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.
YES JORDAN FUCKING MATTHEWS FUCK YOU COWBOYS FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU YEAAAAAAAAAAAA FUCK THE REFS AND THE COWBOYS
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?
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.
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.
Green Bay Packers v. Dallas Cowboys 1/11/2015 - NFC Divisional Playoffs
Dez caught it.
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.
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.
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.
Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving
En una agencia libre muy callada de parte de los Dallas Cowboys, como es costumbre, lo más interesante hasta ahora se revuelve alrededor de un talento increíble en la línea defensiva: David Irving. El joven de la línea defensiva de Dallas recibió un tender de segunda ronda (con un costo de casi tres millones de dólares) de parte de los Cowboys, lo cual significa que vestirá la Estrella Solitaria un año más... ¿o no?
No, no es tan sencillo.
A diferencia de la etiqueta franquicia que recibió DeMarcus Lawrence hace unas semanas, un tender permite a un jugador recibir ofertas de otros equipos. Si Irving llega a recibir una oferta externa, sin embargo, los Cowboys tienen la oportunidad de igualarla.
Pero no sólo eso, sino que si no quieren igualar la oferta, pueden dejar ir al jugador y en cambio, el otro equipo tiene que compensar a los Cowboys con una selección de segunda ronda. Así como el tender de segunda ronda que se le otorgó a David Irving, hay tender de primera ronda o tender de "selección original."
Sin embargo, Irving no fue seleccionado en el NFL Draft, así que esta última opción hubiera tenido poco sentido.
Ahora, pensando en el 2018 y una temporada ya incierta, nos sentamos preguntando: ¿No valía la pena cubrir a Irving con un tender de primera ronda? Al final de cuentas, sólo hay aproximadamente un millón de diferencia entre ambos. Irving es un jugador lleno de talento, y podría llegar a estar entre los mejores en su posición próximamente.
Sin embargo, si somos honestos, es una buena decisión de la administración. Irving ha tenido sus cuantos problemas y quizá este tender ayude a definir su valor en el mercado. Si ningún equipo alrededor de la liga se atreve a ofrecerle un contrato, los Cowboys mejoran su posición en las negociaciones y quien sabe, quizá consigan un acuerdo más amigable para el equipo.
Además, si un equipo decide llevárselo... ¿qué tan malo sería?
Con el pick #19 en la primera ronda del Draft de la NFL, no están en una posición muy cómoda. Como bien algún jugador talentoso como el DT Vita Vea o el WR Calvin Ridley pueden caer a las manos de Stephen Jones, Will McClay y compañía, bien puede estar vacía la tabla.
Con jugadores como el S de Florida State Derwin James o el LB de Georgia Roquan Smith, deberían considerar realizar un trade para subir algunas selecciones y llevarse a uno de estos talentos que no estarán disponibles en el #19.
Con las selecciones globales 19, 50 y una segunda ronda extra que conseguirían por Irving, es fácil visualizar a este equipo dispuesto a hacer un movimiento así el día del Draft.
A pesar de una mala temporada en el 2017, los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que están cerca de ser contendientes.
Cowboys Free Agency: FB Keith Smith Signing with Raiders
The Cowboys have lost an important role player from the offense as fullback Keith Smith is reportedly signing with the Oakland Raiders.
The #Raiders and FB Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a 2-year worth $4.2million, source said.
Smith, who has been with Dallas for four seasons, was the team's fullback the last two seasons. He started as a linebacker after going undrafted in 2014.
Whether on offense or defense, Keith has been a regular part of the special teams units. The Cowboys' previous special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, just left this offseason to join the coaching staff in Oakland. That is a likely cause for Smith heading to the Raiders.
Dallas elected not to give Smith a restricted free agent tender, which made sense given his position. Even the lowest tender of $1.9 million would have been too rich for a part-time player.
Even with Keith gone, Dallas may not need to sign a new fullback. Backup RB Rod Smith has experience in that role. They could also use tight ends James Hanna or Geoff Swaim.
Fullback is obviously not the position it used to be in the days of Daryl Johnston, but there are still times you need that lead blocker out of the backfield. Given their reliance on the run game and the success that Ezekiel Elliott had with Keith Smith, Dallas will have to find a solid replacement plan.
Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?
It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.
I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:
- The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
- The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.
There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.
It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.
In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!
There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.
I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.
I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.
It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.
There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.
Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?
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