by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Redskins fans like to revel in the misery of Cowboys fans, right?

Okay, then.

That settled, the Cowboys got throttled in their preseason-opener Thursday, falling 27-7 to the San Diego Chargers, and their season outlook doesn’t appear to be any less bleak, as Tony Romo struggles to throw the deep ball while recovering from offseason back surgery.

Here’s Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, earlier this week in the Fort Worth Start Telegram.

“It’s been OK. I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it’s a little bit more inconsistent,” Wilson said. “He’s thrown all the intermediates — the fours and the seven routes and the deep outs – have been fine. It’s just the nine routes and the deep posts. Those things have been a little inconsistent. I think that’s all due to his back.”

Still though, the Cowboys maintain Romo will be under center for their regular season opener.

As for the reveling, ex-NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury paints his own bleak picture for the boys, in his Friday appearance on “Chad Dukes vs. The World.”

“I think they’re a Romo injury away – and now, not being able to stretch the field and at least have the threat of the Dez Bryants running vertical by ya’ – because of the injury, I think they’re a Tony Romo injury away from being 2-14,” Salisbury said, asked how concerned Cowboys fans should be.

“I do. I honestly, the Saints two years ago were one of the worst defenses I’d ever seen,” Salisbury went on. “And then, when I watched the Cowboys last year, I’m telling you, it was amateur hour. It was bordered on – and I don’t like to call players embarrassing, I know they’re giving effort – but I’m amazed, whether through scouting or free agency, or all that, you can’t find 11 guys to line up and tackle somebody. That DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee were that important, or that the people they bring in don’t know how to play football, and it looked, at times, like the Cowboys did not know how to play football. Now Rod Marinelli helps them as a coordinator, but you know what?I’ve seen great coaches. You have a bunch of guys like me playing defense, you’re gonna get fired.

“Give me a great player with an average coach and I’ll find a way to win. You give me average coach with great players, and I’ll be coach of the year. Give me a great coach with great players and we’ve got a Super Bowl chance.

“I think they’re pathetic on defense. And I’m not talking about just the individual, I’m talking about the whole sum, I mean the whole thing. So you’d far rather be a Redskins fan. Heck, you’d rather be a Jacksonville fan right now, defensively. So if they don’t score 30 a night, they’ve got no shot. And if Tony is missing … While I like Brandon Weeden, Brandon Weeden’s a full-blown backup in this league and gives you not the accuracy, not the competitiveness that Tony brings to the table … I think that team will be picking in the first five picks of next year’s draft, at the worst.”

If you care to revel further, listen to the audio below.

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