Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com
Jerry Jones refused to speak to the media after the Cowboys soiled the carpet against the Titans Sunday. And really, what else is there to say about this team? The Double J isn’t going to tell you anything you don’t already know. This is the second time this year that the Cowboys have lost a game directly thanks to brutally timed and breathtakingly stupid penalty. In Week 1, it was Alex Barron’s holding call. Yesterday, it was Marc Colombo’s end zone spike that led to the big kickoff return. Both plays never would have happened if this team had anything resembling a brain in its head. It is a remarkably dumb team, perhaps historically so. And now, more than ever, is the time to ask if they’ll EVER get smarter, particularly with Wade Phillips at the helm.
I don’t buy the old Parcells axiom of, “You are what you are.” These Cowboys are 1-3, but it’s clear to me that they’d be 3-1 if they had a better coach than Phillips running things. I don’t think many Cowboys fans would disagree. You only need to look to DC to see what a difference a real coach makes. This is a team that oscillates every play between looking like a potential Super Bowl winner and a potential Sun Bowl loser. You don’t achieve that kind of wild inconsistency without having a bad coach at the top. That’s not a fluky thing, particularly now that we’ve seen Wade coaching this team for this long.
I’m here to tell you now that the Cowboys, as presently constituted, will NEVER play smarter football on a consistent basis. Oh sure, they may rip off five or six straight wins and manage to snag a playoff spot. But you and I both know there’s another Wade-led festival of idiocy lurking somewhere else down the pike. It doesn’t matter if Romo looks good next week, or if Felix Jones finally starts ripping off 100-yard games, or if the defense pitches a shutout. It won’t hold, because this team isn’t well-coached enough to prevent periodic meltdowns, regardless of opponent or situation.
So while Jerry Jones may be all patient with Wade Phillips and happy that there’s a coach out there willing to let him put his smudgy fingerprints all over everything, at some point Jerry will have to sit down and confront the fact that, with Wade in charge, this team is NEVER winning a Super Bowl. Ever. Guaranteed. And he’ll have to consider whether it’s worth having a little puppet coach at his beck and call if it means never achieving his ultimate goal. I think that, very soon, Jerry will decide it isn’t. If Dallas loses to Minnesota next week, Wade’s a goner.
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