As Redskins fans, we like to complain about the state of the franchise. There are very good reasons for that. But I have convinced myself that the Cowboys are actually in a worse state than the Redskins. I have mostly convinced myself of this to keep me from sobbing uncontrollably, but still, here goes.
Neither team has had any recent success. The Redskins last won the Super Bowl in 1991. The Cowboys last won a Super Bowl in 1995. Okay, those four years where the Cowboys were winning Super Bowls and Norv Turner was deciding between John Friesz and Heath Shuler were painful, but that was a long time ago. Since 1996, both teams have won exactly two playoff games. Fifteen years of futility versus twenty years doesn’t make mush of a difference, historically.
We love to complain about how Dan Snyder is too involved in the football operations. Jerry Jones is the Cowboys’ general manager!
A big deal is made about how Dan Snyder goes through too many coaches. Well, since 1996, the Redskins have had six different coaches. Guess what? So have the Cowboys. Zorn and Spurrier may have been embarrassments, but remember Dave Campo, Chan Gailey and Wade Phillips? At least Joe Gibbs won a playoff game in his second stint with the Redskins. The hall of fame coach the Cowboys brought in, Bill Parcells, couldn’t even manage that.
Same goes for quarterbacks. Since LaVar Arrington ended Troy Aikman's career, the Cowboys have struggled just as much as the Redskins have to find a franchise signal caller. Did you know that Chad Hutchinson was the leading passer for the 2002 Cowboys? Do you have any idea who Chad Hutchinson is?
The Cowboys current quarterback situation is even worse than it is for the Redskins. The Redskins quarterback assessment is depressing, but simple — they have no good quarterbacks. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have been thinking for the last five seasons that Tony Romo is their franchise quarterback. The bad news for them is that Tony Romo is essentially Rex Grossman, but with fewer playoff wins. I suppose Romo gets bonus points having more spectacular collapses and more stylish postgame hats.
Okay, so crazy old Jerry did end up building a better stadium than Jack Kent Cook did. But that’s about all that the Cowboys have over the Redskins. If you think about it, a loss to Dallas on Sunday won’t just hurt because it would be the sixth straight loss and because it’s against a rival. It will also hurt to lose to such a pathetic franchise.