Monday, November 8, 2010
Cowboys, Vikings Fragile Farce Calls for Vital Culture Change
If we can feel sorry for a wealthy owner who mostly morphed into an egomaniacal weasel, just so he can control the most successful franchise in football now in disarray, then we are currently mandated to feel some sympathy for Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.
In Minnesota, of course, it was unawareness and desperateness that diminished the Minnesota Vikings, tarnishing the favorable team in the NFC North division as a crisis in the locker room lurks and recklessly has doomed chemistry.
Consider it a fragile disaster, the worse storm to ever hit a pair of franchises with traditionally plenty of fortunate and good history. So now we gaze at each team, currently mired in turmoil for travails that have turned inevitable at a time when we are pathetically watching the Cowboys and Vikings self-destruct and fade out of the postseason equation. It is, without a doubt, the most unfamiliar dilemma involving two franchises in the history of the sport.
There’s a glaring understanding as to why the Vikings are suffocating in these circumstances, while the absurdity and tension draws unnecessary drama. It’s as if owner Zygi Wilf barely noticed the discontent of fans loudly begging for a change in leadership in order to salvage a miserable season from toppling entirely.
It’s clearly a lot of pressure on Brad Childress, now that the Vikings are falling apart. By the time Childress emerged from the tunnel on Sunday, the malcontent Vikings faithful serenaded boos and chanted “Fire Childress!” unpleasant choruses heard throughout the afternoon.
Now is the time to fire Childress, just as it’s time to jettison Phillips, two coaches who have lost control of their players and no longer can emphasize a precise message or enlighten their teams to play with urgency. This is how it will be for Minnesota, until Childress is canned by his loyal boss.
It took almost half of the season before team executives running the Vikings realized that Childress is too passive and soft in taking charge within a franchise in vital need of discipline and motivation. The bearing concept of losing self-confidence is because of Childress’ liberal demeanor, allowing his players to enact too freely.
“I think they came expecting to see an execution,” Childress said. “And it ended up a pretty good football game at the end.
And on Sunday, fans were hoisting signs that said “Fire Chilly”—with crowd waiting anxiously for Childress to be fired, an overwhelming population distraught ever since he was involved in a screaming and verbal dispute with receiver, Percy Harvin, who also applauded New England.
There’s a sense that most of the Vikings players weren’t enamored with Childress after he inadvisedly dumped gifted receiver Randy Moss. At that point, he and Moss were unable to coexist, but now it’s certain he cannot flourish with the rest of his players.
In all honesty, the guys’ respect level has tapered. And eternally, of course, they have lost trust in Childress, just as well as the disgruntled supporters. With exactly 10,000 signatures imploring for Childress’ ouster, firing him instantly rids all the interruptions and havoc. So, as much talk escalated when Childress carelessly cut star receiver Moss, brought in 26 days earlier and then fabricated what took place following his unexpected release, Wilf was circumvented by Childress.
What is pathetic is that he wasn’t manly and had never discussed the issue over with his team owner. In the most nauseous week, Wilf was incensed and considered keeping Moss and firing Childress. After all the craziness in the past week, he seems a bit livid and unhappy with his coach.
If so, then firing Childress resolve troubles that has pernicious a flawed team.
As for the Cowboys, the logical assumption of a fragile team on the brink of mischief is that firing Phillips is merely the remedy for resuscitating America’s team. This has been a season like no other, bothered by tremendous shame and disgrace.
This is a peculiar age in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, a famous team traditionally known for winning and advancing atop each season. It seems the concept is losing each game, as we gather a national avowal and ridicule the Cowboys, renaming the over praised franchise the girly Cowgirls.
We clearly know that times are fragile because we almost witness the Cowboys being toppled against any opponent these days. By the time it all ended Sunday night at Green Bay, where the ‘Boys were embarrassed and discovered sitting on the sideline wearing long faces in despair, Jones stared down onto the field from the press box in distressed. By the time the Cowboys were trounced in a 45-7 demolition to the Packers, Jones was swarmed by reporters and unhappily talked about an unavailing season.
“There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences,” a bleak Jones said. “I’m talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know first hand what it is to have high expectations.”
Afterward the dreary annihilation, Phillips admittedly said it was paltry coaching.
“We looked like a bad football team—with bad coaching.”
No, the Cowboys looked like a girly football team, with no guidance.
The theory here is that Jones desires bringing aboard a jellyfish as his head coach. And so, he’ll likely be smarter by phoning Bill Cowher to restructure a poorly coached franchise, albeit he refuses to address the team’s necessities and hasn’t corrected the unquestionably problems.
Turns out, from listening to Jones, he sounds like a person guilty for putting together a brand of talent but hiring a phlegmatic coach with a dense mindset, which has eradicated the morale and the positive disposition of a dispirited team.
“But we have so many things that we need to correct and address, as this game so vividly exposed and previous games have,” Jones said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do, got a lot of decisions to make. And it’s not just one, two, three or four. There are several decisions. I think everybody in this country would agree that there’s a lot wrong with this team that we’ve got to address, and I’m certainly the one to address it.”
In our lifetimes, this is by far the worse Cowboys team we’ve ever seen. A lot of football lords are shedding in tears, worried about the welfare of Jones and his Cowboys.
For now, however, Jones stands by Phillips and has urged everyone that he’ll retain him as head coach until the end of the season. By now, Cowboys fans should be staging a funeral for Phillips outside of the colossal palace that Jones invested billions in creations.
Are the Cowboys done? Certainly. The only thing worth playing for is pride, if that.
Just so you know, Phillips is the equivalent of Childress. But once a upon a time, Phillips seemed like the right guy for the job earlier during his regime, but he already had a fundamentally sound core that future Hall of Famer Bill Parcells assembled. Aside from all this drama in Dallas, courtesy of the soap opera transpiring in the land of 10,000 lakes, Childress is just as bad.
He wasn’t always doomed, though, but now his job security just like Phillips is called into question. He is, indeed, a spongy mentor and allowed Brett Favre to selfishly hold the Vikings hostage in his offseason charade. Remember the time when he chastised his star running back Adrian Peterson for missing a mandatory practice, but allowed the veteran Favre to skip out on training camp and minicamps.
Needless to say, this is now the time for the ‘Boys and Vikes to react.
This calls for a vital culture change.