Cowboys Lose, Greg Hardy Continues To Dominate Their Season Narrative
It's hard to argue the idea that Tony Romo really is the MVP of the Dallas Cowboys after they lost their seventh consecutive game on Sunday, making this the first Cowboys team to do so since Jerry Jones bought the franchise in 1989.
They are now at 2-7 and in last place in the NFC East after losing an atrocious 10-6 game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cowboys are very close to being statistically eliminated from playoff contention. Their only two wins came in the first two weeks of the season when Tony Romo was their starter. Since losing their star QB to a broken clavicle in that Week 2 game, Dallas has been in a full on tailspin.
Between Dez Bryant battling injuries of his own and the circus that continually surrounds Greg Hardy, the team is anything but united. Head coach Jason Garrett seems to genuinely dislike having to make excuses for Hardy in order to avoid a conflicting viewpoint with Jones, who has called the embattled, violent defensive end a "leader.
This has sparked a media war between those who believe that Hardy should not have a job in the NFL and those who believe that the media is manufacturing controversy where it may not actually exist. According to multiple tweets on Sunday, Hardy had to be seperated from fellow lineman Demarcus Lawrence on the sideline.
And yet, the teammates looked to be fine when back on the field together on the next play.
This is just a small representation of how skewed and irreverent the coverage surround the Cowboys has become. Everyone is on Greg Hardy Watch, including the coaches and the owner. Meanwhile there is an entire team that is very obviously suffering from issues in every aspect of their game.
Romo is slated to return as the starter next week in Miami against the Dolphins. As one of the best quarterbacks in the league in December, he is definitely capable of doing his part in getting the team to 8-8 or winning out to finish at 9-7. The only huge obstacle they face is in Week 12 against the Panthers and perhaps in Week 14 against the currently struggling Packers.
Unfortunately for Romo, he cannot carry a team that concerns itself more with the trappings of controversy than with winning fotball games.
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