That’s another one in the books and was there any other way that it was going to end?
Whether it was Romo, Orton, or even Kitna, I think that game winning drive was going to be ended on an interception.
No matter the end, I think it necessary to commend this team for the effort they put forth against the Eagles. The defense came to play, Orton played an excellent game despite the final act and Demarco Murray once again gave us reason to bad mouth the coaches for not utilizing him.
Once again the play calling was very questionable but for once let’s step away from that and look at what can get this team from mediocre to contender.
I think as fans of this franchise we should once and for all take hands and let go of the Jerry Jones excuse. While it might be valid, the fact is he will be in charge for a long, long time so let it go already.
Here’s to a new year and perhaps some things that might need to change.
We have to keep Garrett for at least one more season, but it’s probably time to let Kiffin go. His inability to institute a serviceable defense and his stubbornness to adapt and make changes are good reasons to show him the door.
Next, the dismissal of Kiffin should be the beginning of a complete defensive overhaul. It’s time to trade Ware and get out from underneath his salary. It’s clear his production no longer matches his price tag. Get as many draft picks as you can for him and thank him for his service.
Then, let Jason Hatcher go. One decent season doesn’t place you among the elite. Look no further than Jay Ratliff or Miles Austin to see that sometimes it’s better to play the odds.
With that being said, I would dedicate this entire draft to the defense with the exception of maybe one offensive lineman. With a Ware trade and maybe someone else, this team can have upwards of eight or nine picks. Hire a defensive coordinator, hand him those picks, and tell him to go build his unit.
Now to the offense, I think Callahan has proven he is not the man for the job either. Go hire an offensive coordinator who at the least knows when the ball is moving on the ground to keep running it. So many games were squandered this year by poor play calling. Perhaps we can add this last one to that list too, but in short there is a need to fix it.
Obviously this season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but the best part about it is that it seemed the team’s flaws were more obvious than ever before, which might mean they could be a little more obvious to address. Surely Jerry at least has the competence to address those issues.
The off-seasons are long, but maybe a few moves here and there might give us some reason to finally be legitimately excited about the Dallas Cowboys.
One thing is for sure though, had the team put forth the same effort throughout the season as we saw against the Eagles, I think this season would have been drastically different.