JerryWorld gets in the way of Cowboys

Jerry Jones.jpgThese are tense times in Dallas.  Monday included a players-only meeting.  Coach Wade Phillips showed rare emotion, saying he didn’t appreciate a reporter’s line of questioning about a lack of discipline.

The coach also had to answer to cornerback Terence Newman’s claims that Dallas’ problems start in practice.  Phillips says the practices are fine.  Well, except last Friday.

“Do I think it could be better? Sure,” Phillips said.  “Do I think we had a bad practice
Friday? Yes, we told them that in the meeting. We went back over it and
said, ‘Hey, we didn’t practice well enough.'”

The practice was held at JerryWorld in front of a bunch of touring fans, many of whom were wearing Bears jerseys.   The Cowboys blew a number of simple assignments, according to Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

The disorganized practice in front of random fans is a small thing, but it’s a window into an organization that seems to value marketing so highly.

“Do I think practice in the stadium inhibited us in that game? I don’t,”
Phillips said. “I think it’s us getting ready and preparing the team as
coaches.”

McMahon disagrees, and says the entire preseason’s three-city adventure is another sign that selling the team often comes first. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh says there’s too much hype around a winless team.

“There seems like there’s brain farts everywhere,” Sensabaugh said.  “Everywhere.
Everybody. Last week, this week, what are we doing? What is this? We
look like a circus, like a bunch of clowns out there.”

57 responses to “JerryWorld gets in the way of Cowboys

  1. God I love to see the Cowboys fail… amazing that a team that has done soooo little in the last DECADE can still get the pub they do.

  2. Jones is looking to sell a piece of the franchise to Saints owner Tom Benson, so they can operate as Tom & Jerry.

  3. Point missed. Great teams, even good teams can get past distractions. Poor teams are almost always poorly coached (as is the case with Wade “Yes, I’m a Bum too” Phillips), and play-calling is suffering from the ego of Jason Garrett. The biggest shame is that the Cowboys’ aura seems to shine too brightly. Somehow a couple of years ago they were deemed the 3-Headed Monster at running back. Nearly everybody in the league turned to running-back-by-committee but guess what….it rarely works! How many balls are there? Oh yeah, ONE. I’d hate to think what would happen in this day and age if an Emmitt or a Walter Payton or a Jim Brown came into the league, only to be told he’d have to split carries with 1, 2 or 3 other backs. Of course there’s a need for solid backups, but anyone who ever played the game knows the only way to get the FEEL of the flow of the game is to be out there. Not spending half your time running huddle-to-sideline. If Felix is the man, then attack full-bore with Felix and use the other guys only as situational plays. McFadden in Oakland and Arian Foster in Houston are just the latest beneficiaries of going back to basics of using your best player on the most downs. Period. Screw the committee and screw the coaches who are so enamored with the concept that they don’t see what’s right in front of them.

  4. wtf does this have to does practice have to do with marketing? I am dazed and confused about this article Rosenthal.

  5. The Cowboys seem to have lost sight of football as entertainment and are giving their fans entertainment as football. It could not happen to a more deserving bunch.

  6. Ten play drives that repeatedly lead to zero points, fumbles and concussions. What a team!
    On defense I’m starting to lose faith in their so called leader, Brookings. Lots of trash talk and stupid penalties and this from the one who is leading the rest.
    The problems are not just in the coaching, but in the players themselves. What leadership there is is questionable.
    From top to bottom they believe their own hype.

  7. They should all come to the next game wearing a fake red nose and floppy shoes.
    Gonna play like clowns, might as well look like them too.

  8. The Cowboys are too good and don’t need practice. Their real problem is post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from over-discipline during The Big Tuna years. They just couldn’t handle being told that they needed to work harder.

  9. we are number 4 in total offense and number 10 in total defense. That is not a team that sucks by any means and just need to fix some of the poor playcalling by garrett. He is definitely on the hot seat as he called a horrible game against the 4skins/bears. The texans got almost 600 yds against that horrible 4skin defense (rated last in the league btw) LMFAO this past sunday. texans d is not good at all either so I predict a win by my boys to get us rolling go into the bye week.
    Time to turn it up and get this train rolling baby. Talk with me in week 16 when the rest of the nfc east is fighting for last place and my boys are alone in first. lets face it…the nfc east is horrible this yr so there is not much competition for my boys once we get rolling. Mark it down mthers…..

  10. Wade was talking about Fridays practice, not saturdays, which was at the stadium (i was there). Also, they weren’t random fans, they were fans that paid $30 to watch practice. Also, how many teams open up practice at least a couple times after training camp for fans to see?? 32 teams. everyone does it but when it happens in dallas it’s obviously an apparent lack of focus and discipline.

  11. Seriously, this couldn’t happen to a nicer, richer, more pompous ass than Jerry Jones. The guy thinks he is an innovator and he is correct. He is showing the world how to turn a talented roster into a losing sideshow.

  12. All Jerry cares about is putting asses in seats. I’m glad I don’t live in Arlington anymore and I didn’t vote for the tax increase to pay for the stadium when I did live there!

  13. ” We look like a circus, like a bunch of clowns out there.”
    ————————————————-
    Actually, a circus is far better organized….. though the Cowboys have far more clowns.
    Seriously, it’s not good for him that Sensabaugh is saying this, even worse is that it’s true.

  14. I love the excuses! One playoff win in 13 years. They now have a 12% chance of making the playoffs this season (0-2 start history). So much “talent,” so little achievement.

  15. Love the “magic” Jerry has worked on the Cowboys. Probably stems from the fact that the coach’s main qualification for his job was his ability to plant two lips on Jerry’s backside.
    The only problem I see here is that Jerry Jones is attempting to perform the same “miracles” he has worked in Dallas on the entire NFL through the new CBA.
    Go NFLPA!

  16. One of many problems with Dallas is that they don’t have a vocal leader on defense that also gets it done on the field. Brookings is vocal but he isn’t the Brookings of the late 90’s and his body can’t back it up anymore. Bradie James is vocal but a reh-tard who frequently is out of place. Terrance Newman isn’t too bright and plays soft DB like just like Deion Sanders, minus the talent.
    DeMarcus Ware is too nice.
    Jay Ratcliff might have to be this vocal leader who gets in a teammates face. It’s amazing Parcells hasn’t poached this guy.
    All of this of course is because they’ve taken on the personality of their fearless leader, Bum’s boy.
    They missed a huge opportunity in not going hard after Ray Lewis after 08. Someone who would’ve shanked a teammate over a mental mistake, and could still back up his talk on the field of play.
    Seems like the Cowboys have finally got rid of the bad attitude players (Owens, Pac Man, etc), but now lack attitude.

  17. as a Ravens fan I am so glad Jason Garrett did not come to Baltimore as head coach two years ago. He has to be spolied goods by now as a head coach potential

  18. I agree with heyguru,
    Pick a back (Barber) and pound the ball. It’s simple.
    The other critique–that the priorities in Dallas are all out of whack, is accurate. Too many egos, not enough discipline.
    And put a muzzle on the players–how many have been in stories this week featuring their personal opinion as to what’s wrong with the team?
    And if I found out that my team was holding “open to the the public” / exhibition type practices on Friday nights (after losing the week before), I’d be pissed, too.
    Focus, get your priorities straight. Decide what kind of team you are (running, or an aerial attack?) then DO IT.
    The Texas Civil War will be interesting to see this week. At least we know the south will win this time.

  19. 706Vet says: September 21, 2010 1:01 PM
    I love the excuses! One playoff win in 13 years. They now have a 12% chance of making the playoffs this season (0-2 start history). So much “talent,” so little achievement.
    I’d like to see the percentage of 0-2 teams who made the playoffs who also averaged 11 wins a season over the last half decade. This would be a more useful statistic.

  20. I think Dallas fans should also wear clown suits to both home and away games.
    Better yet the players should wear clown suits when watching the SuperBowl from the stands in their own house!

  21. Jerry was right he didn’t need Jimmy Johnson. Without Jimmy,Jerry’s tenure as owner of cowboys has been a complete failure for everyone but him and some of his high paid scrubs like romo, williams, etc.

  22. Boysroll continues to take solace in the NFL stat sheet. He notes all the yards gained, yards given up, passes attempted – but somehow never gets to the two most important stats, Wins and Losses. Hint for next week, boysroll – you can find Wins right above the zero and Losses right above the three after Texas’ NFL team dispatches the Cowgirls Sunday.
    For a fan base that claims the Redskins-Cowgirls rivalry is only important to Redskins fans, they sure spend a lot of time comparing the circumstances of a 4-12 team in 2009 with a new head coach and new GM to their own team – you know, the Greatest Team Ever Assembled. The only valid comparison after two weeks – one team is 1-1 with a victory over the other while the other team is 0-2.
    I will give boysroll credit though. He is showing up. I guess that it’s possible that not all Cowgirl fans are cockroaches who scurry under the floorboards when the light of reality (again, 0-2) hits them.

  23. They put together a great team every 20 years!!!! It’s the best franchise ever! They can finish a 1-15 season and they’ll be selling us a super bowl team the next season. I hate them!! They’re a joke. You weasel qb sucks, your horse tooth wr is ridiculously overpaid, not to mention number 11. Heck of a trade Jerry!

  24. “I’d like to see the percentage of 0-2 teams who made the playoffs who also averaged 11 wins a season over the last half decade. This would be a more useful statistic.”
    The only useful statistic is how many epic chokes has a team made. Off the top of my head…the Seahawks playoff game….the Giants playoff game….The Steelers 4th quarter fold…the Ravens loss at home…44-6…both games this year. The list goes on and on. They had a halfway decent season last year. That was clearly a fluke. Yeah, they have a talented roster. but they are the worst-owned (and with Al Davis and Dan Snyder, that’s really saying something), worst coached team in the NFL, hands down.

  25. “There seems like there’s brain farts everywhere,” Sensabaugh said. “Everywhere. Everybody. Last week, this week, what are we doing? What is this? We look like a circus, like a bunch of clowns out there.”
    That is really overwrought.
    Clowns would have beaten the Bears.

  26. # jan van flac says: September 21, 2010 1:40 PM
    “I’d like to see the percentage of 0-2 teams who made the playoffs who also averaged 11 wins a season over the last half decade. This would be a more useful statistic.”
    The only useful statistic is how many epic chokes has a team made. Off the top of my head…the Seahawks playoff game….the Giants playoff game….The Steelers 4th quarter fold…the Ravens loss at home…44-6…both games this year. The list goes on and on. They had a halfway decent season last year. That was clearly a fluke. Yeah, they have a talented roster. but they are the worst-owned (and with Al Davis and Dan Snyder, that’s really saying something), worst coached team in the NFL, hands down.
    Good for you, you remembered every tough loss over the last 5 years. Is this for real? you type with suck rage about it too. Every team has tough wins and losses every year. The cowboys seem to be the only team where this is unacceptable. Romo also has double digit 4th quarter comebacks. Do you remember Romo beating Manning in his 3rd career start when the colts were 8-0? NO. Do you remember when they beat Favre and the favored backers to win the NFC east in 07? No. You remember when they shut 2 divisional opponents out back to back weeks last year? No. Dont bother remembering that stuff cuz in the end the only game that matters is the super bowl.
    Winning is everything but when you play with a star on your helmet it quickly becomes all that’s acceptable. SUPER BOWL OR YOU SUCK!!

  27. Yeah…..where is Cowboyshole?…..I mean roll. Where are you cornholio? You were talking a lot of smack before opening day? Did mommy ground you? Hail!!

  28. 0-2 in a division with a 2-0 team would worry me but the best that’s happened is are three 1-1 teams. If they can get to 2-2 by the 4th week, I wouldn’t be too worried and even a 1-3 or 0-4 start wouldn’t be a big worry because I don’t think that these teams are that far apart, but only if Philly sticks with its plans of thrusting Kolb into the starting job.
    The Cowboys biggest problem is and always will be Jason Garrett. He’s calling plays as if he’s got too many toys and can’t figure a way to get them all integrated and keep them happy. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, he didn’t take a head coaching job when he had a chance and the worst thing is that if they get rid of Phillips, Jones will most likely elevate Garrett because he just won’t admit that he’s made a mistake.
    As for distractions: if they DO short circuit the team then the team really doesn’t have what it takes to be a winner. With 53 different personalities on a team, you’re going to have problems with each other and anything else that happens. Chemistry is a class and has nothing to do with winning or losing. You can have all those teams that love each other and say all the right things about their teammates and you’d have the Chicago Cubs or you can have a team that hates their biggest superstar and end up winning 3 straight World Series like the Oakland A’s.
    As Mike Golic likes to say, “Winning is a great deodorant.” People blamed TO for their previous problems but he’s not there so who is it now? Could it just be that they just don’t have what it takes to be a winner? I think that a couple of weeks with the same OL might change the outlook for some people on the team and maybe that’ll help but unless Garrett gets his head out of his Jerry Jones, they’ll end up wasting their talent.

  29. chargerrich:
    i know you hate the cowboys for being more popular than your chargers. that’s a given. but, what have the chargers done in the last DECADE that’s so worthy of bashing another team for their lack of accomplishments?
    besides losing to the 9ers in #29 idk if the chargers have ever done anything really noteworthy.
    this is, of course, just my opinion.

  30. Hate them COWBOYSS!!!
    But if they were to hire me as a consultant..I would rid the team of that fat, weak, old man they call a “coach” who has no control of the team. If Cleveland and St Louis had this much money to throw at Marketing anf Hype, it would be the best 3 ringer in town!

  31. Everyone knows the Packers and the Steelers are really “Americas Team”(s).
    What American wants to identify with the thugs, losers, and botoxed owner in Dallas?

  32. boysroll, come on, you cant rip the texans because they gained 600 yards on a redskins team that beat the cowboys.. if washington is so bad defensively where were the cowboys 600 yards?
    anyway, i hate the cowboys but i think they’ll get things right before the season is over and probably win the division. too early to count teams out when they are only 1 game back in their division.

  33. Don’t drink the Koolaid Cowboy fans.
    – Wade is too weak to command respect from these guys.
    – Jason Garrett is dillusional.
    – Jerry created a stadium with a big ass tv screen and dancers in cages.
    – We’re living week to week until the team gets back on track.

  34. As a Redskins fan I am going to stoop to the level of a cowpukes fan, hence Chapnasty and boysrol and post something stupid on their teams blog!!!
    Cowpukes SUCK!!! Stats mean nothing when it comes to wins and losses, 0-2 cowpukes to the division leading 1-1 Washington Redskins, hows that feel?? Chapnasty; you sir are a moron, Laron Landry has outright the most tackles in the national football league, im pretty sure he has plenty to celebrate!!! LMAO!!!!!! Cowpukes = worst in the division!!!!

  35. Lone Star State Football Rankings—
    1) Houston Texans
    3) TCU Horned Frogs
    4) Texas Longhorns
    5) Dallas Cowboys

  36. Addison says:
    September 21, 2010 4:10 PM
    Lone Star State Football Rankings—
    1) Houston Texans
    3) TCU Horned Frogs
    4) Texas Longhorns
    5) Dallas Cowboys
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    You can’t even count up to the number of SB rings the Cowboys have….
    Learn to count to 5 Jackas(s)

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