Campo Will Be Gone

The National Football League is about one thing- results. Either produce them or get the hell out of the way. For Dave Campo, producing results is something that has yet to occur on anykind of a consistent basis. Is a change in the works for the Cowboys' staff this offseason? You bet it is.

The theory around Valley Ranch this summer was that 8-8 would be the absolute worst this team could finish in 2002.

Sure, there were some question marks at quarterback and on the offensive line, but with all the new players brought in to help this team, 3 more wins seemed like an absolute lock.

Well, here the Cowboys sit at 5-8 with just three games left on the schedule, and I'm here to tell you that the only way Dave Campo keeps his job is to win each and every one of those games.

"If our season is over and we're feeling positive and we've got a lot of promise out there, I'm not going to be in the bent to make coaching changes," owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday's loss to San Francisco.
Let's examine for a moment just what "positive" is in the mind of Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

"Positive" in the eyes of Jerry Jones is finishing the year at .500 when your team managed only 3 wins in each of the last two seasons.

"Positive" in the eyes of Jerry Jones is finishing the year by winning 5 of your last 6 games as the offense begins to gel and the defense continues to dominate.

One look at the schedule and you'll quickly realize that neither one of those things are going to happen. In fact, don't be surprised to see the Cowboys end their regular season with 3 consecutive losses.

The bottom line here is that this is the time of year when playoff hopes are crushed and teams begin to focus on next season. As bitter a pill as that may be to swallow, consider the last three opponents on the Cowboys schedule.

Dallas will finish the year with two of their remaining three games on the road. One at Washington, one at New York, and the other, a home match up with the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles.

Is anyone out there really expecting three wins in a row against those teams? It's not going to happen. Even the season ending game against the old ball coach and the Washington Redskins doesn't look like a win at this point.

It goes without saying that three losses to end the season will force Dave Campo out as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.

In fact, let's take that one step further. Winning one of the remaining three games, even against Washington, won't be enough to save his job.

There, I said it.

The loss to San Francisco just epitomized his career calling the shots at Valley Ranch. Keep the team within striking distance for 3 quarters and then miserably fail to close the deal in the end.

We saw it last season, and we've seen it even more this year. Sometimes it's just lack of execution by the players, sometimes it's been a lack of talent, and others it's just been poor coaching.

The Dallas Morning News reported an alarming statistic earlier this week: the Cowboys have lost seven games this year when they were either tied with or beating a team in the fourth quarter.

Folks, this isn't the Carolina Panthers. This is the Dallas Cowboys and that's an alarming statistic that doesn't bode well for Campo in the eyes of anyone in Valley Ranch.

Botched field goals, missed two point conversion opportunities, bad play calling, are just some of the reasons why Campo won't be roaming the sidelines next year at Texas Stadium. Never mind the fact that he's lost twice as many games as he's won over the course of the last 4 seasons.

And for Jerry Jones, nothing displayed his thoughts more than his tirade after the 49ers rallied from a 10-point 4th quarter deficit last Sunday.

"This was the most frustrating game of the most frustrating season," Jones said afterwards. "We had an opportunity to add to what had been a positive last 2-3 weeks and we let it slip away."

"A win gives us six wins and a win allows us to be thinking more about positives," Jones added.

You could almost hear it in his voice. The Cowboys owner is tired of losing. He added the key components that should have carried this team to a 9-7 record this year and it just didn't happen.

I won't be the first to tell you that the thought of making a head coaching change has crossed his mind a lot this season. It really has, and it has more than he'd like to openly admit.

And while everyone might be singing a sweet tune right now and apologizing for remarks made in the heat of the moment, it won't be enough save Campo in the end.

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