What’s wrong with the Dallas Cowboys? Why can’t a team with extraordinarily talented players get it together? Maybe several reasons pop into your head but I simply want to give my perspective since I’m a lifelong, die-hard Cowboys fan. Never mind what you’re thinking…I take a lot of guff when I mention ‘America’s Team’ but it’s the truth and I support them, win or lose.
Right now, though, is a very tough time to be a Cowboys fan. Heck, right now is a very tough time to be a Cowboy. Let’s look at some reasons why the Cowboys are facing a 1 and 6 record; and what they can do to get back on track to winning.
- Some say Jerry Jones is the ultimate one to blame. No blame game here, just pointing out some…let’s call them…observations. Jerry has built a state-of-the-art stadium for himself, the team, the fans, and the world. Of course he wants to see his team win in their stadium, who wouldn’t? I do believe, however, that Jerry needs to stick to the business of “owning” and not coaching and managing. Jerry is the ultimate master of recognizing and acquiring talent. Hire a coach and leave him alone.
- Wade Phillips comes from good stock. His dad, Bum Phillips, is legendary. Wade has a winning record with other teams he’s coached. But, I don’t know if Wade is the right man to lead the Cowboys to a steady record of wins, and none of the other Cowboys coaches are equipped to turn this team around. There’s talk of “Chucky” John Gruden, taking the helm and he would get my vote for sure. I believe he would bring a much needed balance of discipline and motivation.
- Undisciplined players contribute much to the demise of the Cowboys. They’re professionals. They know the rules of the game. But the ridiculous, consistent penalties cause them to shoot themselves in the foot every chance they get. I almost get the feeling that the team doesn’t believe they deserve to win. They could have the very best coach in the world, yet if they fail to execute plays correctly, it would do no good. The heart of the team has stopped beating and it’s painful to watch them go through the motions on the field.
What’s the answer?
a. New coach, same players?
b. New coach, new players?
c. New owner, new coach, new players? (We all know “c” is not going to happen so let’s focus on a and b.)
a. New coach, same players – Let’s work on acquiring a new coach who can motivate and inspire the existing team to play with heart and intelligence. I believe a new coach with the same players can get something done. The Cowboys roster reveals an immense amount of talent available to any coach who’s willing to take a strong lead.
b. New coach, new players – Maybe it’s time for a change in the Cowboys locker room. Since it appears that the current players don’t have a lot of fight left, maybe some drafting and trades need to happen. Perhaps the combination just isn’t right. When they’re hot, they’re really hot; unfortunately the hot has cooled to chilly.
What do you think about the current Cowboys situation? Do they just need some motivation and A LOT of discipline, or is it time for a changing of the guard? Weigh in on your remedy to cure the demise of the Dallas Cowboys.
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