Dallas Cowboys Stampede Of Panic Begins With The Return Of Coach Jones
The Tony Romo Fan Club is now experiencing growth unseen since the days of dating Jessica Simpson and playing golf with Tiger Woods!
Such is the fate of those who, after hating on Romo for more than a decade, must certainly cringe at the prospect of NFL life with Brandon Weeden. Especially after battling through, what to many had to be, nothing more than an exercise in winning futility and the most tantalizing of teases immediately prior to succumbing to inevitable failure.
Sound kinda depressing? Well, not if your name is Jerral Wayne Jones. He can talk Super Bowl for the most talent challenged of Cowboys’ teams and has 2 decades of experience to prove it! But even Jerry might be hard pressed to caress any positive vibes across those 4 billion dollar vocal cords of his. But, who knows? After last night, the frustration might have been so great, vocal cord replacement might be the next item on the personal health care agenda for the aged Owner after watching young veterans fall on the gridiron battle field to be replaced by rookies playing like rookies, especially on the final play.
But on a Sunday night in which most of a NBC Football Night In America national audience was expecting a Cowboys win, Drew Brees led the 0-3 underdog New Orleans Saints to an improbable over time win over an exhausted Cowboys defense. And for the second consecutive week, backup quarterback Brandon Weeden experienced the miserable spotlight of playing to the expectations of the faithful citizens of Cowboys Nation without increasing the number in the Cowboys’ win column. What had been a perfect 2-0 start against division foes and the highest optimism possible in the face of the surviving till the return of Tony Romo from a broken collar bone, has turned into a near nightmare two game losing streak that has all serious and sober fans on the edge of panic. With four time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and fellow Patriots coming to town next Sunday afternoon, the likelihood of that panic turning into a full fledged frenzy seems assured. Even the Governor of the State of Texas is tweeting about the plight of the Cowboys!
So, what will happen prior to the Patriots game? There’s really no telling about Cowboys Nation. But if the previous week following the loss to the Falcons is any indication, activity this week should be even more prominent.
Which means that everybody will be talking.
And where does this talking begin?
You guessed it! From the very top of Cowboys Nation. The First Family, the Jones family of course, has never exhibited shyness when contemplating
any condition of the Cowboys and have never given any indication of being able to define “shyness,” especially when associated with a camera or microphone.
So, with last week as our standard for this week’s prognostications of panic, it’s safe to presume that Jerry and Stephen will briefly vacate their official corporate capacity, and instead, enter the hallowed Cowboys’ position of “Head Coach.”
And what does a Head Coach do if their last name is Jones? Well, Coach Jones does what the Jones Family DNA does best (No, it’s not coaching!). They talk! And they talk! And they talk!
And what does the Coach Jones duo talk about? You are right again! Coaching! (It must be pointed out at this time that “coaching” and “talking about coaching” are not the same.)
Last week saw Coach Jerral Jones and Coach Stephen Jones publicly dissecting every aspect of the loss to the Falcons. But special attention was paid to Brandon Weeden and what he did right and wrong against the Dirty Birds. That same special Jones attention was also paid to the Coaching staff and their preparation of Weeden for the Falcons. The Coaching Staff was not immune from receiving their own critical analysis from both Head Coach Jerry and Head Coach Stephen.
For those wondering about the significance of this critical activity by the Coach Jones Duo, the following caveat is offered.
After experiencing the success of the 2014 season, winning the NFC East title as well as winning a playoff game, many were paying compliments to the Cowboys organization for their return to a football organization run in a genuinely professional manner. There was enough praise to heap upon everyone, even Jerry Jones.
Because, in the words of an icon of a past era of glory, it seemed that, once again, business was being conducted in the right way. Let’s let the words of
Tex Schramm speak.
From the Ask Tex Schramm column as recorded in the September 27 issue of the Dallas Cowboys Weekly from 1975.
- Question: Clint Murchison is one of the most behind-the-scenes owners in pro football. How important was he in the initial phases of growth? It doesn’t appear that he interfered in the initial phases of growth.
- Answer: “One of the greatest assets we had in the beginning was Clint Murchison. He had taken a great deal of interest in the development of the team, and he was in contact with me a great deal because I sought his counsel on a lot of matters. At the same time, he let the individuals under me direct their operations. We had, and still do have, tremendous managerial strength because we have a clear delineation of responsibility, which is adhered to very scrupulously.”
It cannot be stressed enough that the Cowboys Way of the 1990’s that Jason Garrett was attempting to return to since he was hired as head Coach was also the same as spoken of by Tex Schramm. Delineations of responsibility were strictly adhered to, even according to contract, which provided the overall managerial strength necessary to win back to back Super Bowls and, ultimately, three in four years while being named The Team Of The 90’s.
Problems occurred in the 90’s when these delineations of responsibility were not adhered to and personnel began acting in the capacity of other officials. It resulted in the removal of a back to back Super Bowl winning Head Coach as well as the beginning of premature disintegration of a gridiron dynasty that has never returned to its former glory.
With the loss against the Atlanta Falcons and the apparent weaknesses revealed, the two headed nemesis of Coach Jones, Jerry and Stephen, have made their appearance once again. Time will tell whether they abide by the delineations of responsibility necessary to survive this rough stretch and continue down the road of success.
If Jerry and Stephen do not abide by those delineations of responsibility and, once again, begin to act as Coaches………………………………………………..
Then, it is officially time for all sane Cowboys Fans to panic!