Sunday evening in Dallas the Cowboys bandwagon that had a sign on it that said “Arizona or Bust” not only came to a halt, but it suffered four flat tires and was robbed by a bunch of guys wearing blue uniforms that earlier in the season had been the Cowboys whipping boys. Yes, it’s a dark day in Dallas, where the talk this week was about a showdown next Sunday between Tony Romo and Brett Favre for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Today the talk has shifted to failure, a coaching staff that will for sure be broken up, and a vacation in Mexico that provided enough distraction to fall 21-17 to the Giants Sunday.
Some have already contended that too much has been made of the Romo/Simpson romp to Mexico on the teams days off two weeks ago. Now that the Cowboys have laid the egg it represents the ammunition to Cowboys haters to fire at Romo for his immature antics off the field. Sure, almost all players bring their girlfriends or wives to the games, but most don’t date women that are on tabloid magazines what seems like half of the weeks of a calender year. This is not to say that Romo can’t date who he wants, but he has to know that dating someone with the exposure of Simpson comes the obvious talk of his head not being in the game. It seemed that way Sunday on more than a few plays to say the least.
As for the rest of the failure Sunday, terms like overconfidence, lack of focus, flat, and just plain lazy have already been thrown around. Let’s face it, this Cowboys team that was running over everyone (minus the loss to the Pats), was not the same team that took the field Sunday. Over the last month of the year the team had only gone 2-2, with a narrow escape of another notch in the loss column to the Lions. They played nowhere near as well as they did earlier in the year, and one has to wonder if reading their own headlines finally caught up to them against a hungry Giants team that seemed to play as if they had nothing to lose.
So let the bashing begin. Dallas players, coaches and fans will have plenty of time to think about what went wrong on Sunday, and what didn’t go right in the last month of the season to allow this collapse to take place. For now, it’s going to start and end with their leader – a quarterback who will be at the forefront of the wrath of the media and fans around the country. He will have lots of time to try and avoid the beatings he’ll take over the next few weeks in papers, on the internet and on talk shows – maybe he can hide on a beach in Mexico.