When the game ended at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon, my gut tells me so did the Cowboys chances to make the playoffs this season. I know Philly dropped a game to the Vikings to keep Dallas one game back with a trip to Washington and a home finale against the Eagles still to come, but that debacle I witnessed against a desperate Packers squad spells doom in this Dallas fan’s eyes.
Please, somebody explain to me how whoever was calling the plays today could basically abandon the run, especially when DeMarco Murray was averaging around seven yards a clip and ESPECIALLY when the Cowboys were trying to run out the clock and stifle the Packers momentum? It just doesn’t make any sense…
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that in any level of football…from pee-wee to pro…if you are sitting atop a huge lead like the Cowboys were against the Pack, the clock is your biggest enemy. The Cowboys running game was working better than it has all season and yet for some inexplicable reason Dallas decided that the second half was the appropriate time to air it out. The weird turn of events that followed will certainly live in infamy of Cowboys lore for a long time. It doesn’t get much worse than this, people. Even though the Cowboys still control their own destiny where the division race is concerned, faith and hope is fading fast. These Cowboys can’t be trusted with the largest of leads and going into D.C. next week is not a comforting thought.
On the defensive side of the ball, if this mess doesn’t convince Jerry Jones that the defensive coordinator has to go I don’t know what would. The ineptitude that has been shown by the defense the last two weeks is more than enough proof that whatever Monte Kiffin and company are doing just ain’t workin’. By all accounts, Kiffin is a nice guy, but that doesn’t do the Cowboys any good when it comes to getting into the playoffs. Mr. Jones, of all people, has to be aware of the bottom line and in the NFL, that means wins and losses.
By many accounts, the showing by this Dallas D is the worst in franchise history. I can’t argue with that assessment in the face of the number of 600-plus yard games the Cowboys opponents have had this season and on the heels of the collapse I have just witnessed. Just about every quarterback Dallas has faced, several of them being backups, have looked like pro-bowlers as they dissected the Dallas defense.
This game was pretty much a summation of the Cowboys season. Start on a high note, lose focus and then watch helplessly as the other team snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. In fact, come to think of it, that pretty much sums of the entire tenure of Jason Garrett as the head coach of the Cowboys.
Please, Jerry…It is time for a change.