It seems like to me that everyone benefits by leaving Valley Ranch. Sean Payton won a Superbowl, after leaving Dallas. Terrence Newman had a career revival, after it appeared his legs left him, while in Dallas. Adam Jones also had a career revival. Mike Jenkins appears to have done OK for himself, in Oakland. Martellus Bennett, Joe Decamillis...I'm sure I can find more examples.
I got to be thinking about this after seeing so many pining for Sean Payton be the next Cowboys coach. Then, I thought, "Would he really do much better than Garrett?" I somehow, don't think so... Maybe I'm just being pessimistic, after such a demoralizing loss to the Packers, Bears, Lions, this year, but 18 years of futility, since the 1995 Superbowl win, also plays heavily into my thoughts.
Is it possible, that having an involved, meddling owner makes everyone perform just a little bit worse? Perhaps, it makes people lose a bit of that sharpness and focus. Maybe, the coach makes decisions to avoid being second guessed, rather than, to win the game. What other owner would weigh in with comments about needing to play more man defense? Does that play into the defensive coordinator's mind? Does he heed that idea, even just a little bit, subconsciously, in a nod to the boss?
In English Premier League soccer, people always lamented that, when Manchester United was losing, they always seemed to get a couple more minutes of extra time, to tie the score. They called it "Fergie Time," after the legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. It was said that, the match officials, fearing Ferguson's gravitas and his legendary temper, which could be unleashed upon anyone, subconsciously yielded to this pressure. Subsequent studies seemed to lend credence to this phenomenon. Maybe it's a bit of stretch to attribute it all to the loss of "Fergie Time," but, with the same team that won the league last year, in Ferguson's last year with the club, the brand new manager, David Moyes, has ManU sitting in the middle of table.
Could a similar dynamic be going in Dallas? Is everyone just subtly bending a bit to directions and opinions from Jerry? Could they be selecting who to start, based on Jerry saying so and so "looked real good" in practice? Could they be calling plays based on his comments? Like Jerry supposedly saying that Dallas needs to play more risky? Did that perhaps play into Romo's thinking, when he tried to make a play, after avoiding a sack from Clay Matthews?
I guess, we'll never know. But, like a lot of Cowboys fan these days, I'm grasping for straws. I think the straws clinging to my clawing hands probably are as good as any other theories out there explaining what's wrong with this organization...