OK, Cowboy season over.
At the beginning of this season, the national consensus was that the Cowboys had top talent, some depth, and were favored to make a strong run to a championship of one sort or another. Although blown out in their final game in last season's playoffs, they finished strong during the regular season (especially the defense) and won a playoff game, yay.
Turns out, they sucked.
They sucked for a variety of reasons. Phillips sucked. Players with strong 2009s sucked in 2010. There was a dinstinctive lack of on- and off-field nonsucking leadership among the elite players. Coaches, oh yeah, they sucked too.
Now that the whole season has sucked, however, I'm hearing things like "the talent was overrated" and "we've got to draft at [name any one of a half-dozen positions] because we have no depth and our starters suck."
In other words, the pre-season expert conseusus has completely turned around, and those same experts (and Cowboy fans who agreed with them) are now saying exactly the opposite. Now mark: They're not saying that the players just sucked in the course of playing their 2010 games -- they're saying that the talent level sucked from the outset.
I don't propose to argue this one way or the other. Here's my Tickety question: Did anyone at The Ticket predict anything like this?
This is a sincere question, and not one intended to be critical. There's no reason for the Ticket experts to have had any insights that the national experts didn't have. I'm only curious as to whether anyone at The Ticket -- anyone, hosts, producers, weekend guys, Alexis, board ops, the Ticket Mouse -- saw this coming. I'm not sure whether to count guys like Mike R who seem simply to dislike the Cowboys. (Or am I wrong about that? I may be.) Yeah, I think we can count Mike R -- what was his pre-season outlook? Was there a discouraging word from anyone up or down the broadcast day?
I don't get to hear Norm or BaD very often, so don't know their pre-season views on the Cowboys. I have a dim memory that maybe Dan McDowell was skeptical.
I recall an interview with a pre-season analyst who puts out a detailed mathematical analysis of the teams in some kind of a magazine or yearbook or something. I think the interview was on BaD Radio. The analyst thought that the Cowboys would be last in the division. (I recall that among the reasons he gave was the age of the offensive line.) I don't recall BaD's reaction.
As I say -- I'm not saying that the Ticket guys are bad analysts -- I'm just wondering if someone at the station deserves a pat on the back as having seen things more clearly than the rest of us way back when. Maybe the Sports Humorist?
PS: Isn't Greg Williams usually on the Cowboys post-game show? He doesn't seem to be on this evening. Anyone know if he's on vacation for the holidays? Has he been on RaGE?
Have a fine 2011, all.