Sam Cooke's voice is the music..."Well don't you know, that's the sound of the men, working on the blame ga-ame." It seems we all want to figure out who is to blame for everything related to the team. I figured I'd just create a thread for it and let people air their lungs out. Blame whatever and whomever you want. Get it out. Don't hold it in. ************ 1989, the exit of Tom Landry. Everything about that was wrong. I blame Bum Bright for hating Landry and insisting that the sale of the team be contingent upon his being fired. I blame Bum for sabotaging Landry's last few years by giving him nothing in the way of things he needed. I blame Jerry Jones for the way he handled it. I blame Tex Schramm for not wanting to be involved and not figuring out how it should have been done. I do not however place any blame upon Jimmy Johnson. I believe he did exactly what he should have, and that is accept the challenge to coach in the NFL. *** 1994, the end of the Jimmy Johnson era. I blame Jerry and Jimmy almost evenly. I place more blame upon Jerry than I do upon Jimmy for one simple reason. I would have done anything and everything in my power to keep Jimmy from leaving. I do not believe Jerry did. I don't believe Jimmy wanted to stay. I blame them both for messing up a great thing. I am glad that Troy, Emmitt, and Michael recently spoke out on this to Rich Eisen. I think both men realized they screwed up, but they should have realized it before screwing up. 1994, Barry Switzer. I blame Jerry. I don't blame Barry at all. He did just what Jimmy did. He accepted the challenge of the NFL. The only thing that keeps me from going completely anti-Barry Switzer is Michael Irvin after they won the Super Bowl. I can't stand the man. I think he undisciplined, devil may care ways were the worst thing that ever happened to this football team, by far. I honestly believe he set the team back 5 years. I have an amendment to that accusation later. *** 1996, the first of six consecutive playoff losses. Very hard for me to agree with some posters that this was a bad team. They were the defending Super Bowl Champs, but they were also starting down that really bad path from the Switzer influence. But I cannot ignore one thing about that team. They simply could not score. 286 points on the season. Losing to the 2nd year Carolina Panthers is one of the hardest losses for me to accept of them all. Going for 2 points in the 2nd quarter was stupid. Honestly, I blame Switzer. I think he lost the team that day and in 1997 they quit on him. *** 1998, Chan Gailey arrives and a 2nd playoff loss in a row happens. Didn't like the Chan Gailey hiring. In retrospect I think he got a bum deal by Jerry. So I blame Jerry. I also see where the Salary Cap, injuries, critical players reaching the age where they were less effective, and let's face it, 5 straight suspect drafts killed us. We had the occasional nice find, but it simply was not good enough. I put a huge amount of blame on Larry Lacewell and Jerry Jones. Gailey brought back scoring. He won another NFC East title. I have nothing but gratitude to him for that. I still can't figure out how we lost to the Cardinals. In the season we scored 73 points on them in 2 games. In the playoffs we went 3 quarter without scoring a single point and finished with just 7. Aikman was awful, and he was almost never awful. There's no excuse for that loss. Beyond painful for me because I live in AZ and the Cardinals are horrible in post season History. I blame everyone. 1999, a wildcard loss after an 8-8 season. Weirdest season in our History in some ways. When we won, we won in impressive fashion. When we lost it was usually by just a few points. 6 of our 8 losses were by 7 points or less. We get to the playoffs, score 10 points in the 1st quarter and then forgot how to score the rest of the game. Michael Irvin got hurt that year. I've often wondered how things might have been different if he hadn't. I honestly believe Chan would have got a fair shake and we might have been decent. I blame the turf at Veterans Stadium. *** The Campo Era, 2000-2002. Egads. Only 4 good things happened in the Campo era. 1. Larry Lacewell was replaced by Jeff Ireland. 2. Emmitt Smith broke the rushing record. 3. Campo actually owned the Redskins, winning 5 of his 15 games against them. 4. Campo sucked so bad Jerry finally put his ego away and went after the Big Tuna. I blame Jerry Jones. I blame Campo. I blame Larry Lacewell. They were the three people most in charge of the fate of the football team. It is debatable who did the worst of the three. I'll put it on Jerry the most so that hopefully it placates some of that crowd. *** 2003 - 2006. Parcells arrives. Best things Jerry Jones did since the Jimmy era ended. Parcells proved something to Jerry that needed to be proven to him in the worst possible way. A good Head Coach, working with a good talent evaluator can give you a good football team. Now, I have said it in recent days and I am going to say it again. Parcells did not get the job done. I do blame him for that. He stubbornly refused to want a franchise QB, all he needed was a bus driver. In the 1980s with the Giants 3-4 D and a solid running attack...sure. That doesn't work in Dallas freaking Texas. We need great QBs to have the results we crave. Don Meredith. Roger Staubach. Danny White. Troy Aikman. A pantheon of great QBs. A QB Grand Slam. Leaders. Guys who got the job done to the best of their ability, and if they came up short, and a couple of them did, you can still look back in retrospect and appreciate. I give Parcells credit for bringing in Bledsoe. A move I applaud. I give him zero credit for bringing in Vinny Testaverde because Kurt Warner wanted to play here and would have been hundreds times better. Oh what might have been. Of course, Warner delays the arrival of the best thing to happen to us in the Parcells era, a return of a great QB, Tony Romo. I think we had all the pieces at the end of the Parcells reign, but I think he had lost heart. I do blame him. I appreciate the putting together of the football team, but I blame him. He wasn't into it enough at the end. I was shocked when he didn't go after the Seahawks patchwork secondary. I honestly think the Parcells we had in 2003 could have taken the 2006 team far. I think he could have taken the 2007 team all the way. *** 2007, Wade Phillips arrives. I like Wade. I really do. I think it is unfortunate that a truly good guy who is a very good football mind, doesn't inspire players to run through walls. He had incredible talent and did great things with it in 2007. Who do I blame for the 2007 playoff loss? No one. I just think the Giants were the better team that day. TO and Glenn were hobbled. The Giants CBs realized it, told the coaches and Coughlin made chess moves that won. I tip my hat to them. I don't think we were a dumb team or any of the things I often hear. I am not blaming it on injuries. The Giants were better at the crucial time. I am not afraid to say that. 2009, playoff loss to the Vikings. I blame the entire team. No one showed up to play. Especially the OL. They nearly got Tony killed. The Vikings handed us our butts. No one fought back. I blame the entire team. I think that loss killed 2010. Especially with the sham that was Training Camp, and no I don't mean two sites. No hitting. Going through the motions. I blame Wade. *** 2011, I had high expectations that were somewhat tempered. I did think we could win the NFC East and I felt that right up until we finished 3rd due to tiebreakers. I give Jason Garrett credit for trying to purge 3/5 of an OL in one season but in the end they and the secondary cost us dearly. I blame Dave Campo and his don't look for the ball philosophies a lot. I blame Jerry and Jason for keeping him around. I am certain the inability to run up the middle killed what was a promising season. *** 2012. If we fail again, I am going to blame Canada. All right folks, I hope you'll enjoy getting stuff off your chest. Make it fun. Out with the bad air, in with the good air. Breathe. Let 'er rip.