Dallas Cowboys: A Calamity in Big D, As Team Is Pushed To Brink in Minnesota

Jason Henry@thenprojectCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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This Monday morning Jerry Jones is probably having problems getting out of bed. The team that he owns, the Dallas Cowboys, fell to 1-4 after a tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday.

After Jones finally peeled himself from his king-sized bed plastered with satin sheets, he probably took a long, hard look in the mirror before trashing his bedroom like an old-school hard rock band would do to a hotel room.

The Dallas Cowboys haven’t started 1-4 since 2001 when current secondary coach Dave Campo was the coach and Quincy Carter was the starting quarterback. The difference between that team and the 2010 version is expectations, talent and a certain football game being played in their home stadium.

The 2010 Dallas Cowboys have gone from Super Bowl-contenders to Super Bowl-spoilers. They currently sit dead last in the NFC East and have a tough division game next week against the New York Giants.

But what happened yesterday in Minnesota that put the final nail in the Cowboys coffin?

The Cowboys committed 11 penalties for 91 yards in their contest against Minnesota with at least two of them being drive-killers.

Cowboys star wide receiver Miles Austin caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Romo, but the touchdown was negated due to a questionable offensive pass interference call on Austin.

But penalties and just plain undisciplined play have plagued the Cowboys under Wade Phillips, and over the past few weeks, Dallas has finally succumbed to the mental errors.

Last week it was a celebration penalty and this week they committed another one. Against the Titans, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins committed two key pass interference calls on the first drive, and this week Jenkins was again flagged for pass interference.

At this point in the season, the Cowboys have raced past the point of no return. Their main problems aren’t with offensive ineptitude or lack of defensive talent, it’s strictly leadership.

Their head coach Wade Phillips said that he was OK with celebrations after the Cowboys were flagged for it last week, and he obviously didn’t prepare his team for that possibility against the Vikings.

Mistakes, errors and penalties have completely unraveled this once-promising squad of football players. Jerry Jones is lost, Tony Romo and wide receiver Roy Williams are frustrated, and Wade Phillips is sitting on a coaching seat that’s burning so hot the devil couldn’t stand it.

In the end we all had to see this downfall coming. An old offensive line, a team that routinely makes mistakes and a head coach who deserves the title of defensive coordinator rather than lead dog.

Sorry, Cowboys fans, it’s just not going to work out.

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