Dallas Cowboys – what’s going on here?

Pat

So I said in the coming days I would look at the underachieving NFL teams and the overachieving ones as well and try to figure out what’s gone wrong and/or right with these teams. Everybody seems to love to analyze the Dallas Cowboys, so I will get this one out of the way. I’ve looked at the roster and depth chart to see who’s doing what statistically. I’ve analyzed the coaching staff, specifically the Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator, and of course the General Manager to see if he has hired the right people in these jobs and brought those coaches the players to get the job done. The big failing grade here goes to them all. At a 7 and 7 record, this has to be considered another lost year for the Cowboys. The first one that has to go here is the General Manager and Owner Jerry Jones. Jerry has stuck by Jason Garrett, Bill Callahan, Monte Kiffin and Quarterback Tony Romo because when he fires them it will be admitting that he has continually hired the wrong people and that he is easily one of the worst five General Managers in the NFL.  Philosophically, this team is terrible. They have no balance on offense, even though he has a talented running back, so he puts all the pressure on Romo, who folds under that pressure time and again.  Because he is offensively minded as a GM, he spends all his money on offense and does not have enough talent on the defense to get the job done. The Jerry Jones team philosophy for this team is a big loser and he needs to fire himself as GM and hire a good one.  He says he will never do this, but I believe that when the fed up fans finally quit coming, he will have to make a sensible change to improve his team.

Masha

I agree with Pat that the primary responsibility for the Dallas Cowboys’ performance failures ultimately lies with Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones as the Owner/GM is the worst case scenario. It’s like a physician treating himself for cancer. He’s so close to the situation that he can’t see the problems and instead sticks “loyally” with combinations that are not successful. No one has enough power at this point to challenge his decisions, and those that seem to have tried to challenge him have been dismissed from the organization. Until Mr. Jones steps back from the GM role and allows another viewpoint to enter into discussions, the Cowboys will continue to default to their pass-oriented, “seizing defeat from the jaws of victory” pattern they have languished in for years. I don’t believe for a second that Mr. Jones’ ego will allow him, declining fan base or not, sensible decision or not, to allow an actual GM to make decisions for the Cowboys organization.

NFL Week 15 picks

Masha

We’ve been picking NFL games for a long time and betting our favorite things as a reward. This year, we changed the format a bit and went to a season-long total, rather than a week to week total. Here’s our Week 15 picks, and, to the best of my swiss-cheese memory, it is the only time we’ve selected only one game differently from each other. Thanks Romo, for making my pick the best ever…

Week 15
Chargers     Broncos Pat Masha
Redskins     ATL Pat Masha
49ers Pat Masha    TB
Seattle Pat Masha    Giants
Eagles Pat Masha    Vikings
NE Pat Masha     Miami
Bills    Jaguars Pat Masha
Texans    Colts Pat Masha
Bears Pat Masha      Browns
KC Pat Masha     Raiders
Jets      Panthers Pat Masha
GB Pat      Cowboys Masha
AZ Pat Masha   Titans
NO Pat Masha   Rams
Bengals Pat Masha    Steelers
Ravens   Lions Pat Masha
After tonight’s game, we’ll add the wins/losses into our total. Through Week 14, Pat = 124-83-1, Masha = 120-87-1. Oh, and a special thanks to Jerry Jones for being the best GM ever. (Wish there was a special font for sarcasm…)