So what went wrong and where do the 'Boys go from here? As usual, everyone is calling for TO's head, as if it were somehow TO's fault that everyone else on the offense couldn't hold onto the football againast the Eagles or that the defense which had played so well just collapsed in the season's final two weeks. The fans and the media have this need to lay blame somewhere and TO just makes himself much to easy a target. But as an unapologetic TO defender, I've just got to scratch my head. Tony Romo choked at the end of the season not for the first, not for the second, but for the third time in his brief career. This isn't Peyton Manning struggling to overcome good defenses on his own, this is a guy who literally seems to be a shell of his warmer-weather self as the weather turns cold. Yet rather than worry about Romo and whether the Cowboys can win with him, we're worrying about TO- I heard from several different people on ESPN radio today that the Cowboys should get rid of TO, along with Roy Williams, and just go from there.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. TO is a great, game-breaking receiver, who may have a big mouth, but always plays hard and has undeniably fantastic numbers. A good team will find a way to work TO's skills to their benefits. A bad team or a team with too many big egos will use TO's mouth to help excuse their own self destruction. But let's be serious for a minute. TO had another 1,000 yards this year and another 10 TD season, the 8th time in his career he managed that feat. And he opens his big mouth about wanting the football, and now, after that disaster in Philly, the team's offensive play calling. As I started out by saying, teams don't lose games because people open their mouths. Generally, teams don't win or lose on much of anything their receivers do, unless it's catch big balls or drop key passes. Teams lose because of bad coaching and crappy quarterback play.
Speaking of bad coaching, it's now rumored that wonder-kid Jason Garret is being considered for the Detroit job. I might think twice if I were the Lions. I'm sure Garret has a future in the league, but he didn't do a very good job of managing all that talent this season. Really, the Dallas offense this year, after a flourishing start, settled into mediocrity for most of the season, with flashes of brilliance few and far between. I'm not sure what you do if you're Dallas- Given Garret's performance this season, I don't think the Cowboys can justify promoting him and firing Wade Phillips. I think you either keep them both and give them another shot or else get rid of them both. Of course, there's no guarantee Garret won't go somewhere else.
But mark my words- parting ways with TO won't make the Cowboys better.