It’s not like there weren’t other issues for the Dallas Cowboys during their season-opening loss to the New York Jets, but to add to the general misery, their headsets weren’t working.
Sportswriters as well as viewers noticed that the Cowboys offense “seemed to be confused at times,” according to Blue Star, a site which bills itself “The Center Of the Dallas Cowboys Universe.”
And we suppose if the guardians of the center of your universe are saying you’re confused, you’re confused. But as it turns out, technology is partly to blame. That and the fact that Tony Romo is not a big-game quarterback, but that’s another few beers.
They drew two delay of game penalties during the course of the loss, Blue Star noted, including “one right before that crucial blocked punt. They regularly ran the play clock down to the wire, and generally had a ‘hey, what’s going on here?’ look to them on a number of plays,” which wasn’t entirely due to the Jets defense.
ESPN (News - Alert) Dallas reported that Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett said faulty technology was “at least in part to blame.” Hey the Jets are good, but they shouldn’t have had the Cowboys offense as buffaloed as they seemed.
On the Tuesday after the loss, Garrett there were a few instances that the connection between his headset and Tony Romo’s helmet was broken or unclear, according to Blue Star, which noted that hey, it’s not the first time in history this has happened.
Garrett was philosophical about it, probably realizing that in the grand scheme of things, it’s a lot easier to fix headphones than a defense that can’t stop the Jets when it needs to: “That’s the nature of the National Football League. Sometimes that happens. It seems to happen a lot on the road. You’ve just got to fight your way through that.”
He noted that quarterback Tony Romo has “a good understanding, being able to get some plays called if it’s not coming in clean. But that happened a few times in the game. We had to adjust, and a couple of times it did make us look a little sloppy getting out of the huddle because he wasn’t getting the call like he typically does.”
One wonders if it was the headsets’ fault that Tony Romo threw an interception with less than a minute to go and a winnable game on the line, but no, probably not.
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Edited by Juliana Kenny