Too Much Pressure In “Big D”
The Cowboys are a team loaded with play makers such as Miles Austin, Demarcus Ware, Jason Witten and the very under rated QB Tony Romo, and yet, they haven’t been able to make the playoffs since 2010 and only won one playoff game in the last nine years. The Cowboys are the epitome of under achievement. They are a team that just can’t handle the pressure. A team that folds when the playoffs are around the corner.
Instead of owner Jerry Jones helping the situation, he contributes to the problem. During this off-season, he signed Tony Romo to a huge contract which had many NFL analyst’s head’s spinning. Romo received a six-year contract extension worth $108 million with $55 million guaranteed. And if that’s not enough, Jerry Jones makes a statement saying that Tony Romo is going to play less golf and become more like Peyton Manning. If you ask me, Jerry Jones has a way of getting inside his players heads and not in a good way, especially Tony Romo’s. Tony Romo is an above average QB. He has the stats to prove it. What keeps Romo out of the “elite” category, is his clutch gene, or lack thereof. I can’t help but wonder how different he would be on another team. Away from Jerry Jones’s clutches and away from America’s Team.
At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Jerry Jones announced that he was going to make changes. and that he did. He fired his Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan and hired Monte Kiffin. This will enable the Cowboys to go from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3 scheme. This change might be the only good thing Jones did this off-season. Kiffin, a seasoned defensive coordinator, might just be able to bring a calm to what has been a tumultuous team. But than Jones goes on to announce that Bill Callahan, the offensive coordinator, will call the plays. Jones announces this in the same breath he uses to say that he has total faith in Jason Garrett and that Garrett is in no jeopardy of losing his job. As if Jones is trying to give confidence to the man he just completely emasculated.
I know that there are more inefficiencies in the Cowboy’s organization, they have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, which also impairs Tony Romo from being more successful, and their running game is questionable, to say the least. But if you ask me, the ring leader to the Cowboy’s downfall is owner Jerry Jones himself, and the pressure he puts on his team.
Wake up Jerry Jones. If you want your team to succeed, keep your mouth shut and let a well oiled machine do the job it needs to do on its own
- Stefie Cohen