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The Rangers and the Cowboys definitely seem to be going in different directions right now, with very different philosophies. 

That point was driven home by the observations of a couple of different national writers this weekend. 

First, Peter Gammons, via the S-T:

Ron Washington dubs this Rangers team "resilient" for bouncing back after a tough loss. None was ever tougher than Game 1 of the ALCS.

Well, when the bullpen failed miserably in a 6-5 loss Friday night, MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons walked into the clubhouse and saw something he really admired.

"I was impressed with how Ian Kinsler stood up and out front afterward," said the Boston-based baseball writer/TV analyst of 40 seasons.

"The whole team stood up. Nobody hid. That's a good sign."

 

Second, Ed Werder, from ESPN Dallas:

 

The Dallas Cowboys locker room is the absolute worst place to look for the supposed leaders of the Dallas Cowboys locker room. Or at least it is following defeats, and especially when that happens to be a disturbingly frequent outcome.

One exception is defensive lineman Marcus Spears, who is readily available and uniquely insightful.

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You cannot make losing easy or acceptable, which is what I believe Phillips has done. He has created a culture at Valley Ranch in which he insulates everybody from criticism, never singles anybody out for blame, refuses to hold players accountable and has convinced his team that the media is the cause of any problems.

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If I'm infuriated when the Cowboys lose, and the only guys available in the locker room to explain are Spears, Igor Olshansky, Roy E. Williams and Orlando Scandrick how must those players truly feel about their higher-paid, more celebrated teammates disappearing into training rooms, meeting rooms or players' lounges?

 

While the Cowboy homers will no doubt dismiss this as being part of an anti-Cowboy bias by Werder, and an anti-Cowboy bias from ESPN, it isn't as if this is really new.  One of the consistent complaints about the underachieving Cowboys the past couple of years is thereluctance by the organization to hold the players accountable when they fail or fall short.

On the other hand, the Rangers, who I think have overachieved the past couple of years, have no such issues.  Ron Washington may be a "player's manager," but he has been tough on his players when it has been warranted, has benched guys who needed to be benched, has moved guys out of roles and dropped them from the 25 man roster when they haven't performed.

The Ranger organization has demanded a lot of their players, and have been rewarded. 

And it really drives home the difference between these two organizations, and may help explain why one is experiencing so much success, while the other...is not.