Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach is still stinging from the disastrous end to the Cowboys’ 2008 season. The Cowboys closed Texas Stadium with a stunning loss to the playoff-bound Ravens. Then they followed that up with a 44-6 loss at Philadelphia.
The image of the Cowboys being listless on the Lincoln Financial Field left an indelible image on Staubach who questions the Cowboys’ effort in that game.
- “I was unbelievably disappointed watching that Eagles game. I’ve never been so upset, because it just wasn’t going to happen. It just seemed like they almost gave up in the second half.”
Staubach believes that the distractions hurt quarterback Tony Romo. Staubach said he also had to deal with some strong personalities when he was playing with the Cowboys.
- “You can do that in a way where you’re still a team player. You don’t broadcast it. … If I was Tony Romo, I would have been upset with that, being accused. Now you’re dropping back to throw, and you’re over there [thinking], ‘You can’t do that. You’ve got to throw it to the person that you feel is going to make the play for you, and they’re all good receivers.’”
Strife with teammates should be kept in the locker room. Well, until a former player can make a movie about it. But in fairness, North Dallas 40 didn’t come out until 1979.