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An Open Letter to Dallas Cowboys Fans

Robert Franklin

Posted on December 26, 2019 19:02

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Among you, I am a minority. Despite that, there are some seriously hard truths you all must acknowledge.

Dear Cowboys Nation,

Things aren't looking pretty right now, are they? Heading into this weekend, the only way a playoff berth is secured for your 'Boys involves beating Washington and Philly losing to the Giants (neither of those outcomes seems likely). I imagine this is frustrating position to be in, though I can't say I empathize with it, at least as far as the 2019 season is concerned.

But I'm not here to rub salt in wounds, Cowboys fans. On the contrary, actually. Even I -- having grown up with an intense hatred of this team, whose owner is so conceited as to declare them "America's Team," despite the history and tradition of the Green Bay Packers -- am bothered by the predicament the Cowboys are in at Week 17 of this season.

This isn't just underachievement, this is Skip-Bayless-staging-the-disposal-of-a-Zeke-Elliott-jersey humiliating. Going into the season, the Cowboys were not only a post-season favorite, but even considered a possible Super Bowl contender. Established and rising stars in multiple positions. Roster depth. A median strength of schedule.

In August, it looked like everything was in place to make a serious run at the team's first championship since 1995. Even Zeke's holdout was sorted.

Now, the 'Boys are 7-8, at the mercy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

I know you feel the compulsion to blame Jerry Jones for this. Some of you even go as far as to blame Jason Garrett, too. I get it. To an extent, I agree. Your owner is a megalomaniac who thinks he can be a GM. Your head coach is a spineless yes-man. While it may seem like part of that dichotomy may soon be history, it's not going to solve the team's problems.

Firing Jason Garrett is not the magic pill that revives this team, and since it's not like you guys can evict Jerry Jones from his position as owner, blaming Jerry Jones for the team's misfortunes is an easy distraction from other real, tangible issues present in the Cowboys organization.

Like Dak Prescott, who thinks he's worth $40 million per year, but still seems to have trouble reading defenses. Or Ezekiel Elliot, whose rushing is inconsistent this season, though interestingly, an indicator on whether or not the Cowboys will win a game. Or the defense, which is ranked 11th in yards allowed, 11th in passing defense, and 13th in rushing defense, despite boasting one of the best in the league through Week 9.

Since then, the Cowboys are 2-5, with a -3 point differential, which doesn't seem that bad, until you remove the outlier thrashing of the Rams. Minus the Rams game, the Cowboys' point differential during the second half is -26, with a 1-5 record.

Firing Jason Garrett is definitely a start, but it's not the answer. Your players aren't worth their contracts, and this degree of commitment to mediocrity may be the biggest problem that needs fixing in Big D.

Robert Franklin

Posted on December 26, 2019 19:02

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