Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/3/11
The Dallas Cowboys showed all their fans today what they want to do with their season and maybe like the game they are calling it off before the half way point.  Maybe we all should have taken notice when Dallas vacated veterans left and right. The nice thing about the game is that Detroit did not win the game by actually beating the Cowboys, the Cowboys just beat themselves.

The good – Dan Bailey

  • Dan Bailey did a great job. In my mind Beuhler cannot expect to keep his job. Bailey put 5 of his 6 kicks in the end zone. Beuhler could not have done much better.
  • I will say the first half as Dallas was clicking on all cylinders.

The bad - Laurent Robinson

  • Robinson beat Bryant and Witten in total yards and made some big key plays. Sadly he was the cause of one of Romo’s interceptions that lead to a TD.
  • Dallas defense. Sadly they are the 1/6th part of the loss. They only allowed 20 points which should have been good enough to win. No sacks, one interception, no fumbles. Clearly Dallas needs help to win and only the Defense can do it.
  • Lack of a return game. Not pretty and once again played a part in the loss.
  • Felix Jones not knowing the down and distance at the end of the game.

Romo is taking the heat for this loss, but it's not all his fault.

The Ugly – Tony Romo

  • Romo cost Dallas 14 points, and is 2/3 the reason for the loss, but we will get to him in a moment.
  • The Coaching staff. The coaches don’t make the plays on the field but they set the roster and make the game plan. This is what helped in the demise. Game planning, half time adjustments, and lack creativity cost them.
  • The score. This loss will cost Dallas if they get their act together and put in bid for a playoff spot. Heading into the bye week at .500 and in third place in the division, 8th in the conference. It may seem early to start to watch, but Dallas does not look strong enough to win the division right now so a Wild Card will be their only shot. Add on the fact this was a home game and you have another negative on the loss.
  • Special teams once again. No solid returns, not great kick coverage.
  • The offense. Once again goal line and short yardage running is nonexistent. Dallas never addressed this in the offseason and it is still an issue. The passing game should have balanced that out some, but Dez is not getting the catches in the end zone like he should. How about that running game? DeMarco Murray or Tashard Choice were to replace Marion Barber. However neither has filled that short yardage game.
  • Ownership. In Jimmy Johnson’s rant on Fox Sports he mentioned some of his struggles as a head coach. One thing he mentioned was owners not willing to pay money on talented players. I have to wonder if he meant Jerry Jones. I can’t help thinking that former Cowboys players like Kevin Burnett, Patrick Crayton, Danny Amendola, or even Andre Gurode could have helped in some capacity this season

Ok its now time to talk about Tony Romo. Many will get on him for losing the game and rightfully so. This is a team game and requires several parts to work in order to win. However when one of those parts fails significantly it’s hard to not point it out. Also everyone should take a step back as Romo is injured. So if his injury is part of him throwing the ball softer and causing interceptions then that is the fault of the coaching staff. Point being is this. There are several excuses can be made for Tony and the mistakes in this game do not help his reputation. However, if the outcome of the game will ride on Romo’s shoulders every week, then Dallas fans will have a long season ahead. One has to be curious if Dallas should have tried to get Carson Palmer from Cincy or drafted a QB. This offense has been QB friendly. I am not saying anyone can do it, just saying that the difference between Romo and anyone else could be a slim margin.

This game was a tough loss. Dallas once again gave up a huge lead. Romo made critical mistakes. Finally the Cowboys as an organization did not address the key areas that have plagued them in years past, short yardage, scoring touchdowns in the red zone, and the return game.  While Dallas right now is at .500, they have won their only divisional game, and are 8th out of 16 right now for their conference, things will have to get much better in the bye week or this might be the only two games they win all season. Regardless of what you think of him, with the number recent veterans in Dallas that have been sent packing, Romo could be done in Dallas.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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