Been reading a lot of articles lately on what this team needs to get better. Most have been centered around talent infusions, scheme changes and position groups improving. Deep down, I believe we all know that's a bunch of bull.
This team, quite simply, just has to get tougher--mentally, physically, in every conceivable way. The Giants are a prime example of a tough, tough team. What'd they have this year, 7 major injuries to their defense this year? And yet where do they find themselves--in contention yet again. You can't accomplish that without a certain mindset--Coughlin simply, unequivocally, WILL NOT TOLERATE anything else.
The Cowboys, Garrett, the Joneses--they're just soft, period. I don't know how or why they became soft, all I know is they just are. You don't consistently underachieve the way this team has, you don't consistently--comically--find ways to lose games the way we do, without being physically and mentally soft. Sure, Garrett can preach the Jimmy-speak or preach this Jimmy-mindset, but, at the end of the day he's still Jason Garrett--he just doesn't have that certain "it-ness" this team needs to have that toughness instilled in them. Believe me, it PAINS me to admit that, but I think if we were all honest with ourselves, we'd admit the same thing about Garrett. I agree, it'd be stupid to fire him as he just started, but Garrett to me just represents another wasted four years of searching for the right guy to turn this team around.
We don't need a genius because you can't think your way into toughness. We don't need a scheme, as you can't scheme your way to toughness. And we know talent doesn't equal toughness, just look at the two team representing the NFC this weekend--Dallas probably has more "talent" than both of those teams combined. Even if you don't agree with that statement, they at least have as much as either the Giants or 49ers.
We just need to get tougher somehow. I've always thought that started with the head coach, but we don't have that guy. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this--am I way out in left field here?