Another epic Dallas Cowboys collapse.
Screaming. Cussing. Temper tantrums.
Was this the scene of a reality show? Or the sidelines of a team frustrated by yet another emotional letdown?
With :12 seconds remaining in today’s loss to the Detroit Lions, the cameras weren’t shy in covering an altercation between Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and DeMarcus Ware.
In a rather heated exchange, Ware, inactive with a quadriceps strain, had to separate Witten and Bryant, and then took his turn in scorning the animated receiver. Ware grabbed Bryant by the collar of his pads to calm him down so he could finish the game.
On the positive side, it’s good to see the trio display such passion. But in the end, this passion wasn’t enough to change the end result.
Since 2010, the Cowboys have lost 11 games by three points or fewer. The word finish just isn’t in their vocabulary, or in their nature. These gut-wrenching losses happen all too often for a team trying to reach that consistent level of success.
Certainly, there’s going to be some tough questions to answer at Valley Ranch this week. But who’s to really blame here? and is there a way to fix the monumental collapses that happen at the end of games?
There’s no easy answers for anyone, and actually i’m not sure there is a concrete solution.
All I know is that the Cowboys must find a way to finish, or these altercations will eventually boil over and divide this team. After today’s loss, one could see the shock in Tony Romo’s eyes, the frustration and anger in the body language of Witten, Bryant, and especially in a rather docile Ware. 62 seconds from a 5-3 record, a three game winning streak , and heading home to face the Minnesota Vikings, things were supposed to be looking up, but definitely not now.
The team has now given the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Redskins a new hope for life in the NFL’s worst division. Somehow, at .500 (4-4) the Cowboys are still in sole possession of first place. This won’t last long though if they can’t find a consistent mindset to close out games.
Inconsistency is the Cowboys’ notorious middle name. Since Jason Garrett has taken over as head coach the team is 25-22 (.537) and since 1997 the team is 132-132 overall in regular-season games.
They must find a way to develop a tougher mindset, and that starts with Garrett, Romo, Witten and Co. The superstars must find a way to get on the same page. And these emotional altercations have to stop. They have a chance to right a rather quickly sinking ship as they face a struggling Vikings team at home next week.
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