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Cowboys "Very Close To Being Great"? They Got A Million Of Them!

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"You know, Phil, we're very close to being great."
"You know, Phil, we're very close to being great."

There is occasional comic relief generated by the 'Boys' anything-but-funny 1-4 record.  Unfortunately, the laughs are generated by the 'Boys themselves, in the form of classic, clinical denial.

Jerry says his team isn't really 1-4.  Uh?

Wade says his team has "gone overboard" with penalties.  Yeah.  I guess John Dillinger slipped over the railing, too.  Wade further claims he's going to rely on "peer pressure" to correct the problem.  Research shows that peer pressure within an insane asylum is an unreliable and ineffective therapy.

But the Gold Medal for Gullibility, the Denoument of Denial, goes to defensive end Igor Olshansky, who Monday actually said, "We are very close to being great."  Eegs, your team is very close to being great the same way Earth is very close to Neptune.  Or, maybe more aptly, Uranus.  Actually, your team is perilously close to being 1-5.

Funny, right?  I didn't think so, either.  I'm not really laughing.

It's not that Dallas can't beat the Giants Monday night.  The Cowboys could have beaten the G-men twice last year.  Except that they didn't.  Twice.  In the spirit of Igor Olshansky, "We were very close to beating the Giants.  Twice."  Jerry would say that his team didn't actually lose to the Giants in 2009.  Twice.  I guess Romo "went overboard" in throwing three picks in the first loss.  And maybe it was a lack of "peer pressure" that allowed Dallas to blow an early 10-0 lead in the rematch at Giants Stadium in December.  It's always something.  And these days, it's always an excuse or rationalization born of denial.

There's no denying Dallas is 1-4.  There's no denying the team is in last place in the NFC East.  There's no denying the offensive line was already a shambles before the loss of Kyle Kosier.  That situation is going to get worse before it gets better, if indeed it does get better.  Only an ostrich would deny that Mike Jenkins has regressed to an alarming extent, that the Cowboys' can't play NFL-caliber zone coverage, that Romo has a fourth quarter phobia and that the Dallas "Isn't that special?" coverage team couldn't make contact with an opposing kickoff returner using the Hubble Telescope.

Harsh?  Honest.  

Reality bites.

The first step toward being 2-4 is to stop denying being 1-4.