An offensive ending

by - January 19, 2010 - Posted in Offseason

As the Cowboys season came to an indecent end, we were all left wondering what went wrong. How did a team that had won four straight games – and doing it in dominating fashion – be so unceremoniously bounced in the playoffs? How did a team that completely dominated the first quarter of the playoff game end the quarter down 7-0? How did a team that got inside the opponent’s 40-yard-line in its first three possessions end up with just three points after those possessions? The answer is simple: the offense flat out stunk. Which brings up yet another, more troubling question: are we expected to believe that the status quo will be the correct way to address the team going forward?

This year’s Cowboys team accomplished something that they hadn’t done in 13 years. They also accomplished something that Wade Phillips had never done in his career. They even turned the tables on the hated Eagles by pulling the rug out from under them and stealing the division title. But it still feels like someone kicked your dog on Sunday, doesn’t it? That’s probably because we all saw a mirage. We thought we’d seen an oasis in the desert. But when we got there, all we saw was more of the same. That’s a pretty discouraging feeling.

Even more discouraging is the thought that the mirage of a playoff win against the Eagles may prompt our butcher of a GM to maintain the status quo. Raise your hand if you want to see Wade Phillips patrolling the sideline in 2010. Ok, that one’s too easy. But at least he has some redeeming qualities (aka, he is a good defensive coach). Jason Garrett, however, has no such defense. He has the dubious distinction of running an offense that was second in the league in yards per game, but was 14th in points scored. He is also the guy that is notorious for abandoning a running game that was seventh in the league in yards per game. To be fair, a lot of the team’s failures fall on the shoulders of the players. But there were many situations in which the players were not placed in positions to succeed. The blame for that goes all the way to the top.

When is Jerry going to realize that his boy genius is anything but? Jason Garrett was brought in to do two things: 1) teach Tony Romo and 2) coach an offense with enough talent to be an elite unit. After three seasons, he has marginally taught Romo. In 2009, Romo committed the least amount of turnovers of his career. But when the chips were really on the table, he reverted back to his careless ways – committing three turnovers. As for the offense, they were second in the league in yards per game. But they had trouble scoring to the tune of being middle of the road in the league in scoring. They were also 17th in red zone scoring at 50.9%.

If the organization knew the meaning of the word accountability, they would be looking to upgrade the person running the offense. But since this is Jerry’s toy, we will likely not see something like that happen. Having won the division and the playoff game will likely give Jerry enough bravado to think, “See? My way does work!” So we’ll have to live through yet another season of Tweedledee and Tweedledum running the team. And we all know what happens when you continue to pound your head against the wall. In the end, you get the same result. In this case, it’ll be 9-10 wins and a gut-punch of an end to the season. But hey, at least it’s an improvement over the Dave Campo years, right?

10 Responses to An offensive ending

Jeff Stehle

January 19th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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I'm laying off the coaching staff. I'm starting to feel sorry for them. They never have a chance. They aren't given what they need to lead and then they are blamed by the same overbearing Owner/President/GM who wouldn't give them what they needed in the first place.

kjlovesign

January 19th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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The lack of traffic on this website is testament to the dire state that the Cowboy's Nation is in 2010. Lowered expectations and disassociation with reality describes the majority of Cowboy fans. We have officially become the NFC's version of the AFC's Raiders only we have a better stadium than the Raiders. It is no coincidence that the only consistent contributors (minus Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins) are acquisitions of the Bill Parcell's era. The players acquired under Bill Parcell's will age and eventually be replaced by Jerry's picks and the Cowboys will revert back to the 1996- 2002 period of disarray. The Dallas Cowboys are no longer really the Dallas Cowboys they are Jerry's Cowboys. Want proof? They don't play in Dallas County. As time goes on I truly realize greatness of the 1995 Cowboys. What other team in NFL history can truly say they won a Superbowl without a head coach? Jerry Jones meddling has cheated Dallas fans out of at least 1 Superbowl and arguably 2 more if injuries weren't a major factor.

Luis

January 19th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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I'm not sure I'd blame Jerry for the Cowboys playing in Arlington. He gave the city of Dallas every chance to bring the Cowboys back to Dallas. They decided they would be better off renovating the Cotton Bowl. Well, I think we all know how that turned out.

That said, I think the pacification of the fan base will be very short-lived. The stadium (and the subsequent home playoff game) only worked to excite the fans for a very short time. The way the 2009 season ended and the promise of more of the same in 2010 will bring about the renewed unease of Cowboy Nation.

SupaFan

January 20th, 2010 at 9:51 am

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Ok, first I should introduce myself. I am a fan of the Minnesota Vikings so take this for what ever it is worth. I know it too soon, but I'm going to do this any way.
Since the days of our legendary coaches retired all has gone to hell with both of our franchises. I'm referring to Bud Grant and Tom Landry, but this is just reflexion of a problem that they both saw in their own teams, Instability in ownership.
In the case of the Vikings it meant 3 different ownership groups all with different agendas and philosophies worst of which was Red McCombs, a tight wad penny pinching bastard that screwed the franchise for his personal financial gain. If you want reasons I'll be happy to give plenty of examples. Until we got an owner that treats his franchise like a business and put professionals in place that are better at running areas of the franchise better than he could.
In some ways he has done a great job. Rob Bryzinzski for example is our salary cap guy and may be the best in the NFL. On the other hand Brad Chilldress is a moron and couldn't coach ants to go to a picnic. He is a great talent evaluator but that isn't what he is getting paid for. The Vikings now have 10 players in this years pro bowl that is the most in recent history if not ever. With that amount of talent we should walk through the Super Bowl to the Lombardy trophy with no problem but trust me he will find a way to screw it up. Please don't ask about selling our teams soul to the Devil.
To make a long story short, we have the same problem an executive that is afraid to cut ties with a coach because he is showing a little progress.
However maybe you are in a worse situation. Your owner has had success, and he thinks he can do it again. But trust me the Hershel Walker trade will never happen again, even the Vikings aren't dumb enough to do that again. You are in a situation closer to the Raiders. (I'm sorry for that, that was mean) Jerry hasn't done any thing as crazy as Al yet, but then again we will see how not having a collective bargaining agreement turns out.

kjlovesign

January 21st, 2010 at 7:06 am

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I most post was not intended to blame Jerry for the location of the stadium. He just took the best most timely business deal. That doesn't make him a bad owner. In fact I believe he is a great owner but he has the second worse General Manager in the league… Himself. Oh, by the way on a marginally related point about the stadium and Dallas City Government. Dallas County and City have some the most corrupt and incompetent municipal officials in the country and it is sad. Dallas lost out on the Horse Track, Texas Motor Speedway, the Rangers Ballpark and now the Cowboys. Those are just the marquee projects because their sport associations but many more projects went down the tube because of cronyism in Dallas government. When will the voters say enough and throw all these bums out whether DEM or REP? So with that in mind I don't have much hope for a big turn around in Dallas Nation because if they are anything like Dallas voters they will continue to be served crap and like it.

MBurkett

January 23rd, 2010 at 5:41 pm

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Remember during preseaon when Jerry tried top bring in Dan Reeves in a consulant/mentor role. That was for Jason Garrett.

MBurkett

January 23rd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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Gay-Raiders, right. 1) The only reason the Cowboys don't play in Dallas is because the democratic mayor at the time would not allow a bond issue to build Jerry's World in Dallas County to even see the ballot for a public vote (see fair grounds). Arlington jumped at the opportunity and passed the bond issue, thereby, winning Jerry's World for their money. 2) Jerry, for all his troubles, is ten time the GM over Al Davis. 3) The lack of traffic on this any many other Dallas Cowboy websites is due to the hughe dissappointment in the last playoff game and, more precisely, the Dallas Cowboy offensive output.

MBurkett

January 23rd, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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I am a Dallas Cowboy fan since 1960's and I can see your comparitive points and agree with the teams similiarities except for one. Did the owner of the Vikings claim to be in the Junior World series as a child? Talk has it, they never found his name on any Junior World series team roster.

SupaFan

January 25th, 2010 at 10:15 am

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Well thats one way to screw it up.

Luis

January 26th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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Thanks for bringing up old, painful memories!

http://firejerryjones.com/2009/04/wheres-dan-o/