In the midst of all the overhyped rubbish and melodrama heard this season, the Dallas Cowboys are still faced with absolute anxiety. The celebration of their 50th-anniversary is beginning with a disappointing loss, a contest in which the storied franchise was ineffective against its archrivals the Washington Redskins, committing careless miscues that defines the Cowboys as America’s Most Overrated Team. At the beginning of a spirited quest, the ultimate intent was escaping the suburbs near the nation’s capital with a win and mustering assurance in a bitter territory.
If there is any optimism long-awaited fans rely on this particular season, it’s clearly because the Cowboys are playing with much at stake, and realizes Super Bowl XLV is played in their domain. This year, already, America’s team is greatly anointed as a superior franchise, widely projected as one of the premier teams to win the NFC Championship and advance to the biggest stage at home. But, of course, it’s too premature to judge whether or not the Cowboys are making such a transition and reforming into elite contention.
With the notion that this team isn’t mentally or physically built to scare or even petrify opponents, it’s simply the most overrated franchise in America, an overhyped organization worshippers praise for its mystique, legends, and elegancy, and well, riches. It’s almost mutual we live in a country that disdains the heart and pride of traditionally the star logo, especially when it has merely signified failure over the last few years as the subpar Cowboys either suffered a regular-season heartbreaker or a postseason letdown.
It doesn’t take a genius to fathom that Dallas, the much-scrutinized pro franchise in the country, is disrupted by dismay and lingering soap operas without even measuring up to standards. Although it’s only one week, the Cowboys aren’t America’s team, but a sense of belief is still in existence. He wore a Dallas cap backwards on the sideline and stood nervously waiting to return on offense and change the complexion of a dramatic game between a pair of hostile rivals.
Surely, Tony Romo is used to hearing all the criticism after a devastating performance, unworthy of the hype for excelling only once in the postseason, which came last season when he finally won his first playoff game as the starting quarterback. It wasn’t beautiful, a 13-7 primetime loss Sunday to rival Redskins, but they almost pulled off a miraculous defeat in a jaw-dropping bout. If there was one noticeable flaw, the Cowboys weren’t cohesive on offense and unwisely committed penalties in the game.
In my mind, Jerry Jones knows his team is a working progress and also knows they aren’t ready to likely contend for a title, unless they make vital improvements in the upcoming weeks and strengthen the vitality to be a potent team with a strong mindset. You can see why the Cowboys have only had very little glory in the last few seasons, known for collapsing in the month of December and dropping a bundle of games on the schedule to miss the playoffs. You can see why Romo takes the blame on the team with strong expectations and demands.
If something frails, then Romo is responsible greatly for any miserable meltdowns, and plays with tremendous work ethic and a desirable outlook on the game to tensely lead an equivocal offense that normally stumbles late in the season. Much has been made over a probable revival, but as much as you’d love to see the Boys return to charming fashion at home, it seems Dallas won’t ignite a party in their backyard after all.
Thus, the languished era doomed the Cowboys they are aiming to overwhelm the population at Cowboys Stadium. But it’s common to think that they are faced with adversity when owner Jerry Jones invested $1.3 billion in stadium creations, a well-designed and colossal palace built as the world’s largest venue with limestone rocks and fritted glass. And these days, with modern technology, the building has a humongous high-def screen. It’s fittingly a nice site for the sporting festivities, and better yet, it would be perfect for the Cowboys to host the Super Bowl at home come Feb. 6.
But as we revered the beloved team, perhaps we badly overstate Jones’ business and overlook a longtime nemesis, including the state of a well-balanced NFC East division. The problem is that Jones stuck with head coach Wade Phillips, whose soft, low-key demeanor dismantles chemistry. There’s not enough inspirational leadership or unity, when a weak-minded coach has much authority and doesn’t inspire mental toughness. As the Cowboys lacks toughness and empathy, Wade is derelict and his personality isn’t fittingly perfect for a franchise in need of compatibility and motivation. So there were the Cowboys trailing by six on the final play of the game when Romo orchestrated a drive at FedEx Field.
It was certainly an awful penalty down the stretch when a yellow flag decided the outcome of a heartbreaking defeat on a play Romo stepped forward to avoid the sack and connected with a wide open Roy Williams. Few believe the Cowboys are the most talented team in the NFL, but in perspective that’s an unknown assessment.
The assumption is that Miles Austin, who caught an electrifying pass in midfield for a 30-yard gain with 12 seconds remaining, is evidently Romo’s primary target. Not to argue that he has other offensive weapons in a loaded receiving core with Williams and Dez Bryant, a rookie who potentially is an impact player and has the stamina and quickness as a top receiver. However, the Cowboys are a different team without Patrick Crayton, traded to the San Diego Chargers for financial deputes and without Flozell Adams.
There were feelings that they were destined to win, but uneducated offensive coordinator Garrett unfortunately blew it for the Cowboys. There are times we can actually fault the quarterback, especially if he makes a costly throw that is easily picked off or botches one on a fumble.
But this time, Garrett is at fault in a predicament where he unreasonably called and designed a passing play to cost the Cowboys. With four seconds left in the first-half, Romo fired a short pass to Tashard Choice and it allowed Redskins versatile cornerback DeAngelo Hall to strip the ball, recover the fumble and return it for a 37-yard touchdown.
Neither team played well.
This game specifically was about momentum and turnovers. The clumsy mistakes demoralized the Boys. The awful play calling doomed the Boys. And the final minutes killed the Boys.