Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jay Mariotti overreacts to Wade Phillips retention as Cowboys head coach.

It's a shame that Jay Mariotti (pictured) has stopped doing actual journalism and now relies solely on his first emotional knee-jerk reaction to a story. Take for example his latest overreactionary masterpiece over at Fanhouse about The Dallas Cowboys retaining Wade Phillips for another season.
To be honest, if you're read one criticism of Jerry Jones, you're read them all. Mariotti pretty much doles out all the usual criticisms of Jerry Jones. He meddles. He's an egomaniac. He spent too much money on the Heathen Temple to His Own Avarice Cowboys' Stadium. Pretty much it could be summed up by The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before." Move along, nothing new to see here.
Which is a shame, because it would have been nice to get Mariotti's opinion on Adam Schefter's contention about the retention of Phillips. Schefter suggests that the possible work stoppage that could derail the 2011 NFL season might factor into Jones' thinking. "If the work stoppage many are predicting does materialize, teams will need coaches who know their players and players who know the coach's system," he says. "A coaching change at that time could be destructive, and teams know it."
Mariotti's blowing sports stories out of proportion can be fun, but when it lacks any sort or new insight it can get a little tiring. It helps a writer when he's writing to be willing to listen to other voices. Other voices than the ones in his head, that is.

(via Fanhouse, ESPN)

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