Of all the certainly numbered adjectives applied to Sunday afternoon’s loss to Chicago, which sent the Dallas Cowboys to 0-2 and scrambling for answers, one would imagine that “helpful” is not one of them. But, according to receiver Roy Williams, the team may emerge from their current 0-2 morass all the better for it.
"With two losses, it’s going to help this football team," Williams said, per ESPNDallas.com. "Bring us back to earth. It’s going to help us stay level-headed. Hopefully this is a lesson well learned for this football team."
Maybe, but there aren’t many new faces around Dallas who were absent from the 2008 season, when the team coasted into the season anointed as odds-on favorites to win the NFC and failed to so much as make the playoffs. That, if anything, was a study in underachievement, and really, it wasn’t that long ago.
This isn’t to say that Williams’ comments don’t make sense; they surely do.
The point is that, if Williams’ comments are accurate, what this says about the Cowboys before (and after) an ugly upset loss to the rival Washington Redskins, is pretty bad. In fact, remembering the Washington game, it’s almost inconceivable that the team could emerge with their egos unscathed and still out of whack--resulting, if it really is an issue of mindset, in an even uglier performance against Chicago, at home.
Whether a matter of ego or not, it’s unfortunate that the team took two regular season games--this after a miserable preseason--to realize that perhaps they wouldn’t be able to summarily roll over any team less talented than they on paper. Because now, their 0-2, and heading into a game against Houston on the road--a team that, if not better than Dallas on paper, stacks up pretty well.
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