I'm really worried about this team. I have reached the point that the losses are starting to hurt less. When I truly believe the Cowboys are going to win, it breaks my heart to see them lose. As usual with the Cowboys, this loss came in a heartbreaking fashion but I am almost numb to the loss. The close fourth quarter losses have happened so much in the last two seasons that this is almost the expected outcome in a tight game down the stretch.
Bill Parcells always said that you are what your record says you are. 2-2 tells me that the Cowboys are a mediocre team. And that is exactly what they feel like right now. The offense continues to kills themselves with badly timed penalties, the defense folds in the big moments, and the special teams doesn't make game changing plays.
I'm not saying this is a terrible team. We've seen over the last few years that teams can get off to a slow start and get hot down the stretch. The Cowboys do have the talent to follow that plan, but, so far, we haven't seen the signs that a hot streak is coming soon. Romo hasn't found his grove yet, and the defense is still a work in progress.
Maybe 5 games from now we'll look back on this game as the turning point in the season...I hope we are looking at a turning point in the winning direction. The season could go either way right now. The Cowboys are missing that certain something that winning teams always possess. I'm not sure what exactly is missing but you can feel that they don't have "it" right now. Back when the Cowboys went 13-3 in 2007 I always knew they would make a play to win. Now I hope they will but I expect the worst.
All is not lost. But things have got to improve. Is it the coaching? Has Tony Romo lost his edge? I don't know what it is but right now it feels like 2008 all over again.