MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys stiff arms Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Witten;Chad Greenway
Well, here we are again, the Monday after a miserable Cowboys loss. Which means it’s time to tap into that well of bitterness that was surely filled yesterday afternoon, pick a scapegoat and hurl rotten verbal tomatoes at them. There’s no shortage of candidates this week, so let’s get to it:
*Tony Romo. Romo once again had a solid stat line, but it all went for naught, due in part to two interceptions. Fair or not, the quarterback has always, and will always be judged by wins and losses, and Romo is 1-4.
*Miles Austin. Austin had an uncharacteristically bad day on Sunday, with two catches for 12 yards, and two seemingly avoidable penalties--an unsportsmanlike conduct, for leap frogging Roy Williams in the end zone after a touchdown, and an unnecessary offensive pass interference that negated a 68-yard touchdown catch.
*Dez Bryant. Bryant let a crucial, fourth quarter pass slip through his hands. Had he caught it, on 3rd and five, the Cowboys would have earned a first down. Instead, they were obliged to punt. The next time the offense got the ball, it was with 13 seconds left on the clock.
*Joe DeCamillis. We count ourselves as fans of DeCamillis in general--and we shudder to think of the Bruce Read era of special teams--but Coach Joe’s unit has been bad. For the second consecutive week, Dallas’ sails were deflated by a long kick return--this time for 95 yards and a game-tying touchdown to open the second half.
*Wade Phillips. Phillips is a weekly candidate in The Blame Game, and for good reason. A lack of discipline, a shocking inability to correct mistakes from week to week and a losing culture are all characteristic of the Dallas Cowboys in 2010--and usually, they suggest the need for change.
*Jerry Jones. Jones hired this hitherto ineffective regime. Plus, it's fun to blame him for things.
There are your candidates, sports fans. Now, it’s your turn. Who gets the lion’s share of the blame for Dallas’ week six loss to Minny? One of these guys? Or did we miss someone?
All yours in the comments section.
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