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Dallas Cowboys Can't Blame December for Recent Woes

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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SportsChLeagueContributor IDecember 14, 2009

In between taking swipes at Tiger Woods and his nine—I mean 11, man is it up to an even dozen women?!?—pundits are expounding on the annual December swoon that descends upon the Dallas Cowboys

Swoon, shwoon; I’m not buying it at all!

Last season the Cowboys went 1-3 in December, horrible right?  Of course all four of the teams they played were playoff teams and three made their respective Conference Championships.  This year the Boys are oh and two losing to the New York Giants in the Meadowlands and the San Diego Chargers yesterday.

Both teams were expected to contend this year and the Chargers are riding an eight game winning streak.  On the horizon for the Cowboys are the 13-0 New Orleans Saints in the Superdome which doesn’t look real good for the Cowboys either.  Long story short, I look at the schedule the Cowboys are playing and don’t buy into the swoon theory.

Where I place the blame is on the coaching staff and head coach Wade Phillips.  In four of the five Cowboy losses, the team lost by seven points or less; true that is indicative of most NFL games but what is says to me is that the Cowboys can not  close out quality opponents in close games. 

The field goal kicker is four of 10 from over 40 yards which is pathetic.  Why does Wade put up with that???  Bill Parcells canned Mike Vanderjagt when he missed a few kicks and he was the most accurate kicker of all time!  Wade Phillips can’t pull the trigger on the hard decisions and it is time to cut him loose. 

With coaching candidates like Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher on the radar screen, Wade Phillips is a liability to say the least!  And oh by the way, send Jason Garrett packing with him…

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