After another complete decimation of the Dallas Cowboys, the only question lingering is this:
"How much more will you put the fans through, Jerry?"
I understand you say that you'll stick to your guns and stick with Wade Phillips through the 2010 season, but there needs to be a point where you have to say, "Enough is enough."
Putting this type of product on the field is going to hurt the Dallas franchise more than help it.
I'm not sure if anyone else was watching the game in Dallas, but the seats were looking more and more abandoned as the game went on. If Jerry wants to know what his nationwide fanbase feels about the franchise and the decisions being made, all he has to do is watch the seats at every home game. Fewer and fewer fans are showing up each week.
It makes perfect sense, though. Why would you want to pay the money that these tickets cost to see such a lackluster performance being put on the field, week in and week out? When Tony Romo was hurt in Week 7 against the New York Giants, the defense had one job: Control the game.
They had done that well to start the game off, so all they had to do was to continue. Instead, they saw their franchise QB go down with a broken clavicle, and almost instantly the heart of the defense was lost. Thirty-one unanswered points later and a total meltdown on the Dallas sideline left this team wondering what had just happened.
With journeyman backup QB Jon Kitna taking the reins, it seems as if the team feels that the season is already over. It's showing on the field. While it looks like the penalties are fixed, the effort is still missing. The players are missing passes that are hitting them square in the hands. The tackling is weak, at best. You can attribute at least seven interceptions this season on the receivers and not the quarterbacks. Today was no different, with two interceptions coming off complete miscues by the Dallas receiving corps.
The defense, more specifically the defensive backfield, looks as if it has just flat-out given up. Teams are coming in looking to pick on the passing secondary. DB Mike Jenkins was a Pro Bowler last year. So far this year, he looks like a practice squad candidate. Even Alan Ball is struggling badly at safety.
It's not as if the Cowboys left themselves with many options thanks to some questionable roster cuts to open the season.
Overall, this team looks as if they're showing up week in and week out for a paycheck and nothing more. Playing for pride does not seem to be an option with this team.
So, what can you do to motivate the Cowboys? Coach "Cupcake" doesn't seem to have the tenacity needed to light a serious fire under this team.
I think the entire football world understands Wade will be leaving after the 2010 season anyway, so it is time for Jerry to make that move.
This team needs a new start. They need a new reason to believe, a new motivation and someone else to be giving it to them. I don't believe they'll find their next coach on the current staff, but I believe there is someone who can convey the urgency and the need to win better than Phillips.
For the fans, for what little hope is left in every person who still cheers for the Cowboys or for the people who are still buying tickets in order to support what is left of what was supposed to be a true contender this year, Jerry needs to put this misery to an end and get rid of Coach Cupcake!
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