The Dallas Cowboys are their own Worst Enemy

“Never assume every critic is a hater… Not everyone is hating on you. Some people are telling you the truth.” – Pastor Mark Pothier

            Over the past few weeks, it has been quite interesting to see a surfeit of risible commentaries and memes regarding the struggles of the Dallas Cowboys attempting to be relevant. While there are at least 17 other franchises providing fodder for jokes on behalf of the abundance of aspiring amateur comedians in social media today, Dallas seems to be the most favorable target of the NFL’s bottom 18.

            Since I and a plethora of writers have stated that the Cowboys have not truly held the mythical title of America’s Team in over 23 years or more depending upon who you ask, it seems plausible that the primary reason for some to participate in the picking of the low-hanging fruit is a direct reaction to the fans of the Cowboys.

            For example, it is typical to see several individuals running to social media sites in droves to roister about Dallas winning a game that they probably should have won easily in the first place. Therefore, it has become their wont to demonstrate their loyalties even if the behavior is anything but dignified which usually ends with the statement, “Take that, you haters!”

            Thus, classifying any and all who are critical of the Dallas Cowboys as haters have become commonplace for otiose persons who have failed to get a grip on reality that their beloved franchise has become an archaic relic of a once-proud organization. The truth of the matter is that not every critique of the Cowboys is personal; some are generally aimed at trying to get the franchise’s governance to deal with objectivism instead of fantasy.

            Also, the sobering realization is beginning to set in that the elephantine AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (AKA “The Death Star” by some) has yet to be the panacea of dominance and home-field advantage that designers were hoping for because the Cowboys have failed to produce much verve in the decade the facility has been open. Nonetheless, the current regime and its stalwarts are attempting to blame everyone outside of The Star (Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Frisco, Texas) for their ineptitude instead of themselves.

            In Conclusion, this Sunday’s contest against Washington is of no consequence because Dallas does not deserve a playoff spot this season even if they backed into one. The Cowboys would more than likely have only one game and concessions have to be made soon after.

            No one wants to hear another set of platitudes as to why the Cowboys did not make it to the Super Bowl to insult fans’ intelligence. No, Jerry Jones and family need to heed some of the advice of those who are not hysterical but still have the best interest of the organization in mind. If not, they will face another unavailing season of mediocrity and be on the periphery of events per usual.

Carolina Panthers’ Ownership Making a Move on Fortitude?

“Football is a cruel business. We are only here because we win, and when we do not win, we are done. Therefore, you have to win. We only want winners!” (Vince Lombardi)

            On Tuesday, David Tepper, proprietor of the Carolina Panthers, terminated the contract of Ron Rivera as head coach as the team’s season of promise devolved into mediocrity after losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Washington, and the threnody of Rivera’s career in Carolina was being tuned. Rivera who exuded a great deal of sangfroid at times seemed doomed for failure soon after quarterback Cam Newton had a dietary epiphany and suffered a foot ailment that he has yet to recover.

            Although Tepper’s move was questioned by some in the media based upon timing, his explanation about being more transparent about his slubbering efforts in a coaching search might have some merit. Rivera’s coaching record is 79-67-1 (.541) making one Super Bowl appearance. His tenure was arduous at times, but he cannot be blamed for every defeat including the World Championship meltdown against Denver. Nevertheless, Rivera was not a monumental success regardless of the pitfalls along the way.

            It is quite intriguing to see other coaches survive in other franchises without enjoying markedly more success than Rivera. For example, Jason Garrett has amassed a record of 85-68 (.556) and no Super Bowl appearances as of this writing. Also, the Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s record is 42-39 (.519) and one catastrophic Super Bowl defeat that will live in infamy for years in NFL lore.

            In essence, Tepper should earn plaudits for attempting to be cognizant of the Panthers’ weal by attempting to change the culture before it becomes stagnant or worse. Tepper does not want the franchise that he perforce purchased for an ungodly sum become what the Detroit Lions has become since Alex Karras was drafted. He is impelled to see the selfsame successes he had in his businesses with that of the Carolina Panthers.

            In the interim, Perry Fewell has been commissioned to lead the Panthers into battle on the road against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It appears that there are plenty of tickets are available for purchase. Unfortunately, the game day experience for the Panthers and Falcons is going to be akin to a sacrosanct Sunday school session compared to the bacchanalia of the SEC Championship Game the day before.

            Perhaps, this is the kind of imagery that Tepper is attempting to avoid in what looks to be the waning moments of a season where the Panthers have two home games remaining against the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. December football is not so aesthetically pleasing when the weather is cold, you are losing, and there are a plethora of empty seats staring you in the face.

            Also, Tepper knows that it is generally ill-timed to seek outlays from the public for a new retractable roof stadium when the team is underperforming. It is like asking your supervisor for a raise when you callout sick every other day. This is why it is imperative for the Panthers to right the ship sooner than later.