Same Song – 21st Verse – Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Scatterbrain
Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 2016 is upon us!
As much excitement as this yearly event usually brings all dedicated citizens of Cowboys Nation, we can only hope that the mishap experienced by the Official Dallas Cowboys Tour bus on its fan trek to Oxnard, California is not a sign of things to come for 2016. On the heels of the brutality a 4-12 campaign dished out on all unsuspecting silver and blue admirers, another rendition of playoff failure might bring out the calls for the professional head of one Coach Jerry Jones.
Not that there haven’t been previous calls for such a prominent demise of our favorite Jones to keep up with, but after an unprecedented 20 years of Championship failure, Cowboys fans are detecting the beginning of a trend, a trend usually reserved for the Cleveland Browns or the Chicago Cubs of the Sports World.
So, here’s what the Cowboys are facing this season.
The hopes of all Cowboys fans looking for Super Bowl success ride of the shoulders of an aging, yet talented, quarterback whose shoulders have
already proven vulnerable multiple times of being able to handle the rigors of the impact of NFL Defensive Linemen. Yet, Coach Jones assures us that all is well with Tony Romo for the next 4-5 years. Of course, this same Coach told us the same thing about one Troy Aikman shortly before injuries forced the 3 time Super Bowl Champ to ride off into the sunset of retirement.
The Empire of Coach Jones has just been crowned the most valuable asset in the Global Sports World. Add to that the fact that the jersey of Cowboys First Round pic of 2016, Ezekiel Elliott, leads all others in NFL sales since the draft. OK! We can top that! The NFL First Business Quarter numbers have just revealed that four of the top five in NFL jersey sales belong to Dallas Cowboys. Yes, that’s Coach Jones smiling from ear to ear! The accolades and accomplishments just keep right on rolling in………….right into his ever increasing financial coffers. Never mind that the ring count on his fingers has been stuck at three (3) for more than two decades!
Of course, it’s hard to tell about the draft class of 2016. The first pick, Ezekiel Elliott, shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, if his production comes close to expectations, coupled with the continued good health of Tony Romo, the Cowboys Offense just might be able to cover for a defense that looks rather suspect, at best.
Of course, what may be suspect even more is the Cowboys’ organizational ability to choose players of adequate character that can remain on the field of play rather than rehab facilities to treat and overcome their bad habits. It seems that in the quest to find the right kind of guys, they have, instead, opened the North American Embassy for Jerry’s Ambassadors of Good Will to the Mexican and Columbian Drug Cartels. In Jerry’s World, this is not necessarily a negative.
Time For Truth
Pardon me while I put forth the obvious. It needs to be said, simply because I say it does! After my mini-rant, I’ll feel much better, much better to deal with the fraud that has become Cowboys Ownership and Management.
Training Camp is the time to welcome new players, new coaches, a new season, the new goal of aspiring to the Super Bowl. All things are new at this time of the NFL season. It’s easy to look forward to this newness actually coming to fruition, being worked out in the meeting of these new goals, developing new relationships that give new hope for the future beyond the here and now, but hope nevertheless.
Here’s the problem, a problem that has developed into an insurmountable one for Coach Jones. With all the newness that we enjoy at this time of the year, there’s this leviathan of history ever lurking from the forgettable past. While we recount history and every minute detail, the overwhelming detail that clouds up and unleashes a deluge of negativity is that fact that the single factor in the lack of gridiron success for two decades is Coach Jones.
While it may be said that Coach Jones has learned a few things over the years, such education hasn’t been able to overcome his obvious lack of NFL Football savvy. The same veteran experience has not been able to overcome the overwhelming panache exhibited in the marketing and financial arena, where the Cowboys exhibit unprecedented clout.
Jerry knows Cowboys money.
Jerry does not know Cowboys Championship Football.
While wanting the Cowboys to win, the mediocrity and failure that I have been forced to watch year after year is rather maddening and, ultimately, disheartening. For a Football team to occasionally struggle and maybe be forced to “rebuild” is part of the territory. But to watch a mess on the field with an occasional winning season thrown in the mix is not Cowboys Football. And that’s what Coach Jones has given the World, a mess. Oh, it’s an exciting, glamorous mess, but a mess, nonetheless.
Jerry’s Training Camp Confession
As if we didn’t have enough proof of organizational ineptitude do deal with, the following confession was uttered by Jerry Jones at their Training Camp Press Conference. Jerry glibly admitted that they knew of the coming suspensions of Rolando McClain, Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence on the defensive side of the ball, yet did not address those needs via the 2016 Draft.
Furthermore, Jones defended their organizational approach to high risk players. Never mind the fact that this is diametrically opposite to Jason Garrett’s stated intention to only bring in players of high character.
So, Coach Jones is content to start 2016 Training Camp with a lop-sided team, heavy on the offense (baring certain injuries) and very light on defense.
I wish I had more positive news to report, but Coach Jones has been at work.
However, this one hope.
Miracles do happen! After all, Coach Jones has three rings to prove it!