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How Bout Them Cowboys

At this point, does Jerry Jones even care if he wins or loses?

November 06, 2018 - 9:31 am
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Final score from Monday Night football:

Tennessee: something

Dallas: something less than that

Normally I’d give you the final score, but I’m not really sure the Cowboys even care. I know exactly what I’m saying: saying a player or a team doesn’t given a damn is about the worst thing you can say about a player or a team. But it’s pretty hard to argue that they do, when they’re allowing this to happen:

That’s Titans safety Kevin Byard picking off Dak Prescott in the back of the end zone and celebrating it by running out to the star at midfield and going TO 49er celebration on it. 

Except unlike TO, absolutely nothing happened. Nobody gave him the George Teague treatment. Nobody obliterated him and sent a message. It was just a change of possession. Nobody did jack.

And even Byard was shocked: “I just ran to the star to celebrate. I was actually expecting somebody to knock my head off. Then we just started dancing. I was like, if we get to the 50, if we get enough guys to the 50, we are just going to start dancing on the star.”

No one did jack. And pretty much no one with a star on their helmet bothered to even show up for the game, which begs the question: how the hell do you no-show, coming off a bye week, in prime time, in a game you have to have, against a sub. 500 team.  I don’t remember ever being less impressed with the Cowboys than I was watching them lay down last night. Tennessee walked into their house, punched them in their face, sat down, and made it their house. And the Cowboy players need to won that. But not nearly as much as the head coach and the owner do.

There was a time where Jerry Jones seemed like the most competitive owner around. That he was going to do whatever it took to win a Super Bowl. Fast forward to now and I’m not even sure he thinks about the Super Bowl, except to wonder about when he can host it next. Because he sure as hell doesn’t seem to have any interest in winning one.

What makes me say that? Look at his coach. Jason Calvin Garrett. 

You get off to a 3-5 start in your eighth full season, it’s a reasonable question to wonder how much pressure is on Jason Garrett. I mean, he has only been to the playoffs twice, lost both games he coached, and this is a team that is supposed to value winning above all things, so he has to be in the owner’s cross hairs right. There’s no way a guy as competitive as Jerruh is going to tolerate that type of mediocrity, right? An embarrassment like last night and a season that may have already slipped away, means Jerruh is going to step in and stop the hehomrraging, right? He needs to run his coach before they bleed out and die, right? Wrong. Ehhhhh! Jones says no. And speaking for Jones, I say hell no.

Never mind what he should do right how, I’m going to tell you what Jerruh will do, right now. Not a damn thing. He’s stuck with Jason Garrett this long, you think he’s really going to make a move right now? No chance. I’m never looking to take food off another guy’s table or cost someone their job, but do you really think Jerry has even considered firing Garrett? No chance. 

The only time he’s ever fired a coach mid-season was when he canned Wade Phillips for, wait for it….Jason Garrett.

So unless Jerry Jones can somehow find a way to fire Jason Garrett and replace him with Jason Garrett, there’s no way they make a change. 

Jerry also told the media after the game that: "I very candidly didn't see this coming. I thought we would be sitting here with a positive result. This is a surprise to me and is a setback. Now when you're halfway through the season, losing a ballgame in the NFL, if that causes you to be deterred or to not think that there's a future ahead of you, then you've picked the wrong world to operate in. That's not the life we've chosen."

If you didn’t see this coming, you’re the only one. And you didn’t watch any of the games before this. This is exactly who the team is and this is exactly the life you have chosen. 

I know you went out and overpaid for Amari Cooper and thought that would jumpstart the offense. And for a moment, it looked like it had in the first quarter.

But Cooper ended the game with 5 catches for 58 yards, the team ended the game with 14 points, and zero in the second half. Hardly an offensive explosion. 

Now the team is 3-5 and on their way to yet another losing season. But it’s not just a losing season. Those aren’t unusual in Dallas. It’s a lost season. And a lost franchise.

Was it really only 2 years ago that they went 13-3 and had two of the most exciting rookies in the league in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott? 

Because that is one hell of a boring team right now. And they still have Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Or at least they have two guys wearing their jerseys.

Because Prescott looks like a shell of himself. And Dak Prescott looks like anything but a franchise quarterback at this point. He’s just a guy. Just a guy who can’t take care of the football: he had two more crushing turnovers that the Titans turned into 14 points. The Cowboys simply are not good enough to overcome those types of mistakes. And at this point, Dak isn’t good enough to stop making them. And Elliott went from a monster to a guy who might run for 100 yards or 60, it just depends on the day. 

There are a ton of problems with the Cowboys, but the biggest is the fact that Prescott has regressed in a major way. He went from being a sure-fire franchise quarterback to a turnover machine who sometimes doesn’t even look like an NFL starter. 

If there was ever a reason to dump Garrett, it’s that. 

They’re getting closer to the end of Prescott’s rookie deal and they don’t know what they have in him. Is he a franchise quarterback? Or do they need to go find another one? Do you pay him or do you dump him?

If only they had a head coach who was a former quarterback and alleged offensive guru who could help develop him. Oh, wait, they do. And it’s not happening. 

Look, if I wanted a head coach to mentor a guy on how to clap, Jason Garrett is the man. Nobody has a crisper, sharper clapping game in the NFL than Jason Garrett. And don’t forget about his gum-chewing. That clapping is so good that you can easily sleep on his chomping skills, but my dude can get after a stick of Juicy Fruit like nobody’s business. 

When it comes to clapping and chewing, he’s nails. But developing a quarterback and leading an offense, that’s not really his thing. In fact, coaching really isn’t his thing.  Leading really isn’t his thing. Winning really isn’t his thing. And that’s as much as the guy who put him in that spot and just left him there, as the guy himself. 

At this point, does Jerry Jones even care if he wins or loses?  Because either way he’s making bank so even when he loses he wins. And if he really did care, he would have already done something about Garrett; and since he hasn’t, it’s fair to wonder if he ever will.