"Good enough is the enemy of great"
After a game like that, you want to just throw the whole team under the bus. Our O-Line and Running Backs get A+'s for the game. The rest of the team gets an A-. This loss was a bad one - both in terms of our performance and what it means for our long-term prospects. You CANNOT lose a home game in the hyper-competitive NFC East. But, if I dig down deep and search for one saving grace from this game, it is this:
We played better than early last season, but we know we suck.
Last year, we were stinking it up in similar games early in the season. But everybody wanted to point to our winning score and to tell the naysayers to back off. And that a W is a W. Players continued to prepare (or not prepare) in the same cocky manner as if they were bored waiting for the Superbowl.
This team can't do that now. They have to take a long, hard look at themselves and how they played. And it is only game 2. I think that may be a healthy thing. It is clear that no coach on this staff can ever get inside Romo's head and make him accountable. The only solution is for him to feel the full weight of costing the team a big game - and not having a full offseason to forget about it. My pet cat, Scandrick, may have thought he could do no wrong coming into this game. But he's learned what it is to be abused by opposing receivers, and what happens when you fail to wrap-up when you go for a knockout hit. The same goes for T-New, who I doubt we'll hear whining about probowl snubs again anytime soon. With his job on the line, Garrett may need to look back on his 2nd half mistakes - including eliminating our TE's from the gameplan and going back to his pattern of out-routes with receivers built for slants and posts. If this game did that, we will look back on it as a positive.