Leadership, Will, and Desire Play Major Role in The Cowboys Struggles

Jacob DuttonContributor IDecember 18, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Tony Romo #9 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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The seen has been the same for over a decade for the Dallas Cowboys. America's Team either has a horrid regular season and not even have a chance at making the playoffs, or have a moderate or great season and not even make it past their first playoff game.

Many eyebrows have been raised on why this team just can't put it all together to make a valid Super Bowl run. They have the speed and talent to beat almost any of the other 31 teams. Their running game is incredible with three very talented running backs. Tony Romo is, as of now, a good quarterback, but not a great one.

Then you look at the receiving game. Roy Williams hasn't been the guy this team expected him to be. He has made key drops and a few fumbles. Miles Austin has proved he has big play potential, but hasn't proved to anyone that he is a worthy possession receiver. Jason Witten can speak for himself. He will hardly ever drop a pass and always seems to be open.

The Cowboys defense has great talent all over the field. With Terrence Newman leading the secondary and rookie Chris Jenkins getting better with time, they look like they can cover practically any receiver, but at times this secondary seems like they just quit.

DeMarcus Ware is an incredible talent at LOLB. Then that leads to the defensive line. Jay Ratliff has come out of the wood work to become one of the most talented nose tackles in all of football. Marcus Spears has also proven that he can get the job done.

Now with all of this talent, why cant these guys pull it together? The answer is leadership and desire. When you look at the Cowboys, you ask yourself, "Who is the leader of this team?"

The obvious answer would be Tony Romo. But what has he done to deserve this title? Sure he has won games, but very few big games. He has never won a playoff game and doesn't seem to be able to win when it matters.

Then Wade Phillips is the next obvious Candide. But his passive style could be the problem. At times, it doesn't seem that he gets "fired up" as much as other coaches do.

If the Cowboys are going to win in December and make the playoffs, someone is going to have to step up and become a leader. Wade Phillips is going to have to step up and say "We are going to do this my way, and thats how it is going to get done."

If he can do this, the Cowboys could work their way to a playoff win. If this team could just win their first playoff game, more could come. Its a high mountain to climb. But if they can do this, Dallas could get motivation and possibly work their way to a Super Bowl in the coming years.