We can disagree about Cowboys, but you are mistaken By Randy Galloway / Knight Ridder Newspapers (KRT) September 22, 2005 FORT WORTH, Texas — We're all friends, right? So when it comes to sports (I won't push it on the topics of religion or politics) we can all disagree, right? And still be friends. I thought so. So don't take it personally when I give this opinion: I'm right. You're wrong. After the classic Cowboys collapse of Monday evening, I'm still climbing out from under a Himalayan stack of angry e-mails. Everybody is mad at somebody over the now-infamous FEMA four minutes to end that game. Even mad at me for not agreeing with your opinion on the hows and the whys of this disgraceful event. So in my normal fair and biased way, democracy prevailed. I polled the room. Took a vote. Final tally: I win, 1-0. Too bad you weren't present. It's good that we've got all that disagreement out of the way. So now, let me tell why you are wrong. And again, this is based on the Himalayan stack of angry e-mailed opinions. At 10-0, and 13-0, the Cowboys' offense was way too conservative. They didn't go for the throat, and ended up losing the game. Bull-bleep. The Redskins spent the first 56 minutes with about as offensive an offense as you will see in the NFL. Mark Brunell made Vinny T. look young and frisky. Clinton Portis, the running back, had Troy Hambrick numbers. The last thing the Cowboys wanted to do with their offensive plan was deliver any kind of game-changing gift to a very good Washington defense. If that game had turned late on a picked-off Drew Bledsoe pass, then we'd all have a legitimate scream of "Why did you get cute." Down 14-13, but with great field position, the Cowboys blew it with play-calling. They passed instead of running Julius. You people are nuts. But Bill Parcells second-guessed himself Wednesday, saying on a do-over he'd be running the football. Then again, on second-and-four, was there anything all night which indicated the Cows could drive into field goal range by hammering with Julius? The run-game had been consistently stuffed. And besides, Flozell Adams would have been called for holding, although Parcells was taking Flo off the hook Wednesday. Big Bill blamed Al Johnson, the center for doing "something" that caused Flo to hold. Oh, brother. Anyway, I got no problem with any of the offensive play-calling, OK? And you shouldn't either. Buffalo was right about Bledsoe. He choked at the end of that game. If I could reach that far, I'd slap you silly. This is my favorite part — the head coach carved it into stone that the Cowboys have to win with defense and a running game. But when those two fail, and, boy, did both fail, then it's time to blame the quarterback. Bledsoe did exactly Monday night what he's being told to do: Don't make stupid mistakes, and don't take silly sacks. And with four minutes left, the Cowboys were up 13-0. When that changed, now you want Bledsoe to go out and win the game for you, huh? Well, Troy is retired. Roger is rich and old. Big Bill, himself, said quarterbacks don't win games in the NFL. Defense does. Running backs do. So live with it. And don't make Bledsoe your whipping boy when he played a "perfect" game. At least it was perfect based on Big Bill's misguided standards for the most important position on the field. What was Aaron Glenn doing covering the one Redskins receiver who could beat you deep? And why wasn't he bumping Santana Moss at the line of scrimmage when the safeties were in deep coverage? Parcells obviously thinks Glenn, even at his age, is a better cover corner than Terence Newman. Anthony Henry? The Cowboys don't flip corners. The lack of a bump? Good question, but I don't have an answer for you. Roy Williams should be cut immediately. Any safety who lets a receiver get behind him twice in those situations is worthless. So much anger. So much overreaction. But I love you for it. A couple of fatal mistakes by Roy, yes, but I don't think I'd cut him. Not this week, anyway. Besides, Big Bill also took Roy off the hook Wednesday, obviously wanting to blame only Glenn. But when is two-deep coverage not two-deep coverage, and in that 70-yard bomb situation, how could the safety not be responsible for bombing raids? Or maybe that was also Al Johnson's fault. Where Roy is concerned, he needs to decide if he wants to be a safety or does he want to be on Sports Center, blowing up people with his hits. And Parcells needs to help him make that decision. Pronto. The Cowboys lost this game because of a late defensive collapse involving two veteran players (Williams and Glenn). And because three veteran offensive linemen (Flozell, Larry Allen and Marco Rivera) all had penalties that negatively impacted drives. The kids didn't fail, the veterans did. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The vote just went to 2-0 on the right opinion about Monday night. This was a loss that will make the Cowboys better in the long run. Ah, yes, the optimistic outlook. Sorry, but you're wrong. There was nothing about Monday night that will make the Cowboys better, not even Sunday on the road against a bad San Fran outfit. Are we all still friends? If so, can I now give you my opinions on religion and politics? __ © 2005, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Visit the Star-Telegram on the World Wide Web at http://www.star-telegram.com. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.