The Cowboys came away with a close victory in a game that from the start looked anything but close. The Cowboys had 2 picks early on Rex Grossman that ended up in field goals and appeared to be rolling at 20-7 going into the half. But as the Cowboys have shown us many times before, they settled in and let up allowing the Skins to mount a comeback. Rex Grossman threw for 322 yards and 4, yes 4, touchdowns. The Boys secondary reminded us that once again, when they allow a team to get in rhythm they can pick apart our secondary at will. In the end Dallas was able to hold off Washington and walk away with the win.
So was it a good thing that the Cowboys won. Well duh, yes should be the answer. But there are some out there, Dallas fans too, who think that the Cowboys should have laid down and should continue to do so throughout the rest of the season the same way some are saying that the Redskins are doing. To think that either team would lay down is ludicrous. If you ask any pro player out there losing makes them sick, and there is a certain amount of pride that players, much like anyone else, takes in doing their job. However, there are people who believe that improving the draft position in the upcoming draft is more important than finishing out the season. Though the team could benefit from a top 10 draft pick, no professional team with any pride is going to lay down to increase their draft picks, unless of course that team is going to be gutted and overhauled the next season for certain.
Let’s look at this for a minute. Jason Garrett doesn’t have the head coaching job yet and is essentially auditioning to Jerry Jones and any other suitors out there that would be interested. So Garrett is not going to lay down because he is showing what he brings as a head coach, though in all likelihood Jones will hire Garrett as the head coach.
The players need to play their best through the rest of the season not only for their personal pride, but when Dallas begins looking at the draft, if they haven’t already, they will need to know what positions are the most important and need to be prioritized first over other positions. Right now is when the players are solidifying their chances of returning as starters for next season and which ones are in jeopardy.
Lastly, showing that your team is still capable of winning brings a certain respect that the team has lacked over the pass few seasons after collapsing multiple times before. The Cowboys look to be somewhere in the mid to upper part of the first round of the draft possibly finishing 7-9, 6-10, or 5-11. If the Cowboys are really bent on grabbing top 10 talent their position will already be close to the top tier and if not trading up into the position should be easily obtainable. So losing out should not be considered, even if it is for draft position.
Some may be concerned with the idea that without a collective bargaining agreement in place, that teams cannot trade up in the draft this year, but in all likelihood an agreement will be reached before the draft because the cash cow that is the NFL cannot afford to have a lockout in this economic time because recovery and financial lose is something the league and owners would have a difficult time recovering from.
Either way, the Cowboys are not going to lay down and will be fun to watch for true fans.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.