If you’re a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and can’t get ‘it’s the Jets dude’ out of your head, you’re not the only one. After three wins to begin the season, the Cowboys have reverted right back to the underachieving team they’ve been for years.
The disappointment this week was losing to the previously winless Jets. For the third straight week, the Cowboys were an embarrassment.
New year, same Cowboys. The talent level is there, but the team still isn’t able to live up to expectations. Despite doing everything they could to keep and obtain quality players in the off-season, the same type of mistakes and decisions continue to haunt the Cowboys.
Yesterday, once again, it was a mixed bag of drops, dumb penalties, head-scratching play-calling and missed opportunities (looking at you Brett Maher). Michael Gallup had two drops, Jason Witten had one, Blake Jarwin added one and Ezekiel Elliott had one for good measure. The Cowboys were not sharp for a second consecutive week in the first half, despite telling us they were going to get it all fixed last week. That was not the case.
What was the case was more first and second down runs, even when behind the chains. It’s the same stubborn approach to play-calling on offense that has plagued the team for years. There was no variation or creative play-calling that was around for the first three weeks of the season. Even Tony Romo noted the offensive game plan had Garrett’s fingerprints all over it. Why wouldn’t you let the guy who everyone calls an offensive genius in Kellen Moore design and call the game?
It’s not just on the offense either, it’s the defense too. The stubborn approach for rotating linebackers, especially in the second half of games, is an issue. So is not playing your best players. It’s evident to everyone who watches games that Jourdan Lewis is the team’s second-best CB, yet the coaches pigheadedly stick with Chidobe Awuzie and Anthony Brown ahead of Lewis.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The Cowboys have been doing the same thing for years and they are getting the same results.
All the Cowboys had to do was beat the Jets to get back on the right track. A 4-2 record looks much better than 3-3, and the way the team is playing has been extremely disheartening.
At this point for the Cowboys, it’s not just disappointing, it’s sad. The Cowboys had such high expectations, but they just don’t know how to win consistently. It’s a team that we’ve tried to deny exists, but it’s become obvious, the franchise is incapable of success. There’s too many examples in the past 20 years to argue anything else at this point.
Every time you think the Cowboys have turned the corner, they remind you they aren’t ready to take the next step. New season, same disappointing Cowboys.
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