When you lose three games in a row, people are going to start looking for reasons why. Such is the case with the Dallas Cowboys.
The latest loss is perhaps the most embarrassing for the Cowboys as they fell to the previously-winless New York Jets. Losing to one of the league’s punching bags doesn’t do a whole lot to stir up confidence for your team.
So what is the problem with the now 3-3 Cowboys? While we all try to figure it out ourselves, there are likely reports that will start to surface with some speculative answers. Such was the case on Monday when Albert Breer wrote in the MMQB that there are inconsistencies with the Cowboys following and trusting their assignments and teammates.
The Cowboys’ issues on Sunday mostly boil down to something that had previously felled the other team on that New Jersey field—flaws at corner and along the offensive line are very tough to cover up. The latter issue is health-related, and it’ll be hard to pass judgment on where this Dallas team is until Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are healthy again at tackle. The former is more troubling. The troika of Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis hasn’t performed to the level that Dallas anticipated it would, and that needs to quickly improve, particularly with Jones now injured.
Aside from that, an internal talking point has been the inconsistency in players following and trusting their assignments and teammates—that has led to slow starts and some of the big plays given up the last few weeks.
A lack of trust would not be hard to believe as the Cowboys have been all over the place through their losing streak. They’ve been a mess on defense and had seriously slow starts on offense. It makes sense for them to doubt something, anything.
The Cowboys have a gigantic game on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and if they make it four losses in a row then there’s really going to be a growing sense of non-trust. Will they be able to rally and make it through?