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Dallas Cowboys: Opinions Vary

Opinions are like noses, as they say, everyone has one.  That is no different when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys.  Whether you are visiting various websites dedicated to the Cowboys and the NFL, reading the paper, watching TV, or listening to talk radio, you will be exposed to someone’s opinion.  You will see some of them as valid, because you agree with them, just like you will believe other opinions are not valid, because you don’t agree with the basis of the opinion.

In other words, because you believe Tony Romo is a lousy quarterback, you will agree with those that express derogatory opinions about Romo and discount any stories that heap accolades upon Romo’s head, no matter how much statistical proof is provided that shows Romo is a much better than average quarterback.  And no matter how many come from behind victories Romo is able to engineer, he will still be remembered by some for the last minute interceptions that prevented a chance to win, completely ignoring the fact that Peyton Manning, as well as other highly rated quarterbacks, have lost games the same way.  My opinion: Romo is a better than average quarterback that sometimes makes mistakes at inopportune times, but helps them win more games than he causes them to lose.

It’s not just about Romo though, as you have fans of head coach Jason Garrett and his detractors.  His fans will say he’s changed the culture of the team, they play harder, they make less penalties, his input in the draft has improved their selection process and that they are really close to breaking out of their mediocrity.  His detractors will say that they will be in this 8-8 rut as long as Garrett remains head coach because he doesn’t know what he is doing and never will. He doesn’t know how to manage the clock and his offense passes too much, rather than take a more balanced approach by relying more on the running game.  My opinion: Garrett has done all of those things that his fans would say, but he is still learning to be a good head coach.  It did appear that he was better at clock management this year, but still needs to create a more balanced attack.

Then we come to Jerry Jones.  No one connected to the team incites as much passion as Jerry.  Many detractors begin their litany of Jerry’s offenses with when he bought the team and fired Tom Landry, never mind the fact that many fans had been calling for Landry’s head long before Jerry arrived.  Fans loved the success that ensued, until they were able to find fault with Jerry for running head coach Jimmy Johnson off after the Cowboys second consecutive Super Bowl victory with Johnson, never mind the fact that Jimmy had a reputation of not staying anywhere beyond five years.  Besides that, I recently heard someone that was close to the situation say that Jimmy had developed a habit of exhibiting condescending behavior towards Jerry in public, leaving Jerry no choice but to part ways with him.

More recent criticism would be about the teams draft choices with Jerry in charge and large contracts offered to players beyond their prime.  They will also fault him for firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan too soon and not firing his replacement Monte Kiffin soon enough.  My opinion: Jerry certainly means well and will pay whatever it costs to get a championship.  With Garrett’s influence, the team is drafting much better and I think recent issues with the large contracts given to Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, Doug Free and Miles Austin will cause Jerry to be more cautious in that area going forward.  Kiffin should be fired, or re-assigned, with Rod Marinelli being moved up to defensive coordinator, but we will have to wait a bit longer for that one.

When it comes to opinions, what drives me the craziest are those experts on the radio that say with the Cowboys finishing 8-8 again Garrett should be fired.  That’s when they aren’t alternately saying this team has no chance with Jerry as the general manager.  Which is it then? If the team has no chance with Jerry as the GM, what difference does it make who the coach is? I just can’t stand inconsistent thought.      

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  • Old Frog

    My name is Old Frog and I support the last paragraph of this article.

  • Chesney Blair

    Whilst I don’t think Romo is a lousy qb, I do believe time has come for at least a developmental qb in the draft. I would like another qb at helm to see how far this team perform offensively but I understand that due to our draft position and cap scenario, why we have to stick with Romo. However, everyone has a reputation for a reason. No matter what stats you can throw, Romo has a poor winning record in December. Peyton Manning has a stellar December record. Quarterbacks are paid to lead and that is why they get the big bucks. Romo has not yet led andis going to be 34 this year with two back injuries. Not very promising. Having watched Romo this year he was too often uninspiring(not including the Denver game), and made mistakes at the wrong times AGAIN(there is always some sort of excuse). This team for the last three years have not won many games against quality opponents. As soon as they meet an above average team away, they got blown out completely. I am tired of watching the Cowboys losing to the Bears every year. What quality wins did the Cowboys have last year, besides their win over the horrible nfc east opponents? In fact this has been the case for the last three years. The guy has one playoff win and yet here we are discussing his stats in the regular season. In NFL you are only judged by your playoff records and also by how many Super Bowl rings you obtain. Which points to never happening with Romo.