The Dallas Cowboys are a talented team with high aspirations to compete for a Super Bowl title. However, there is always an obstacle that gets in their way.
If anyone watches the ESPN sports show “First Take”, you know all to well that sports analyst Stephen A. Smith is a notorious Cowboys HATER.
Smith uses a phrase to describe the pitfalls of the Dallas Cowboys: “AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN!”
As much as I dislike the phrase, Smith is as absolutely right. He’s so right that I’m accustomed to bad news coming from the Cowboys, especially when the expectations are so high.
The latest accident waiting to happen is the expected 10-game suspension of defensive end Randy Gregory. The second year pass rusher was already suspended the first four games of the season because of a failed drug test.
At the moment, it’s not clear if Gregory missed a drug test or a failed a drug test. Regardless, a missed test is treated like a failed test.
Mr. Gregory failed miserably once again.
For his sake, the talented edge rusher has entered an undisclosed drug facility and his representatives are working on the reduction of his pending 10-game suspension.
As forecasted, the ugly head of bad news has hit the Cowboys in one of its weakest areas – pass rushing.
Just when it looked as if the Cowboys would survive the four game suspensions of Gregory and fellow defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence, the team must prepare itself for six more games without the services of the promising edge rusher.
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Plus, there is the possibility Gregory could miss the entire season. This is some of the worst news for the Cowboys defense because it was counting on Gregory to be a heavy contributor and definitely improving in his sophomore season.
Now the Cowboys are relying on unproven defensive linemen like Ben Mayowa and Ryan Russell to bring pressure off the edge. Of course, Tyrone Crawford, Jack Crawford, Cedric Thornton, and rookies Maliek Collins and Charles Tapper will contribute.
Although the aforementioned defensive linemen are decent players, none of them are sack artists, putting constant pressure on the quarterback. Thornton will bring pressure up the middle, but we all know he’s not the next Warren Sapp.
Basically, this puts more pressure on the offense to carry the defense like a new born baby. Further, it creates a sense of urgency for quarterback Tony Romo to lead the Cowboys to the promise land.
I wrote an article two weeks ago about Romo carrying the burden of the Cowboys. As of right now, that’s exactly what the prolific signal caller will be doing.
The absence of Gregory has a domino effect on the overall functioning of the team.
The next sad situation for the Cowboys is the alleged domestic violence case involving Ezekiel Elliott’s former live-in girlfriend. As of right now, no charges have been filed, and Elliott claims his innocence.
Also, Elliott says he never lived with Tiffany Thompson (the alleged victim) and that she received her bruises during a bar fight (not with Elliott). There are reports of witnesses corroborating Elliott’s story.
According to reports, Thompson will move forward with her case.
Although Elliott has not been charged, the dark cloud of domestic violence hanging over Elliott’s head and the image of the Cowboys’ organization as a whole can have a negative impact on the whole team.
Remember the Greg Hardy domestic violence case?
The NFL is doing its best to punish players for assaulting women with lengthy suspensions and zero tolerance for domestic violence, which I applaud them for.
However, nothing surprises me about the Cowboys anymore, absolutely nothing. A great player with good character is accused of assaulting a former live-in girlfriend, and another talented player continues to violate the NFL’s substance-abuse player.
The latter was thought to have his demons under control. Hopefully, Gregory can concentrate and get the help he needs.
There are times where I truly believe the Cowboys’ players are auditioning for acting roles in an upcoming Hollywood movie about overcoming their failures, only to defeat the odds and lead Dallas to the Super Bowl.
That won’t happen.
Because the Cowboys are AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN!