That win was fun to watch, but it will take more than one game to convince me my basic take is wrong. This is the first quality opponent the Cowboys have beaten since the Giants in week 14 of last season, a win that was followed by four straight losses to quality teams.
For the record, the Cowboys are worse this year than they were last year, and the problem is the coaching. Though it is always tempting to second-guess play calls, there is really no need to even enter that debate. The team is horrible on penalties and turnovers, and that points to coaching. The team lacks any kind of verve and attitude, and they tend to give up way too often, even though they didn't today. That also points to coaching.
After they lost 44-6 in a must-win game at an inferior Philly team at the end of the season and then PARTIED on the plane on the way home (according to a brave reporter who was rewarded by being banned from all future interaction with the Cowboys, the reason we don't hear about this kind of thing more often), that was the last straw for me. This season is just a formality. It is certain the Cowboys are never going to succeed with this coaching staff, and they won't be on the road to finally getting a playoff win and maybe being competitive even further until they start over with a completely new staff.
So in that sense, it is too bad they beat Kansas City today. A loss would've been more helpful for the team's long-term future. As it is, they will likely win 8 or 9 games this year only because they now have three wins over winless teams, two more likely wins against horrible Washington, a win against Oakland and probably one or two home wins over Atlanta/Seattle/San Diego. Everything else is against a real team, a playoff team, and that should be a loss.
My God, when the defense left Vrabel wide open for a two-yard touchdown pass, which is about his 10,000th such catch for his career ... I mean, if Philly wasn't enough, what about that? This season just feels like a waste of time, a death watch for the Wade Phillips regime. It feels like the frustrating late-80's Danny White Cowboys.