That result hurts very, very bad. How are we going to get out of this mess? Not sure. But a loss to a bad team yesterday really derails a train that got rolling a week ago in Carolina. It would sure be nice to see this team string together two wins in a row. How you lose to Washington yesterday even with your QB playing well is hard to fathom. Here we go again.
• Is Roy Williams the most frustrating player in Cowboys history? He has to be in the mix. Another week, another frustrating play. Last week, we congratulate him for his big play in Carolina. This week, we wonder what was worse: The pass interference where he showed almost zero ball presence or the possible interception that hit him in the face? Just like the Cowboys have no consistency, their leader doesn’t either.
• Nice catch, Terrell.
• Would you like to subscribe to the Bad Luck Blue theory? Well, when the Cowboys wear the Blues this season they are 0-3.
• Or, would you like to subscribe to the Aikman-Buck theory? Well, when the Cowboys play in front of the Fox crew of Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, they are 0-3.
• Now, tell me again about that chart. Tell me why you have to go for 2 early in the 2nd Quarter. And no, this is not hind-sight. Much like many of you, I was screaming at my television at the time. Even if it works, it is still goofy to go for 2 in the 2nd quarter. Don’t even look at that chart until the 4th Quarter. Until then, you get as many free points as they will hand you. And since when does Bill Parcells need a laminated chart to explain to him a simple extra point procedure? I thought he was a genius. That was absolute garbage, and you are left to wonder how that extra point changed the course of the game. You obviously cannot blame the whole loss on that one point, because surely Gibbs would have gone for 2 after the Cooley touchdown if the Cowboys were up 20-12, but that was stinking pathetic.
• I honestly thought Tony Romo was great again. Anyone on the fence about his performance had to be convinced by the clutch pass to Witten at the end. Romo made almost no poor decisions, just a few poor throws, and overall has continued to impress me with his poise and with his ability to make big-time throws. Truly a loss where the QB seemed blameless.
• Mike Vanderjagt is an immense disappointment. But, I don’t have any idea how I can blame him for that blocked FG. Colombo for some reason blocked down, allowing Troy Vincent through the hole untouched. That was a big mistake as he blocked the kick with ease. I want to blame the kicker. I really do. But that kick wasn’t going to be made by anyone. Initially, I thought he had to get the kick higher, but there is no way you can get it higher than a diving 6 foot man who is 3 feet in front of you. It kind of reminds you of the play in the Giants game where Colombo blocked down and allowed Strahan to come untouched into Bledsoe’s backyard.
• OK, on to Terrell. How do you drop that pass? Romo laid that bomb perfectly into his hands, but we now know that this guy is more style than substance when it comes to the big time catches in 2006. 4th down versus the Giants, the drops in Philadelphia, and this play against the Redskins demonstrates that when the light is the hottest or at least when his team needs it the most. The theory is out there that he dropped it partly because he was already thinking of what he was going to do in the endzone, and I don’t think that can be ruled out. He is a grade A knucklehead.
• Did you see it? It happened and I hope you saw it! BOBBY CARPENTER MADE A TACKLE ON A KICKOFF RETURN!!! Get your #54 jerseys today at the Cowboys pro shop. With his first professional tackle, he now is just 1250 tackles behind Darren Woodsen on his way to becoming the Cowboys all-time leader.
• Was that a 15 yard face mask penalty on Kyle Kosier (another fine signing) when Sean Taylor was returning the blocked FG? In my opinion, yes. Anytime your helmet gets twisted around, on a play so you are looking through your earhole, you have to call it. I know I may be in the minority here, but I had no problem with the call. Of course, if it was only the 5 yard penalty, there is no way that spare nails that Field Goal to win the game.
• 11 penalties for 153 yards. By Parcells own statement, you should get 7 points for every 100 yards. So, by that definition, the Cowboys gifted the Redskins 10 points or so. And, Jason Witten is going for the False Start record I think.
• I think I would have reviewed the safety. It sure looked like the ball got back to the 1-inch line before Julius Jones hit the ground.
• I am pretty sure I would not ask Christian Fauria to block DeMarcus Ware straight up.
• I am curious which of you set the new cussing record for the Metroplex yesterday. Someone had to. I never for one moment considered the fact that the Cowboys could lose that game yesterday until Novak hit that FG. It never occured to me.
Ok. Let’s see if we have the prevailing opinions right.
Week 4 Win at Tennessee: Boy, Football is easy for the Cowboys.
Week 5 Loss at Philadelphia: We suck, season is a failure.
Week 6 Win vs. Houston: No Worries. It is coming together.
Week 7 Loss vs. New York: Season over. 2007 Preseason set to begin.
Week 8 Win at Carolina: We may not lose another game!
Week 9 Loss at Washington: We suck, season is a failure.
A quick review of this list will tell you that if you don’t like the weather surrounding the Cowboys season, wait exactly 7 days. Incidentally, with the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Giants as your next 4 opponents, look for this pattern of Win, Loss, Win, Loss to continue for another month.