The Cowboys looked Super Bowl-ready in Week One, disrupting the Giants’ celebration of their most recent championship. Since then, the Cowboys have lost four of six games.
The guy who has been with the team longer than anyone else knows that, despite the mostly positive comments from owner/G.M. Jerry Jones, Jones is running out of patience with his underachieving team.
“There’s no question there’s a tremendous amount of urgency,” Jones tells Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “But that’s good when you have that type of urgency. It flows downhill and guys need that.”
Yes, but if the team doesn’t deliver and the season goes downhill, Jones could be delivering some pink slips come January.
Witten surely wouldn’t get one of them. He has provided plenty of inspiration for the Cowboys this season, from catching 18 passes in the close loss to the Giants to catching only two but playing with an injured spleen in the Week One win in New York. He’s now only four catches away from Michael Irvin’s franchise record for a career.
Though 53 guys with Witten’s mindset would easily satisfy the owner’s sense of urgency, one Witten can only do so much. We’ll see tonight if that’s enough both to avoid falling to 3-5 and to knock off the 7-0 Falcons on Sunday Night Football.