I’ve been a fan of the Cowboys for 10 years. I have studied Cowboys history a great deal and consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable. However, studying doesn’t produce emotion.
This was my first season in which the Cowboys won a playoff game. It was the first season I watched a team play with intensity and heart.
Now I know losing to the Minnesota Vikings the way we did isn’t sitting well with most of you. The fact that Tony Romo fumbled and threw the ball away a good bit has some of you wondering if he’s the real answer at quarterback. Another question among you may be something about the safety’s and if that situation will ever solve itself.
I know that you’re agreeing with this and you know what parts coming up, but please hear me out.
Yes, this is a step back, but we’ve taken three steps forward. This team has finally come into its own—it’s finally learned that a team is a family and when you win and lose, you do it together.
It’s much too early to start over, it’s too soon to call Romo a bust (who’s played brilliantly this season by the way), it’s too soon to say that Wade should be gone, and it’s certainly to soon to say this defense isn’t a unit that can win championships.
The draft will bring us some new faces and so will free agency, and some players will go (Marcus Spears). You can bet some players will be packaged in a deal (We’ve got our eyes on Martellus Bennett and Marion Barber) but ultimately this is the unit that will bring wins and losses.
So as I sit here and rewind, think to the future, and put together the formula for a championship, I can’t help but think we’ve got most of the pieces.
Add a spectacular safety here, a future blue-collar middle linebacker, and some depth in the trenches and you’ve got a team that is built to win.
If you’re like me then you’re sitting down depressed and looking for any reassurance or optimism about the coming season. Hear me now, believe that these Cowboys are for real and they are not done. The schedule is tough next year—but it’s not un-winnable.
So as we take a step back—after a few steps forward—lets see where Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips lead us next before assuming it’s the end.