Fans/Media Seem To Panic After Loss To Redskins

Let’s all take a deep breath and think a minute.  Yes, the Cowboys lost to the Redskins on Sunday, at home, possibly for the last time in Texas Stadium, however, they weren’t eliminated from the playoffs or burdened with some of the other worse calamities that might have resulted, like a season-ending injury to a key player.  But the media and fans seem to have taken it worse than the Cowboys themselves.

Terrell Owens, of course, wasn’t happy after the game, but his comments were in response to general questions by a media tape, not to the Washington game in particular.  That is if you want to believe that, which I do, as the other possibilities being discussed now are much, much worse.   I like the way Coach Wade Phillips put it today in the Dallas Morning News, he said “We try to get the ball to our best players as much as we can.  We have quite a few good players, though.  We didn’t get the ball enough to Marion Barber, the week before we didn’t get it enough to Terrell.  It’s a good problem to have, but we need to be able to rectify it by controlling the ball more.”

I also like the way DE Marcus Spears thinks of how best to absorb the loss and move on when he told the A.P., “It’s always a big atom bomb drop anytime we lose because people think we are going to win every game every year by 40 points. But that’s not the case. ..we’ve always been able to pull back together.  Guys have no less hope of getting where we want to go now than before we played Washington.”

So evidently the main personnel who need to respond to last week’s game are the ones who appear to me to be in a better frame of thought about it than the rest of us.  The head coach, staff and players themselves all feel that they can simply learn, improve and move on after the loss, which is just what you do in professional football.  That’s why these guys are paid the way they are, they are the professionals, fortunately, and the games are never played by the media or fans.


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