For the last two or three seasons the Dallas Cowboys have been crowned the greatest team in the land by many critics. Clearly, Jerry Jones thought that the Cowboys were one or two ingredients away from the big show. I must admit, the Dallas Cowboys look great on paper. Unfortunately, you actually have to play the game. That’s when the Cowboys don’t look so good.
This brings me to the disaster that happened Sunday night. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys defense were AWOL. Since their humiliating defeat in their new stadium, there has been some finger-pointing.
“Well, for one thing, I don’t know why on God’s Earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League,” Dorsett said. “Tony is very young in his career. Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson.
“But the thing is this: you have a guy who hasn’t done much and quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them go through this growing curve. He hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden. Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies.
“But, he’s a good player who’s still learning how to play in the National Football League and I think the media has given him too much credit for doing nothing. He hasn’t done anything really in the National Football League to deserve all the recognition and visibility that he’s gotten so far.”
Then, there’s been some whining —
“When you make mistakes on plays that you’ve made so many times over and over, for the first time in my life I felt like I second-guessed myself, I thought too much and I didn’t play with much confidence,” Scandrick said. “It just felt to me like I couldn’t do anything right. I have to put that behind me. For whatever reason, I didn’t have myself prepared and I didn’t play well.
“It’s one of those things that you have to get over. You can’t let it linger. We have a game coming up here a week from today. Personally I’m going to have to find a way to get over it and come back next week and bounce back.”
“That’s completely wrong,” Gurode said, “and I’m going to address that. It’s not Tony’s fault at all. He cannot take complete blame for a game that a team plays. We have his back. He has our back. We’re not going to allow him to take full blame for this game. We’re going to strand up, play well next week and hopefully get a victory.”
Even though Gurode didn’t think Romo should shoulder all of the blame, he said it spoke to Romo’s character that he would.
“He takes a lot of things personally,” Gurode said. “I know you guys don’t see it from our perspective, but h e takes a lot of things he does wrong very, very hard. I can’t just imagine how he felt last night when he went home. You see the guy today, pat him on the back and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to correct our mistakes and get better.'”
Whatever, just play good football and nobody has to get the blame.