Last night I watched an all too familiar sight as the Cowboys let a game firmly in hand slip out of their grasp. But this loss really seemed to sting more than so many others because blame can be laid at the feet of just one player; Tony Romo.
I would love to blame our young and inexperienced offensive line, but they did a great job. Sure, Romo felt some pressure, but not near as much as I expected to see coming from a Rex Ryan defense. They didn’t have an outlandish amount of penalties called against them, and the speed of these young players was refreshing to see.
I would love to blame our defensive players who had limited time to adjust to a brand new and very complex defensive scheme, but they also did a great job. They kept the Jets offense essentially out of the game for almost the entire first half. The DBs came into the game banged up and questionable, but did a good job keeping Sanchez’ offense from exploding. They played with a ton of heart and it was inspiring to see.
I would love to blame the coaching staff for calling bone headed plays that leave fans scratching their heads, but they too did a great job. Jason Garrett was very smart in setting a fast pace from the opening series. He called quick, simple pass plays and effective runs that didn’t allow too much time for the Jets’ D to adjust. Granted, Garrett seemed to move away from this strategy as the game went on, and I don’t understand why one would ever change something if it is working. But he still called a good game for the situation and had the Dallas Cowboys firmly in command.
I would love to blame fluke plays and situations like the blocked punt for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. But honestly, the wheels had already come off at that point, and I truly believe that had the punt been fielded, the Jets would have just driven down and scored anyway.
No – this loss is all on Romo and he knows it. He said as much in his post game interviews. He said the right things like “I have to do better” and his teammates are standing behind him. But really; how many more times do we have to hear Tony Romo say “I have to do better”?