the Bears game was close in the early going.  Chicago only held a 10-7 lead at halftime.  Sunday night, it was the Cowboys who led 10-7 early on before watching Drew Brees light them up for 3 straight touchdown drives in the last 8:56 of the first half.  Not so ironically, Sean Lee was injured with a little over 14 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.  His departure brought on a complete defensive collapse.

Now we’re told Lee will be out for 3-4 weeks.  If anyone doubted his importance to this team, it was showcased for everyone after he left the game Sunday night.  This is not the same team without his leadership and playmaking ability.  Fortunately, one of those weeks will be the bye week, so Lee will miss the critical division game against the Giants, the Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders, and likely the Monday night repeat against the Bears.  In Chicago.  In December.  Ouch.

Not looking good sports fans!  This team is literally playing defense with guys they picked up from the want ads.  It’s the opponents “1″s against the backups of our backups.

Last year, this team came out of the bye with a renewed determination – and proceeded to lose 4 of their next 5 games.  They won 5 of the 6 games after that to make a run at the division before coming up short in the final two games once again.  This year with a late bye, they won’t have the luxury of catching fire late – although 10 games in, they were ironically 5-5 last year too.  This team just can’t escape its own mediocrity.  Ever.

If I were Jason Garrett, I would start looking around at potential Offensive Coordinator openings.  The way this team is playing, the injuries they’ve experienced, and the brutal schedule that lies ahead, I don’t see how they could possibly finish any better than 8-8.  A 7-9 record seems more likely with Lee missing significant time and Ware looking like a shadow of himself.  Jerry’s firing finger is already itching despite all his assurances that he’s 100% behind Garrett.  Maybe he’ll fire the DC again instead since the Kiffin experiment seems to have been a disaster for the Cowboys – but not for our opponents who keep breaking all kinds of NFL records for offensive production.

Sunday night, I did something I haven’t done in 20 years:  I shut the TV off at halftime and walked away.  I’ve seen this show before.  Unfortunately, we all have and it seems to be on an endless loop.  Go Cow…oh never mind.  See you next year!

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  • David Jordan

    Speaking of Demarus Ware, has he bulked up this year? He looks a lot bigger than in the past. Doesn’t seem to have the speed like he did in years past either.

  • Old Frog

    This perpetual loop of mediocrity is frustrating. I don’t see how to get out of it other than to trade every veteran with value for draft picks next year and start over. This team can’t get better with mid round draft picks and aging veterans.

  • Dajuice

    I did the exactly the same thing, I turned off the game at half time; I just couldn’t stomach it any more. I’m so disgusted with the way this team is playing. All I want is a team to be competitive & to show some fire in their bellies. I’ve been a Cowboy’s fan since the 70′s & I remember the ‘boys of the early 80′s with Danny White, Tony Dorset…etc, although they didn’t go to the SuperBowl, they had heart & they competed. The only guys on the current team that have any heart & keep this team somewhat in games are Dwayne Harris, Sean Lee, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Jason Hatcher & George Selvie. Changes need to be taken, starting from the top down. But as always, lets just fire the coaching staff & get another set of coaches in here & see what they can do. I’m so sick & tired of this approach!!! I’m from Toronto, the Maple Leafs went thru the same thing until we got new leadership at the top. This were able to compete in the early nineties, early 2000′s & its happening again right now. Start with management & work your way down. Fans if you want change, stop going to the games & turn off the TV, maybe then & only then will Jerry get the message!

  • weather command

    He should fire himself..he, alone, is the real problem…all 7 head coaches couldn’t be ALL that bad…pleeze! BTW..had Dallas at 6-10 before season started and believe I am right on target…hard to be a Cowboy’s fan!

  • SmartThinking

    Garrett will be gone following the Chicago game. Callahan as well. Probably Kiffin, if not by Chicago, then, by season’s end. The writing’s on the wall. Jones has confirmed his faith in Garrett. That means he’s keeping Garrett in place only as long as it takes him to find his replacement. I guarantee you Jones is talking with head coaches as we speak!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Unfortunately, we are never going to get the most important action we need… the owner to step away and hire a real GM. At a minimum, fire Garrett and Kiffin. Keep the 4-3 but not the Tampa 2 version. Try to get Zimmer back from the Bengals.

    • Jd

      If there is a firing squad after the season, Jerry should promote marinelli to DC & hire Pep Hamilton as our HC, or at least OC. Marinelli gets the most of what he can out of guys who wouldn’t even make Canadian football rosters. And Hamilton, the guy had luck @ Stanford & now with Indy. And that team has no running game what so ever and still has that offense in position to score all the time. Yeah, the Rams just handed them their lunch, but it was one game. And Fisher Is a great HC.
      But in the end it’s Jerry’s world and whatever he says goes. I’m just hoping what goes is Garrett, Callahan & Kiffin.

  • siempre44

    No- no one who follows football thought the Cowbows would be good. The Cowboys went to camp without offensive or defensive linemen and actually finished camp with less than they started with. This article seems to say the Boys are undrer achieving or had a loaded team. No. The Boys are a .500 team because Jerry is too much an amateur to understand football is won by the linemen and that the ‘shiny ‘receivers and backs are not what determines a champion.

  • Jd

    I keep running into smart thinking, guy absolutely knows our Cowboy’s & isn’t a smoke blower.
    I have pros & cons for this team at the moment. My cons are this: we’re decimated with injuries and that’s not an excuse, just fact. But with saying that, although we’ve been in every game this year up until the Saint’s disaster, we just don’t win those close game’s against good teams. We don’t make enough plays or are always shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties, unable to run the ball on a 3rd & 2 to sustain a drive. Can’t find ways to get dez open and continue to allow him to be doubletteamed game after game. And even though our defense is crippled, we never get off the field on 3rd downs. It could be 3rd & 15, pass completion for 18 yards, all the time. And while we create a substantial amount of turnovers, we can’t capitalize of them at all.
    Now the pros: we’re on a bye & will definitely be getting a little healthier. And I’m hoping the presence of Austin will allow our passing game to open up more. And although Murray, like Austin is always getting hurt, if he can stay healthy, especially against the Giants, that’s a huge plus. And while our defense is very bad, we are playing a Giant’s team who has an awful offensive line, worse than ours, their secondary is also brutal, and like us, they cannot stop the run. And yes, they’re on a 3 game winning streak. But let’s be real for a second. It was against Freeman, his first game with the Vikings, a Matt Barkley led Eagle’s team after Vick went down and Oakland, who had a gimp of a qb in Pryor who was, at best 60% healthy. And if Pryor doesn’t throw that pick, Oakland wins that game. And as for the remaining schedule, Oakland at home, Greenbay at home & philly @ home. A couple things with those games: even if Rodgers is back, he will not be 100 %, and they’re another defense who can’t stop anyone. Philly, we already beat them, in their building, with Foles starting. We knocked him out of the game with a depleted defense and he only had 80 yards passing. And the other 2 remaining road games, Chicago & Washington: the Bears are not the same team last year and Washington isn’t either. And if Chicago is a job saving game & a must win for this Cowboys team, well, put up or shut up. Go up there & return the favor. & the Washington game, well, our awful defense stopped them every time but once they got near our red zone. And their special teams is absolutely horrifying. And they’re another team who can’t stop the run, despite what the numbers say against Minnesota & San Diego.
    I’m not saying all these games are in our favor or that we’re going to win them all, or even win 4/6. I’m just laying out the good and the bad for out team moving forward.
    What I will say is, if we lose to the Giants on November 24th, our season is over. We beat em, I believe we win the division.
    And we all know what history saysaand will probably happen. But 1 win against the Giants, and things look a whole lot better.

  • Larry Faught

    if they still had bill parcells and he had control like he did we would have done won the superbowl. jerry jones knows this.

  • Larry Faught

    if play calling is all thats wrong with dallas then yes fire the play callers and get new ones but what has puzzled me about dallas and oyher teams is how they can almost beat the so called elete broncos and then be spanked by the saints? if the team steps up asa whole they can beat the giants again without lee, ware or austin. if not see yall next year

  • Larry Faught

    finally the idea of having jerry jones as, player negociator,and just over all decision maker for thenext 10 to 15 years is scary!!!! after all look what happened after u fired johnson, hired owens over parcells and lets dont forget deon. the owner needs to own and let the coaches and players do there job