Gentlemen, it's becoming more and more difficult to understand the crap that the Cowboys are flinging my way. I'm not blaming the media here because I found less and less reason to disbelieve their articles as the season wound down.
It's time to make a few tough choices. The players have run amok, and within the space of a single season, it seems like the organization has lost direction. Perhaps it's been this way for a while, and 13-3 was the aberration, but what I've seen and heard from, and about, this team has just brought home the message that they're not winners and don't want to be.
Imagine, if you will, the team as it is now going into training camp. Oh, I assure you that players and coaches will have made up superficially and through gritted teeth will supply endless quotes about how they've put last season behind them and how they're coming together as a team. Then picture some early season losses, and suddenly all the drama is at the forefront again while football takes a backseat.
Not another season of this nonsense, please. Oh accidental, you ask, please flaunt the glory of your banana hammock and point us in the right direction. Of course, I'd be happy to oblige.
Tough choices, I said. Tough choices that need to be made. If anyone's read the Dune novels, you know how Paul Atreides felt. (By the way, if you haven't picked up Dune, it makes for great offseason reading.) Paul knew he had to embrace the Golden Path under a veil of bloodshed or watch the empire slowly decay to nothing and take humanity with it.
Bloodshed got your attention, eh?
Wade's gotta go. I have nothing against the guy, and uptil this weekend, I had no negative feelings about his return. However, it's dawned on me that his marshmallowy softness has come to symbolize a lot of what's wrong with this team. So, gone, fired, canned -- not invited back as Def. Coordinator, nada. It's a symbolic move, and it sucks for the guy, but it needs doing. Yeah, he's a great defensive mind, but he's not HC material, and it's too late for anything else.
Promote Carrot-top. All year long, I've done nothing but whine about how much his playcalling sucks, but I'm willing to admit that he's young, he's learning, and he's does have the IT-factor that's needed as a HC. It's the best option we've got, and he's going to be the one to turn this ship around.
Lose T.O. You knew this was coming. I've loved the guy before he was on the Cowboys, and I've loved how he's always spoken his mind, but the bad finally outweighs the good. He's still a star WR, no doubt about it, but he's in decline, he's constantly, and unfairly, always under the spotlight, and his demand for the ball undermines our mentally fragile QB who works best by spreading the ball around. He's losing it, and if Garret's going to stay with the Cowboys, T.O.'s going to go. I hate even typing this, but I'm thinking long-term.
Ask Jerry to clean house. The whiners, the losers, the slackers, the talkers...all have to go. This is going to be a slow process, and some of the players that exhibit these qualities are going to stay simply because of their contracts (lookin' at you RW11), but Jerry's going to have to act like a proper GM. This is probably the hardest thing, but some contracts have to be cut short or let expire and the players need not return. Carrot-top can make a list, and maybe this will force the rest of the team to shape up.
Here's the point: It needs to be big, and it needs to be ugly, or we can keep fooling ourselves for the next few years until we're back at 5-11 and reality hits. Tough choices, I said, and I mean it.