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As we all know by now the Dallas Cowboys lost an absolute heartbreaker to their bitter NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, in a primetime game at Jerry World with future playoff implications on Sunday night. I think I speak for all of Cowboys nation when I say, "at the time, I can't remember a game that hurt as badly as this one did."

Jerry World, Philadelphia Eagles, heartbreaker, and loss.

That's just plain and simply the worst, and on top of that, Eagles fans act like they've never won a game before.

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However, after watching Jordan Matthews go over the goal line, run past the star and chuck the ball up into Cowboys Nation while it seemed like thousands of Eagles fans roared in glee, it's clear it wasn't the first time we've seen a narrative similar to this one before.

That brings me to a guy whose name not only brings joy to our lives whenever we hear it but also sounds like the owner of your local Italian restaurant. Antonio Ramiro Romo. Miss him yet, Cowboys Nation?

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How about now?

Yeah, I do too. But while Tony Romo should go down as one of the most clutch Quarterbacks this league has ever seen, he also will go down as the Quarterback responsible for some absolutely gut wrenching and heartbreaking losses over the years.

We at Inside The Star figured it would be a great time to rank the top 5 most heartbreaking losses of the Tony Romo era because this is as low as it's been in years for Cowboys Nation. While reliving these moments will be hard for all us, this will make watching Tony Romo and our Boys finally hoisting that Lombardi trophy over their heads that much more bittersweet.

So let's get this over with...

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 12/12/2011 - Week 14

Well, this one was brutal, and against Eli Manning and the Giants no less.

The Cowboys had 2 things go their way in this one and that was Sean Lee bringing in a great interception and Mario Manningham dropping that ball. Aside from that, it was the Giants getting some dumb luck and Eli Manning chucking up prayers off his back foot to convert a critical 3rd and 1.

Oh and Brandon Jacobs dancing like an absolute dunce on the star was chill.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d824f8893/GameDay-Giants-vs-Cowboys-highlights

 

Washington Redskins v. Dallas Cowboys 12/30/2012 - Week 17

Of all of the week 17 debacles the Dallas Cowboys had over the years, this one is by far the worst and most heartbreaking. RGIII running in for a score, Dan Snyder cheering in his skybox like a buffoon, Dez walking gingerly off the field, and Romo throwing that gross interception late were all equally cringeworthy.


Tough to top this one, but alas there are 3 more that are easily worse.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000119790/GameDay-Cowboys-vs-Redskins-highlights

 

Green Bay Packers v. Dallas Cowboys 1/11/2015 - NFC Divisional Playoffs

Dez caught it.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000456807/Divisional-Round-Cowboys-vs-Packers-highlights

 

Seattle Seahawks v. Dallas Cowboys 1/6/2007 - NFC Wild Card Playoffs

I remember watching only the second half of this one at a friends house fresh off of a hockey tournament game I had played earlier that evening. I have been a Cowboys fan since day 1 Cowboys Nation, but this game right here was where I really grew close to the team that I love and I'm sure some of the younger fans are right with me.

This one speaks for itself, though, and anyone who has followed the NFL or hated the Cowboys knows what happens in this one. I'll let the highlights speak for themselves.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000274664/GameDay-Cowboys-vs-Seahawks

Good thing Martin Gramatica laid a key block.

 

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 1/13/2008 - NFC Divisional Playoffs

I know this list may cause some controversy, but this is by far the most heartbreaking loss the Dallas Cowboys have suffered on Tony Romo's watch - hands down.

Die hards of Cowboys Nation know that this was supposed to be "our year." The Giants were just the little kid with an ice cream cone at the beach on a hot day, and the Cowboys were one of the O'Doyle brothers just passing by.

Just one year removed from the terrible heartbreak the Seahawks handed the Boys, this just pushed the stake in our hearts even further.

Highlights:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000274661/GameDay-Giants-vs-Cowboys

That wasn't so hard was it, Cowboys Nation? Ok, yes, it was. But you know what? One day the Dallas Cowboys are going to raise that Lombardi Trophy over their heads in victory once again and we are going to look back at all of these moments and just smirk.

You wanna know what else?

Antonio Ramiro Romo is going to be the first to raise it.


Former hockey player from Orlando Florida who has an unprecedented desire to write and talk about sports every single day. The Dallas Cowboys were my first love in sports and I continue that relationship to this day. Hit me up on Twitter! @H_Brock7 #InRomoWeTrust

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Urban Meyer Says He’d “Absolutely” Take Cowboys’ Head Coaching Job

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Urban Meyer Says He'd "Absolutely" Take Cowboys' Head Coaching Job

Typically, when a coach is asked about a potential future coaching job that is currently occupied, he'd never openly admit to eyeing that position. He'd dodge the question, lie, and say he's enjoying his time away from the game at the moment.

Former college coach Urban Meyer, however, was extremely clear in how he feels about the potential opening at head coach in Dallas with the Cowboys.

Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd asked Urban Meyer outright if he would take the job if offered, and Meyer made no mistake about it.

"Absolutely."

While it feels to me like Meyer is breaking some sort of unspoken code between coaches with these comments, it wouldn't be the first time he operated in shady waters.

But I digress.


Of course, Urban Meyer had incredible success at the collegiate level. He won multiple national championships and did a lot of winning at multiple programs. In addition, he was the college coach of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who the team just extended with a monster contract. Meyer also won with quarterbacks who can utilize similar skill-sets to Cowboys starter Dak Prescott, something Jerry Jones and company would want to see in any potential head coaching candidate.

With all that being said, though, it's important to mention the Cowboys head coaching job is not open. At least not yet.

Jason Garrett's contract expires at the end of this season, and unless he can make sure that he continues coaching this team through January, it's seeming increasingly likely that this will be his final contract with the team.

Garrett's Cowboys face their biggest test of the season on Sunday night, with the Philadelphia Eagles coming to Arlington and looking to take first place from their grasps.

This will be the first step of many that Garrett will need to take if he wants to keep the Urban Meyers of the world from coming for his job.


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QB Dak Prescott Confident Cowboys Can Right The Ship Sunday

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Dak Prescott is a warrior.

The Cowboys starting quarterback has spent his entire NFL career proving doubters wrong. From fourth round compensatory pick to Pro Bowl quarterback and the leader of America's Team, Prescott has come a long way in just four years. And he hasn't gotten here by giving up nor giving in.

This week, to put it lightly, Prescott's Cowboys are in a tough spot. Having lost three straight games the Cowboys have fallen back to earth quickly, and now sit tied for first place in their division with this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. They're also only a game up of the 2-4 New York Giants, who are favored at home against the Cardinals this very Sunday.

Dallas has to have this one at home. And despite the team's recent struggles, Dak Prescott remains confident that his bunch can get it done.

"We're right there," Prescott told the Dallas media Thursday, "We’re a good team that hasn’t been getting it done."

Prescott certainly isn't incorrect in his evaluation. He and this offense were flying high the first three weeks, and although they've taken a step back in recent games they still sit 2nd in offensive DVOA this season.


They have gotten off to slow starts in each of their last two losses, however, scoring just 9 points over their last 4 first half quarters. This first half output is unacceptable, but Prescott remains confident that the Cowboys are going to get things right on Sunday.

The biggest factor holding the Cowboys back? According to Prescott, it's themselves. Dak also told the media that the offense just needs to "get out of our own way," referring to the penalties, sacks, and general mistakes this team has made in seemingly every key moment during this losing streak.

Luckily for Dak Prescott, he should be getting some reinforcements to protect him from the Eagles fearsome front. Both La'el Collins and Tryon Smith have been active at practice this week, and even wide receiver Amari Cooper remains optimistic despite not practicing yet since his quad injury.

It feels like Cooper will likely be out on Sunday, but increasing their help across the offensive line will be a massive boost for this offense.

Still, in the end, it's the Cowboys defense which needs to step up and play better than they have on Sunday. Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense have been strong in recent weeks, and they are looking to take over first place in the NFC East in primetime.


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Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Status de Jason Garrett

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Estamos aquí de nuevo. Con los Dallas Cowboys y un récord de 3-3 después de seis semanas y tres derrotas consecutivas, el Head Coach Jason Garrett es la conversación principal entre aficionados de los Cowboys. Tras iniciar con el pie derecho esta temporada, las cosas han tomado un giro muy desafortunado para el equipo.

Desde que se convirtió en el head coach del equipo en 2010 (cuando se volvió el head coach coach "interino"), los Cowboys de Jason Garrett tienen un récord de 80-62 (56.3%) en temporada regular y un triste desempeño de 2-3 en postemporada. Tiene un premio de Coach del Año en 2016. No hay manera de negarlo... Algunas cosas han sido buenas durante la era de Garrett.

Sin embargo, no ha sido lo suficiente. Los Dallas Cowboys siguen buscando su ansiado regreso al NFC Championship Game y por supuesto, al Super Bowl. Año tras año, el equipo "se ha quedado corto." De todas las estadísticas que pueden definir lo que ha sido Jason Garrett en Dallas, mi favorita es la siguiente: En la era de Garrett, los Cowboys no han estado en los playoffs en años consecutivos. Insisto, buenos, pero no lo suficiente.

Will, Should Jason Garrett be Coaching for His Job vs the Eagles?

Este 2019, los Cowboys están en riesgo de perderse los playoffs esta temporada. Este domingo pelearán por el liderato de la división contra los Philadelphia Eagles en lo que debe de ser uno de los duelos del año. Ambos equipos tienen talento y han decepcionado tras sus primeros seis partidos. Los dos tienen una oportunidad de remediar sus defectos. A pesar de que empezaron con una marca de 3-0, Cowboys se encuentra en modo de pánico rumbo a la semana 7.

Tras perder contra los New York Jets - quienes no habían probado la victoria antes de enfrentar a Cowboys  - la afición vaquera llegó a conclusiones a las que ya ha llegado anteriormente. "¡Jason Garrett se tiene que ir!" "Ahora si no terminará esta temporada en Dallas." Y más.

Pero, ¿en qué riesgo está realmente Jason Garrett? Los Cowboys han estado en situaciones similares antes, solo para mantener a Garrett a la cabeza del equipo. El año pasado, Dallas llegó a tener un récord de 3-5 antes de terminar la temporada con diez victorias y un pase a playoffs. Una y otra vez, la directiva ha confiado en Garrett.

Pero ahora la diferencia es fácil de identificar. Este año, los Cowboys tomaron una decisión a consciencia de no extender a su head coach. El simple hecho de estar bajo contrato de un año significa que está en el denominado "asiento caliente." No importa lo que los Jones digan en la radio. Las acciones dicen más. Si Jerry Jones dijera la verdad cuando dice que ni siquiera ha pensado en ello, Garrett tendría un contrato más amplio.


No hay que cuestionar la culpa que tiene Jason Garrett de la situación actual del equipo. La planeación de juego ha sido claramente un problema, con un plan ofensivo que cambió drásticamente tras las primeras tres semanas, renunciando a la agresividad y al play-action que tanto les había funcionado. El equipo una vez más ha demostrado no estar preparado para cada partido, iniciando lento en cada uno de ellos esta temporada. Y por supuesto, no han sido capaces de superar la ausencia de jugadores clave como Amari Cooper, Tyron Smith y La'el Collins. El coacheo ha sido incapaz de compensar la falta de estos jugadores.

De que hay un problema en la cabeza del equipo, la hay.

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Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports) 

Pero en caso de que Jason Garrett fuera a ser despedido, ¿cuándo llegaría la noticia? Sería una sorpresa que ocurriera como muchos lo han sugerido: a media temporada tras una derrota ante Eagles. Por supuesto que aún no sabemos quien se llevará la victoria este domingo por la noche, pero asumamos lo peor por un momento.

Si bien caer a un récord de 3-4 sería difícil de superar, los Cowboys aún tendrían esperanza. Si la tuvieron hace un año con tres victorias y cinco derrotas, también la tendrían esta temporada. Más aún si consideramos que sus jugadores terminarán por sanar y regresar a la alineación. En tal caso, el talento será mucho como para quedarse sin victorias.

Mientras los Cowboys tengan vida esta temporada, muy probablemente Jason Garrett continuará con el control. A pesar de las frustraciones de muchos respecto al head coach de Dallas, no veo al equipo renunciando a Garrett a media temporada. Menos aún considerando que no hay una opción para reemplazarlo en seguida.

Y finalmente, aún queda otra alternativa. ¿Qué si los Cowboys terminan jugando en enero? Al final de cuentas, no es nada descabellado. Este equipo podría darle la vuelta a su temporada rápidamente y llevarse la división, incluso si no ganan contra Philadelphia. Pero digamos que terminan en playoffs, ¿cuánto es suficiente para que Jason Garrett se gane el derecho de quedarse al mando? Sin duda alguna, su trabajo esta en riesgo. Pero contar con que lo perderá si los Cowboys caen en la semana 7 parece prematuro.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Status de Jason Garrett" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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