The bye week is a time to relax for both the fans and the players. Having an early bye week can be both beneficial as well as detrimental to a team. It can be a time of getting players healthy and back into the starting lineup and preparing for the next opponent. It is also a time to reflect on the previous weeks of football. Once again this year, the Dallas Cowboys have proven they are the same team as they were last season, a team that lacks the heart and desire for the game.
The first four weeks of the Cowboys NFL season has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Inconsistent and confusion run rampant on this team. This isn’t anything new as avid fans will tell you. Everyone has an opinion on what needs to be done to get these 2012 Dallas Cowboys rolling with a some kind of consistency preferably the winning kind. Anything from questioning head coach Jason Garrett’s ability to coach the team, call the plays and handle the multi-duty pressures. Then there is the owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, and then comes the questions of can he bring in a decent head coach, is this his fault for making the Cowboys the laughing stock of the NFL or in other words making the Cowboys out to be the joke of the NFL , or is it his fault that the team doesn’t care because they know they will get paid well. No one can really know what happens for sure behind the closed doors in Cowboys stadium but it’s fairly obvious to anyone who watches the Cowboys religiously, that one thing these Cowboys have and continue to lack is heart and hunger to play the game of football.
Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) takes the field during introductions prior to the Monday night football game against the Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Yes, heart and hunger to play the game of football. This isn’t every single player on the field. There are exceptions to this statement. The fact remains, the Cowboys players just act like they don’t care. All an opposing team has to do is score first and the team has a meltdown on the field. Monday nights game against the Chicago Bears was a prime example of how this happens. Down 7 points at half time the team comes out and they once again stop doing the basics: running the ball, catching passes, no turnovers, defensive stops etc. What happens? The starters come out of the locker room and look flat and at times clueless. They didn’t look like they had the drive to continue to play the remaining 2 quarters.
Then we go to the final drive in Monday nights game against the Chicago Bears, for the most part the starters were on the bench and it opened up the opportunity for players like Cole Beasley and Andre Holmes and Phillip Tanner stepped up and did what needed to be done, moved the ball down the field. They knew where they were supposed to be, they fought for yardage and they succeeded in one successful drive at the end of the game and you know what happened? They scored a touchdown. This is arguable however, as people will say the Bears did not have all their defensive starters in. That shouldn’t matter. These guys cared about getting the drive completed, worked together as a team and didn’t look lost and confused.
The first stringers especially the receivers have looked atrocious this year. They haven’t consistently been a supporting cast for their quarterback and a majority of the fans will lash at out the quarterback no matter if he is at fault or isn’t.
So that brings us back to the question, when will the Dallas Cowboys find their heart?
The answer is strictly in the way you look at it. The team found their heart one season, a terrible 6-10 season that resulted in a head coach being fired midway through the season and then with a new “interim” head coach they played like they respected the Star and were embarrassed by their previous performances and wanted and needed to change that. This current team, is looking an awful lot like that 2010 team. They just look like they are moving through the motions, doing what is necessary to half show up to the games and they once again look like they have no fire or passion for the fans, the game of football and more importantly that Star they wear upon their helmet.
As someone once said, until the right people start caring and showing heart, this team will follow suit, kind of like follow the leader.