|Posted on September 15, 2011 at 12:10 AM|
COWBOYS 4 LIFE! SUPERBOWL BOUND!
The Dallas Cowboys should be 1-0. They know it, the football viewing public knows it, and even though they won't and can't admit it, the New York Jets know it. However, the cold, hard reality is they are 0-1, doomed by three disastrous mistakes in the fourth quarter of their crushing 27-24 loss on opening night. While the scenario may seem all too familiar, the Cowboys are marching to a different tune, led by their new bandleader, Head Coach Jason Garrett.
In the moments following the heartbreaking defeat, Garrett praised his teams effort and their overall play. He pounded home the message that if they continue to play the way they just had, they will be a contender this season. Eliminate a couple mistakes, and they'll have success. For three quarters, he reminded his players, they had outplayed the tough talking, chest pounding Jets on their home field in front of a national audience.
"The approach was right. The preparation was right," Garrett said. "We didn't handle the situations as well as we needed to, and we lost as a result of that. Hopefully, it can be a great learning situation for our whole football team and we'll move forward."
His players believe him, and his message.
"We feed off of our head man and his message," Keith Brooking said. "His message to us (after the game) was pretty simple. He was proud of our effort and the way we fought. He wouldn't trade any of us for anybody out there on the streets or on any other team. … There's not a guy in here that wasn't out there last night just fighting and biting and scratching and bleeding and giving it up for the team. That's going to take you a long way in the end."
Jason Witten agreed with the positive outlook.
"We let that one slip. We'll be better because of it."
Another reason to be positive is the favorable schedule the Cowboys have. The next three games are very winnable. This upcoming week, the Cowboys should dominate a weak San Francisco squad. A slip up in Frisco throws everything out the window, so it is a must win even this early. Two home games follow, with Washington and Detroit visiting Arlington. While both teams looked good in their openers, the Cowboys must win their home games and establish an advantage they did not have a year ago. A 3-1 record going into the bye week will put them in a great position to contend the rest of the way. With future home games against Buffalo and Seattle and road games against Tampa Bay and Arizona, the Cowboys could get healthy on weaker teams. The six games against division rivals will be battles no matter what state each team is in, but with the Giants likely in for a down year and Rex Grossman leading the Redskins, the Cowboys must take advantage and pick up as many division wins as they can. The Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC East and beating them once, much less twice, is going to be a tall task for the ‘Boys.
A true test for Rob Ryan’s new defense will be October 16thin New England. Tom Brady and the Pats started off the season in record-breaking fashion and could easily pick apart the Cowboys injury riddled secondary. Coming off a bye week, Ryan has two weeks to adjust and readjust to the potent offense the Patriots have. He might need even more time. But outside of the Patriots and Eagles, the Cowboys are not facing the elite teams. No Packers or Saints. No Steelers or Ravens.
So, as the coach has made clear, all was not lost Sunday night in the swamps of New Jersey. Article by Joseph Pepitone
COWBOYS 4 LIFE! SUPERBOWL BOUND!
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