FRISCO, Texas — It is a very easy query with out a very easy resolution. A minimum of for the Dallas Cowboys’ entrance workplace, coaches and avid gamers.
How has this took place?
This being 6-7. This being a 2nd three-game shedding streak this season. This being a trainer’s activity safety being puzzled each day. This being an proprietor and basic supervisor criticizing his trainer and the team of workers one week and praising him and it 4 days later. This being an offense that may’t do the rest proper after the primary power. This being a protection that may’t take on or make a prevent when it issues. This being a special-teams unit that may’t make a area function try.
Chris Berman and Tom Jackson recap the weekend’s video games with prolonged highlights and research.
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The 2019 Cowboys’ season was once no longer meant to be about scraping into the playoffs through profitable a foul NFC East and possibly profitable a playoff recreation. This Cowboys season was once meant to be turning in upon the luck of a powerful end to the 2018 season with many coaches, together with Jason Garrett, and avid gamers, together with quarterback Dak Prescott, in prove-it seasons.
As an alternative, the season has come to this: a 6-7 mess.
“Thankfully for us, we are nonetheless within the hunt,” Cowboys middle Travis Frederick stated. “It isn’t very continuously that you are 6-7 and were given a shot on the playoffs. It can be crucial for us to return and paintings as exhausting as we will be able to this subsequent week and be capable to pop out with a win.”
Some model of this resolution was once stated after every of the Cowboys’ losses, however particularly the previous 3, to the New England Patriots, Buffalo Expenses and Chicago Bears.
The problem has no longer been operating exhausting; Prescott referred to as the preparation for the Bears recreation the most efficient of the season. Discovering the answer is the exhausting section.
No one actually is aware of the place to begin.
“Can not put a finger on it. I want I may just at this time,” Prescott stated. “If I may just, clearly, we would not be on this state of affairs. We’d be getting over this and out of this stoop. However that is the maximum irritating section, that we have got the ability degree, we have now the avid gamers, we have now the chemistry every now and then, however we are not taking part in in combination as a group complementary sufficient once we want to and we’ve got were given to determine what it’s.”
Mentioned large receiver Amari Cooper: “Loss of effort, no, recreation making plans, no. If I knew the solution to that, I’d inform the solution to everyone else, then lets move out and execute and do what we were given to do to win. I are aware of it isn’t a loss of effort. I see how exhausting all of us take a look at.”
Stephen A. Smith is not bashful along with his ideas about Jason Garrett, announcing he must be fired after the Cowboys’ disappointing loss to the Bears.
Garrett stated he idea the Cowboys performed “exhausting,” towards Chicago, “we simply did not play smartly.”
There was no resolution to in-game adversity. When something is going incorrect, like a third-down penalty that assists in keeping alive an opponent’s power that results in a landing, the Cowboys buckle.
“Some of the problems we have now on our group is guys are seeking to do an excessive amount of,” Garrett stated. “Every now and then that creates issues, in particular at the defensive facet of the ball. And we need to simply get again into being extra disciplined down in and down out. That is the method you take care of adversity. You execute.”
Garrett stated after the Bears loss that he shouldn’t have some way of figuring out if his unsure standing was once weighing at the avid gamers. Surely, with some it has. With others, it more than likely hasn’t. A locker room is all the time grey when folks search for black and white.
Requested if avid gamers are nonetheless purchasing what Garrett and the coaches are promoting, linebacker Jaylon Smith stated, “I imagine so. I most effective have two eyes, however from the whole thing I do know as being a pacesetter and being a captain, guys don’t seem to be down. We are annoyed. However we all know what we have now. We simply were given to do it.”
This season is shaping up as one of the disappointing of any within the Jerry Jones technology. In 1994, there was once sadness in shedding the NFC championship to the San Francisco 49ers, however a minimum of that group was once in place to win 3 consecutive Tremendous Bowls.
In 2007 and 2016, the Cowboys let home-field benefit within the postseason slip with divisional-round losses to the New York Giants and Inexperienced Bay Packers, respectively, however a minimum of Dallas made the playoffs.
So far as disappointments move, the 2008 season is maximum like 2019. That roster was once stuffed with skill, however through the tip of the season the Cowboys have been fractured from inside over pettiness and neglected the playoffs with a 9-7 report.
This group has no longer proven the similar interior fraying, however the sadness is simply as palpable. Dallas has the league’s height passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. Statistically, the Cowboys had a top-10 protection getting into the Chicago recreation.
Nevertheless it all rings hole with out victories.
“A win is so massive on this league,” Cooper stated. “They are no longer simple to return through. Even supposing a group is 15-1, the ones 15 wins, no longer a lot of them are going to be simple to return through. So I believe one [win] will unquestionably get us again not off course. And we simply have to move in the market and get it.”
If the Cowboys simply knew how.