The Dallas Cowboys reached a new low point of ineptitude Monday night in front of the entire USA on Monday Night Football, as they were blown out of their own stadium by the Chicago Bears in a game not nearly as close as the 34-18 final score would indicate. Dallas scored a touchdown with under a minute to play and added a two point conversion, after trailing 34-10 in the game’s final moments.
It was a sweet homecoming for Big Sandy native and Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith. His team dominated Dallas in every way possible, as the Chicago defense intercepted a hapless Tony Romo four times and returned a Romo fumble for a score. While not all the picks were on Romo, his play was terrible at best for a good part of the night.
There isn’t a simple answer as to what is wrong with the 2012 team, but one thing is becoming GLARINGLY obvious: Dallas will NEVER win a Championship under Romo, and it is time for Jerry Jones to come to that realization, move on, and draft a franchise quarterback who can deliver. The Romo “work in progress”, though he has very good stats for his career, proves that he can’t consistently win and get his team in the playoffs. He has just three playoff games to his credit, and only one win to show for all his stats during his years at the offensive helm. A quarterback is measured, and rightly so, on his capability to lead a team into the playoffs on an annual basis, as well as the ability to lead a team to victory in the playoffs.
Head Coach Jason Garrett provided few insights as to what happened to his team after the humiliating loss. “I think the story of the game was the turnovers. There’s no question about that. I thought we moved the ball well throughout the game. It was mostly throwing the football; they did a good job of defending the run. We were up and down the field throwing it, but at different times they made the key plays. We got in the red zone and they made an interception that prevented us from getting a score. We were coming out and had a miscommunication between the quarterback (Romo) and the receiver (Dez Bryant) and they got an interception for a touchdown. Tony tried to climb the pocket once, they knocked the ball out and they returned that one for a touchdown, so those were the key plays in the ball game. We got behind three scores in the game and we’re trying to win, so it became more of a one-dimensional game at that point. We were trying to move it and score and just try to stay in the ball game as best we could from the third quarter on.”
Garrett basically had no criticism of Romo when asked about his performance. “He was aggressive at the end trying to get us back into it, so I think that was a case of being overly aggressive at that point. You want to go down there and score, but you want to score as quickly as you can. I thought he was aggressive on those last two interceptions, but the early one was a contested throw to (Kevin) Ogletree, then in the Red Zone on the miscommunication with Dez Bryant and the play where he (Romo) was climbing the pocket and it got knocked out. Those were the big plays in the ball game. They’re an outstanding defense and one of the reasons is they’ve done such a great job through the years of taking the ball away from teams. It was a big emphasis for us, but we didn’t carry it to the game, and I thought that was the story of the game.”
Dallas has their bye this weekend, but one wonders if it will be enough to “right the ship” for this season. At this point, the team doesn’t even look as solid as last year’s 8-8 squad that missed the playoffs.
Things get no easier for the ‘Pokes when they do get back on the field, as they travel to Baltimore to take on Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and the Ravens on October 14th. Baltimore has had a solid defense for years, and they have found a powerful offense to go with it this year. It could well be a VERY LONG SEASON for Cowboys fans this year UNLESS major improvement is made quickly.