Well we know first hand that there appears to be rumblings of disatisfaction amongst the Cowboys as of late. Much of this has to do with players Patrick Crayton , Roy Williams and the perennial self centered it’s me and no one else but me Terrell Owens. All three players happen to be part of Dallas’ offensive arsenal of wide receivers.
Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo is sacked by Steelers’ defensive player James Farrior for a loss of yardage on the play in the game played in Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. The Steelers would go on to defeat the Cowboys 20-13. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Paul McCambridge …..
And for a team that has in some people’s eyes this season has underperformed. The why’s and wherefore’s as to this latest reverberation has got many wondering who’s minding the ship ? Insomuch as we had owner Jerry Jones questioning the resolve and courage of his running back Marion Barber. Due to the fact that the player wasn’t suited up in the team’s 20-13 loss 3 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It adds to the situation if we’re now going to see this team melt down right before our very eyes again this season ?
A somewhat somber look on the face of Wade Phillips after his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers which now leaves the team on the cusp of the wildcard entrants looking to make the playoffs in the NFC. The Dallas Cowboys were projected as a Superbowl contender and favorites to represent the NFC. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Rogers ……………..
The NFC East as a division is viewed as the NFL’s elite and with the New York Giants(11-2) seemingly running roughshod over their opponents in and outside the division this season. It can be said that Jones and his gaggle of high profiled players must feel somewhat aggrieved that the limelight doesn’t seem to be on them. That’s unless one counts the off the field incidents and antics of cornerback Adam Pacman Jones this seaon ?
Tashard Choice(23) of the Dallas Cowboys tackled for a loss by the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu during the fourth quarter in the game played at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh , Pa. picture appears courtesy of getty images/Gregory Shamus ………………..
The Cowboys for their part have proven how invaluable a player quarterback Tony Romo is to their cause. Without him on the field as their signal caller they’re at best just another bearly above average team. With him being out for a number of games due to injury. It was left for the team to be guided by journeyman Brad Johnson. Yes the same Brad Johnson who guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in the Superbowl over the Oakland Raiders. That being said Johnson for his part has proven that all that glitters is not gold. He’s merely a player whose best days are behind him instead ahead of him. And with the erstwhile virtues and presence of Jason Garrett as the team’s offensive coordinator. Even Garrett knew that he was in for an impossible task. Owens for his part hasn’t come out and directly pointed a finger at his quarterback but he’s clearly prepared to make it known that the fault if any is not his as to the inconsistencies of the team.
Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger evades the tackle of the Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James(56) whilst teamate Greg Ellis looks on. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Gregory Shamus ……………………
So what is now troubling is the fact that Owens along with the sortie of Crayton and Williams are now seeking to question the play calling of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. And the very fact that tight end Jason Witten is getting even greater productivity and action in terms of the plays on the field. For his part the coach Wade Phillips sees the situation as nothing more than the players placing their own input as to team strategy. Whatever concerns there might be one can clearly see that the soap opera setting that surrounds Terrell Owens never wanes. If he’s not part and parcel of getting the attention on the field. Then more certainly than not he’s bound to make sure that he’s part of it off the field. But most definitely not necessarily for the wrong reasons. That being said what other player within the NFL at this moment in time can be equally as annoying as he is brilliant ?
Tony Romo attempts a pass to wide receiver Terrell Owens during the game played against the Pittsburgh Steelers. picture apears courtesy of getty images/Gregory Shamus …………………
Owens for his part has had somewhat of a productive season thus far but that being said they’re obviuously not in line with the expectations of the player himself. Fifty five receiptions on the season, with 9 touchdowns and 848 yards receiving to any other player that would equate to a productive year. But for Terrell Owens he may well be view it as being sparse given his undoubted and considerable talent. With that being said if he’s now about to implode when the team are in need of him most. Then it doesn’t augur well for the remainder of the season with just three games remaining for them salvage some semblance of success. At (8-5) the Dallas Cowboys sit second within the NFC behind their fiercest rival the New York Giants. And seemingly on the outside looking in the team now must maximize their potential and play above their ability. The playoff race amongst the teams in question looks as if it will turn into an outright dogfight. It doesn’t help the Cowboys’ cause that both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are still in the picture within the division. A failure to make the playoffs at this point would be an immense disappointment for the franchise. And with them moving into a new multi-billion dollar state of the art edifice next season. The ramifications of that alone would be felt. This season now comes down to the do or die attitude of the team and not merely about the wiles of one player who feels that he’s not being best served by a teammate or the offensive coordinator.
Tight end Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys dives in order to make the first down in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers played in Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Gregory Shamus ………………………..
The underlying problems that this team has is a lack of real leadership on or off the field and it’s cohesiveness if any is but an inconsistency of highly overpaid players. Who when they’re at the best play exceptionally well but when faced with adversity they tend to cower like children who are afraid of the dark. If it’s one thing that can be said of the Cowboys they’re no different from any other professional sport’s franchise with grandiose ideas but who as of late haven’t lived up to their past success. Jerry Jones would have you believe that the franchise is the only show in town and that the NFL would be the worse off without them. But when as a franchise you’ve not won a postseason game in almost a decade and counting. Is anyone really concerned with what you’ve got to say let alone that of a player who knows that his own window of opportunity is quickly closing for the one thing that covets above all else. And that’s a Superbowl ring. Owens may well think of himself of winner but until a team that he plays for lifts the Lomardi trophy. He’ll merely be viewed as nothing more than a malcontent who craves the attention of all be it on or off the field of play.