Year in and year out, some new faces and different players, however the same disappointing results. The direction for building a team has been wrong all along. You don't have to keep driving down a dark highway for many more miles to realize you've been heading in the wrong direction for a while. It's time to stop, reevaluate the identity of the team and change course.
What i mean is, create a system, an environment that your current players can thrive and play according to their abilities. The organization for so long has tried to force Tony Romo to be a franchise all star Super Bowl leading QB....which he is not. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you can right the ship.
I look at 49ers and how they became successful with Alex Smith. It hasn't always been like this, the guy was even hated and almost given up on. But management finally realized that Alex Smith is who he is and they stopped trying to make him something that he isn't. Gradually, they built pieces around Smith so that he didn't have to do as much, preventing him from throwing games away. Smith became a game manager and it has tranformed the 49ers into one of the best teams in the league. Their management stopped looking for "bandaids" and finally went back to square one football "You win on the lines". Focusing on building a run oriented offensive line getting back to hard nosed football while adding pieces to build a dominant defense. The foundation to that successful defense like many successful defenses is having an all pro middle linebacker in Patrick Willis along with a great line up front. You don't have to throw 50 million dollars at a cornerback, you can fill in those pieces last if you build your defense the right way.
I say all of this to say that it works and wins. The 49ers beat the Jets in their home stadium this weekend 34-0 and Smith only threw for 143 yards and 0tds. There are many games like this where the 49ers do not rely on Alex Smith to win the game. They've considerably lightened the load on his shoulders which has prevented him from being a turnover machine.
Tony Romo is not a bad QB. It's just that the wrong responsibility has been placed on his shoulders for the past few years. He will be a bad QB under bad management, bad coaching and surrounded by bad personnel. However, he can be an excellent game manager, even much better than Alex Smith. Remember, even Trent Dilfer won a superbowl.
The question is, will Dallas change direction and accept that fact, or continue to drive down the wrong road to keep him as a gunslinger?
Some tips for the "GM" for this new direction:
- Keep Romo, but change the focus of the team which will be hard nosed running styled football.
-Draft/sign run style offensive lineman.
- Find another tough rb with speed like Demarco Murray to pair those two together. Make them the feature of the offense and build the offense around the run game.
-Either seriously mentor or trade Dez Bryant, his issues are only going to be a distraction for the new culture and direction of the team.
-If/when you trade Bryant, hopefully target a stud middle linebacker. Focus on building that front 4 and fill in safeties as additional pieces later.
-Oh, and hire a coach who knows what they are doing.
Jerry Jones may not want to accept this fact. He wants the media attention, the flashing lights, the high powered offense. And he will continue to lose this way. Getting back to real football may not be glamorous and as fun or exciting, however it's the quickest way to get back on the path to winning consistently.
What are your tips for the organization?