The natives are getting restless
I have been a Dallas Cowboys for many years and a season ticket holder for about 10 years. I am enough of a Cowboys fan that I paid a $4,000.00 per seat for a seat license on a couple of seats, just for the right to buy tickets and pay close to $20 for a beer and a hot dog, etc. I drive 3 hours one way just to get to the stadium and then pay $100 just to park my vehicle and then fight the lines to get in the stadium. I'm not saying I am a "super fan", I'm just saying I'm not a casual, I'll watch the Cowboys on TV when its convenient kinda fan.
Reading this board, there are many who are far more optimistic of this organization than I am, and many who are far more pessimistic than me. For a reference point, if a 1 was the most negative fan imaginable, and a 10 was blind homerism, I would put myself at about a 7. I have been a little bit more optimistic than maybe I should have been over the years, but I'm ok with that.
I cant imagine how frustrated that guys who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per seat for a seat license just for the right to pay thousands of dollars per seat per game for a ticket must be right now. Everyone likes a winner, and let's face it the Cowboys haven't really been winners since the glory days of the 90's.
I know we aren't technically out of playoff contention just yet, and I still hold out "some" hope (but not much) that we will get on a roll and start a winning streak that will get us into the playoffs, but the smart money would be betting against us to get it done. I think the odds in Vegas would be at least 3 to 1 on it now and maybe higher.
I don't know about you guys, but the Redskins loss was more than just a loss in my eyes. It was a sign that nothing is changing and just when you think the Cowboys are doing something to get the ship righted, they promptly run it in the ditch and sabotage their chances of accomplishing anything.
I don't know if Garrett is the answer or part of the problem. We all know Jerry isn't going to relinquish control of the team (which I have been able to swallow because he is both good and bad). But I am tired of hearing Garrett saying everything is a process, when he really isn't showing any real progress along the way. I am tired of hearing Jerry say what we are going to do or not do (as if he is speaking as the coach) I am tired of us drafting guys like Arkin and keeping him around using up a roster spot that could have been used on someone else.
I don't see why we didn't get something out of Mike Jenkins, or trade away Martellus Bennett, or why we traded for Roy Williams or Joey Galloway, etc. No organization is going to be perfect, but we have had way too many bad decisions organizationally that have more than nullified the good things we have done.
You guys can say what you want, but Ratliff's effective playing days are numbered and he will never effectively play out his contract, Romo has a few more good years in him, but could be one missed block away from never playing again. Ware might be the greatest OLB to ever play the game, but his window will be closing soon, if it isn't already. Witten's days are numbered.
On the bright side we have a few gems in Shaun Lee, Bruce Carter, probably Mo and a few other up and coming guys. That's great but realistically, we drafted so bad for so long, the holes will begin to open up about as fast as we plug them with draft picks. That might be the single biggest argument for not trading up and taking Mo. I'm not saying that it was a mistake, but I don't know about you guys, but I don't really see this mediocrity ending anytime soon. Meanwhile back on the "Valley" Ranch our stars are starting to burn out and fade and our window is closing, if it hasn't actually closed.
I'm not sure what the answer is .... all i know is that the natives (fans) are really getting restless and will be pushing for change. As much as I want to see us do something ... .hell ANYTHING to right the ship, change might be an even greater enemy than staying the course.
Even the most blind homer on this board has to be concerned about this organization. At least we seem to be doing better in the talent acquisition process, but that will only get us so far.
Feel free to throw in your two cents worth. I encourage your input and opinions.