The Cowboys started moving on from Sunday's game Monday morning. For most of us fans, however, it isn't always that simple. The players and coaches have the luxury of being forced to start preparation for the next game while the fans get stuck wallowing in misery and frustration after a tough loss.
The important thing to remember heading into this week is that we are only two weeks into the season. There are 14 games to go and there will be plenty of opportunities for Tony Romo and the rest of the team to get on a roll. I tend to be a glass half full type of guy so I'm looking at Sunday's loss as an example of how close this team is to being what we hope it can be. We all saw that the Giants needed 4 gimmie turnovers and 3 lucky bounces to pull out a last second win. A break here or there for the Cowboys and things would have been totally different.
I have come to realization that I am going to have to learn how to live with the occasional horrific game from Tony Romo. He needs to limit turnovers more when he is having a bad Tony day. Good Tony is a top 5 NFL quarterback. Bad Tony is hard to live with. He might get better protecting the ball and he might not, but he is still the best quarterback the Cowboys have had in a decade and he gives the team a shot to win against any opponent. I still believe the one of these days he is going to break through in a big moment and put all of his critics to rest.
I think Wade Phillips will find a way to get the defense going again. It appears that the new formula to stop the pass rush is to max protect and wait for the receivers to work themselves open. Wade has been around for a long time so I'm sure he has some tricks in his bag to exploit that type of offense. Now that it is clear that teams are going to employ the max protect passing attack I'm sure the defense will be working on new tactics in practice. Demarcus Ware is too talented to be kept bottled up for much longer. The turnovers have to be coming soon. Even terrible defenses get lucky once in a while with a turnover here or there. Dallas will start forcing turnovers...I'm sure they will start this week.
A 1-1 record really hurts when 2-0 was one defensive play away. But there are a lot of talented teams off to a slow start. Do you believe the Patriots are terrible because they are 1-1? Is Pittsburg a bad team? Are the Titans suddenly horrible because they are 0-2? The fact that so many good teams are off to a slow start gives me hope that the Cowboys are one of the good teams off to a slow start. I believe we will see improvement from Tony Romo and the defense this week. They have to win this game and they will win this game.