I am officially available. Yes, any NFL sports team (with some exceptions noted below) can now try to win my allegiance and support as a fan. It’s not that I am a quitter. I have stayed with the Dallas Cowboys for years. But there are just some things that will never be okay. As long as Jerry Jones is the guy calling the shots, I just don’t think I can trust the Cowboys. They have broken my heart for the last time. It’s kind of like a marriage where the mother-in-law is too involved and won’t butt out. I am truly grieved.
I knew the relationship was beyond repair earlier in the season when Jerry Jones (aka the mother-in-law) signed Roy Williams for a gaggle of draft picks. Another locker room malcontent, yes, that is exactly what the Cowboys need. It is as if Jerry Jones likes to hire guys who will make headlines. Hey, here’s a little tip Jerry. Chemistry is not made with Benjamins. It is made by getting quality people who have more than talent. They must have character and a coach who knows how to lead the way.
Dallas is in trouble because it has paid too much and locked up too many spoiled players for long term contracts. The head coach is a great defensive coordinator, but he has never won the big games as a head coach. Come on? Do you really expect Wade Philips to change after being in the league for 30 years. I don’t buy what he said in the recent press conference.
The Cowboys offense needs to get creative and figure out ways to handle the press better so it doesn’t turnover the ball as much. I don’t know that the problem is any one player as much as the play calling. Some key guys were hurt this year. But the receiving corp needs to decide if they will be selfless and do what is truly best for the team. If not, the guys who cry about not getting the ball enough should go.
There is more that I could say about what needs to be fixed. But it is just too painful. I really think it all start with Jerry Jones. He should do everybody in sports a big favor and sell the team to a person who will not meddle in player decisions.
Okay, now on to the future. I have certain criteria for my new team. Here is my list:
1.) No teams in the NFC East. That would be like dating a cousin. You just don’t do that because I will always have a place in my heart for Dallas.
2.) No team in the Northeast. That would offend my Southern roots too much. Thus, no Jets, Giants, Patriots, Bills, etc.
3.) No Steelers or Green Bay Packers because my brother and Jeff McBee would gloat too much. They would always make comments about how it is nice that I have “seen the light” or “come over from the dark side.”
4.) No Patriots because I hate cheaters. Plus, I am tired of hearing how Belichick is the smartest being on the planet next to God.
5.) No team with maniac owners. You know if you have a maniac owner because he thinks he knows more about player selection than NFL scouts and experts. Another sign is anyone who acts like Al Davis. Thus, no Raiders, Redskins, Cowboys, etc.
6.) No teams with losing traditions. Some teams seem to never win. It is as if they are cursed. Sports karma keeps them from ever doing well. This would exclude the Lions, the Cardinals, the Bengals, etc.
7.) No arch rivals of the Cowboys. See reason #1. This would exclude the 49ers.
8.) The desired candidate should be a good sports town with civil fans who root for their teams without booing Santa Claus.
9.) The desired candidate should have a decent winning tradition although they don’t have to necessarily be a top team this year.
10.) The desired candidate should have strong coaching and a tradition of owners who know how to stay out of player decisions.
11.) I would prefer a team that is located within a day’s drive of my hometown. This would allow me to go to a game every once and a while.
12.) The ideal candidate would seek players with strong character who are good role models. These players will work hard on every play and seek to achieve team goals over personal notoriety.
13.) The ideal candidate should be competitive with player compensation although a somewhat frugal shopper that is smart about how much it pays players.
14.) A cool mascot and logo wouldn’t hurt.
15.) Having a few high profile Christians on the team would also be another positive.
Based on my criteria. I have come up with a number of teams that are in the running. Here’s my current list.
Titans, Panthers, Falcons, Colts, and Bears. I might also accept the Rams or Chiefs although these are long shots. With the playoffs under way and free agency to follow, I will look to see what the various contenders show me.