- The Dallas Cowboys have struggled through the first half of the 2018-19 NFL season.
- The Cowboys have a 3-5 record on the season and rank 29th in net total yards despite boasting offensive weapons such as quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliot, and newly-acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper.
- After Dallas’ latest loss to the Tennessee Titans, seven-year-old Cowboys superfan Rylan Wood wrote a brutal letter to long-time franchise owner Jerry Jones to complain about the team’s woeful season.
- The second-grader managed to say what every Dallas fan is thinking at this point in the season.
The Dallas Cowboys look much closer to America’s worst team than to America’s team at this point in the 2018-19 season.
It’s still early, but Dallas looks primed to miss its second-straight playoffs. The Cowboys have a 3-5 record on the season and rank 29th in net total yards despite boasting offensive weapons such as quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliot, and newly-acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper. In their most recent loss, the Cowboys jumped out to an early lead on the Tennessee Titans but went completely cold in the second half to lose by 14.
Seven-year-old superfan Rylan Wood stayed up as late as he could to watch the Monday Night Football game, but he had to go to bed so he could wake up for second grade the following morning. When he woke up and learned that Dallas had lost the game, Wood was so fed up with his team’s efforts that he decided to pen a brutal letter to long-time owner Jerry Jones.
“He told me, ‘If the Cowboys lose, I really want to write a letter,'” Wood’s mother, Kayla Jimenez, told USA Today’s Matt Howerton. “He told me that he wanted to write a letter to Jerry Jones.”
And so he did. Wood came home from school and began scrawling a frustrated message on behalf of Cowboys fans everywhere. When Wood announced he had completed the letter, Jimenez posted the finished product to her Facebook page before sending it off in the mail.
“Dear Mr. Jones,
My name is Rylan Wood. I am a 7-year-old 2nd grade student in Mansfield, Texas. My family has been Dallas Cowboys fans since the team was started. I have a lot of Cowboy gear and I have met ‘Zeke, Taco, Jason Witten and two other players who play on other teams.
You have made my mum very mad because WE SUCK! Every game day she is yelling at the TV and turns off the game. We are wanting to believe in the boy but its hard. I hope ‘Coach Garrett’ is clapping if this letter gets to you. See what happens when Dez X is gone?? The cheerleaders are better than the team this year. I do not want to hurt your feelings.
Like Wood, fans have increasingly criticised Jason Garrett and called on Jones to part ways with his nine-year head coach. Throughout the season, Garrett has come under fire for cautious playcalling that has cost the Cowboys games on numerous occasions. Perhaps trading a future first-round draft pick for Amari Cooper was meant to spark the team heading into the second half of the season, but Dallas has still fallen flat even him on the field.
“He’s saying what everyone is thinking,” Jimenez said. “I laughed and laughed before I posted it.”