Things seemed to be in place for the Cowboys last year. America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, were destined to make it back to The Show. After posting an impressive 13-3 record in the regular season, the Cowboys rode into the playoffs on the back of Tony Romo, the new charismatic, wonder boy of the NFL who passed for 4221 yards and 36 touchdown passes, along with owning 97.4 passer rating, something that Hall of Famer Troy Aikman never accomplished.
Everything seemed to be in place, with the likes of arguably the most fear receiver Terrell Owens as the primary receiver, the dangerous rushing attack of Marion Barber, a very controlling back, and Julius Jones, an agile back with speed. Adding in a defense that includes all pro safety Roy Williams, and Demarcus Ware to steady to Defensive line. This was the Cowboys year.
Things were not what they had been perceived to be, to say the least. In the divisional game of the 2006-2007 season, Romo botched a field goal snap, eliminating the Cowboys from contention. This was right after Romo had put together a very Montana-like drive, that would've moved Unitas roll over in his grave. As he sat there on the turf of Texas Stadium, he look strangely reminiscent to a boy who had just been informed his dog had died. Completely heartbroken.
Romo and his Cowboys spent the offseason working out, in hopes of being in tip top shape of getting that title that they had seem so close to receiving. They signed Adam "Pac Man" Jones to a contract, and later he got reinstalled by commissioner Richard Godell. This was to go along with him playing nearly flawless corner for the first 5 games of the 2008-2009 NFL season. This fairy tale, however, was not to be as he would get in multiple off the field troubles, leading for his indefinitely suspension from the game.
Currently, the Cowboys come into week 8 posting a 4-3 record, while struggling to stay above .500. Clips of Terrell Owens venting his frustration, along with the ESPN ticker running news that Pacman has checked in drug rehabilitation and Romo's broken pinkie have been the story of the 2008 campaign for the Cowboys. Under achievers and bone heads.
Its up to the Cowboys to choose their fate and destiny. However, if the Cowboy's are to be "America's Team", like back in their glory days with Aikman and Emmitt, they have a lot of work to do and a lot of maturity levels to go up. This is no the same team as last year. They lack heart, not talent.
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