A few short weeks ago as we lost to the Lions, the Chiefs, the Chargers, and so on, the conversation was what is wrong with Romo? Why isn't he throwing it around more? We want gunslinger Tony back! The Cowboys led the league in fewest giveaways. The offense was playing well but we were producing the big plays that many wanted to see more of. That, many said, was what we needed to beat Detroit, San Diego, Kansas City. We were too conservative, making the safe passes. When Tony said we were taking what the defense gave us, the cries were don't let the opponent dictate to us what we do. The defense began playing above expectations and then featuring a flavor of the week defensive line as injuries continued to mount was giving up yardage like a severed aorta. We were too passive, we needed to play more man, we needed to blitz more to get more pressure. Jerry said after the Chicago game he wanted to gamble more.
Well, BTB'ers we got what we asked for. The defense gambled with blitz after blitz, two more linebackers went down, GB adjusted their passing game and ran to areas vacated by blitzes and the DB's left on islands gave up yardage in large chunks. Then as we fell behind Tony began to fling it. And we lost again this time by 1 point in the last 2 minutes.
So were we wrong? No, of course not. We're the fans we always know best. It's still Tony the loser, the choker. It's still Jerry the meddler, It's still Jason Garrett who now the fans are deciding isn't smart enough to be a head coach.
So is Garrett the coach most were praising in pre-season and even the first few weeks in or is he the dolt some say he's become the last two weeks He can't be both. Tony can't be elite and awful at the same time. Ware is all-pro or he's washed up. Witten is too old or he's the best tight end in the league. Which is it? The team believed in Garrett and now they don't. So which if any of these extremes is closer to the truth or is it somewhere in between.
Honestly folks the distance from the outhouse to the penthouse in this league is just not that far. Just look at teams this year Kansas City, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston who have learned it first hand. As it has almost always been, if we avoid the injury bug, we are there. That is not an excuse. There is a historical, statistical correlation between the number of players lost to injury and W-L record in the NFL and it follows to playoff success. We are a lot closer than most think.
I am an optimist, I admit it. I also admit that I can be as frustrated during a game as anyone. But after it's over it's time to get on with life and look forward to the next one. Let's quit ranting so much and talk about the upcoming game and what has to be done to win it instead of making plans for the Super Bowl after a win or how we need to get rid of everyone from the equipment manager to the coach after a loss.