We all at one point have said to ourselves, "Hey, the Dallas Cowboys, this is their year." The funny thing is, as the season progresses we learn that the Cowboys are going to be that very same team they were for the past three years. An excellent team, with all-star players in almost every position, that continues to fail every single year. It really comes down to three main problems the Cowboys have been facing every year, and more than likely, for years to come.
How on earth can a team with as much talent as the Cowboys not win games? The answer is, poor coaching decisions. Not only in play calls, but in every single aspect of the game, from recruiters all the way to medical staff. Wade Philips, who was been the head coach of four other teams, the Falcons, Bills, Broncos, and the Saints. He has been to the playoffs in total six times. So really he is not that inexperienced in high pressure coaching situations. But how many has he won? Drum roll please, one. One single playoff game. The truth being that Wade is just not the right fit for the team, now playing not only as head coach but as the defensive coordinator, it is more than anything a recipe for disaster.
2. Team Chemistry
The huge pickup for the Cowboys in the 09-10 season was obviously Roy Williams off the Detroit Lions, and they paid dearly to get him. You would think that Romo would be able to connect with the deep threat, or even short slant patterns. For some reason Romo+Williams=Fail. Not only does Williams drop easy first down passes, but Romo overthrows/underthrows him constantly. Another problem that seems to be failing the Cowboys is there defensive communication. With Newman, Ware, Brooking, all on the same team, you would be led to believe that they have a turnover/blitzing defense that is the best in the league. Wrong, the Cowboys did not even get one turnover until week 3, off a tipped pass thrown by Jake Delhomme. In that same game, week 3, the Cowboys also had their first sack of the season. With star players there should be no reason it takes them 3 weeks to not only get a turnover, but one sack!
3. Forget About The Past
Tony Romo and every Dallas fan will never forget the sad day when he dropped the field goal hold that lost them the game in the divisional playoffs. Now even though everyone says Romo chokes in the playoffs that is totally false. Sure he throws interceptions just about as much as any quarterback in a playoff game. But his overall rating in postseason play is 92.3, overall making him very reliable. Now that the Cowboys have successfully won a playoff game against the Eagles this last season, the loss streak in the playoffs has now been broken. They can put that behind them and move on. Another problem every current Cowboy player faces is the past success of previous Cowboy players. In the Troy Aikman day and age the Cowboys were captains of the field, now Romo is trying to fill the hole that Aikman left for him.
What this team really needs to jump start them is a Superbowl win and a nice big ring. Not only will it give the team a whole new energy but it will also hopefully balance out all the other problems. My advice to Jerry Jones is clean house in the coaching section and bring in some younger coaches to not play quite as conservatively.