By the time the third quarter had ended against the New England Patriots the entire Cowboys’ Nation was sounding the alarm calling for a regrouping of the troops.
So many fans wanted to believe the hype that Jerry Jones spewed out about what a great passer that Brandon Weeden was and how his second season with our beloved Cowboys had him prepared to lead this team. I even wanted to give Weeden the benefit of the doubt after I called for his replacement last season.
When Dez went down in the first game with a broken foot, I thought, OUCH this is painful, but we can survive this. Tony Romo can find his other receivers and make it work until Dez is back. Then, we lost Randy Gregory to the worst kind of ankle sprain, the dreaded high ankle sprain, which can take nearly as long to recover from as a broken foot.
In the second game, we lose our Sheriff. Tony Romo takes a hard hit in the backfield and has his left Clavicle fractured. To the credit of the Cowboys’ Nation, we still held faith. We all wanted to believe that even with these early losses that this staff had the next man up and ready to replace our leaders.
The defense, with Sean Lee back, was counted on to hold down the fort until Romo and Dez could return to duty. Sean was lashing out a pounding to the opponents, but also took his share of damage. This damage resulted in Sean missing almost three quarters of the New Orleans Saints game. In his absence, Drew Brees dissected the middle of the Cowboys defense, resulting in a second straight loss.
In the New England game the Cowboys had Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain joining the troops, and though their presence was definitely felt, it was not enough to overcome the teams’ lack luster offensive performance.
The team and its fans were feeling the strain of going from a 2-0 team to a 2-3 team in the absence of our Stars.
After two games of playing the Dink and Dunk game, the Nation was getting pretty tired of seeing this offense sputter. However, the coaches felt Weeden gave the team the best chance at winning against the World Champs.
Defenses were able to stack the box and blitz knowing that Weeden was not comfortable throwing the ball downfield. It was not only the Cowboys’ Nation, but it was also Jason Garrett, who had never lost three games in a row in his tenure with the team as head coach, that understood the team had to do something different.
Enter the Bye Week.
Jason Garrett and the rest of the Nation had seen its share of the present group failing to lead the offense to the end zone. The offensive line had not been as stout as they were last season. The defense was just getting two key players back and change long since due was in the air.
Garrett announced to the entire world that recently acquired quarterback Matt Cassel was ready to take command of the offense and drive this team to pay dirt. Along with this announcement came the second notice that Ronald Leary was being unseated by rookie free agent La’el Collins. It has also been made evident that Christine Michael will be given more opportunities to run with the rock, since competition for carries will be to the benefit of the entire team.
More good news has arisen during the Bye week. Second round selection Randy Gregory should be joining the team for the upcoming New York Giants game. Gregory has already met the teams’ next opponent, Eli Manning. This addition will help keep Greg Hardy fresh, which will help with the pass rush and keep Eli Manning running for his life. One other major issue that needs to be addressed is the lack of takeaways by our defense.
When things aren’t working, make a change. Garrett has committed the team to major changes during the Bye Week. There are even rumors circulating about Dez being nearly ready to get back to the practice field. A change of momentum is badly need to get the Cowboys back atop of the NFC East.
The Panic Button has officially been pushed. The bugle has sounded. Reinforcement troops are on the way and it is high time that this team gets back to playing like the Dallas Cowboys we know and love.
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