Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett walks the sideline during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys-Making The Grade

As the character known as the stranger said in the movie The Big Lebowski, “sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes, well, he eats you”.   Well, the Dallas Cowboys ate the bear in New Jersey, but the bear definitely ate them last Sunday.  All is not lost though.

Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) fails to catch a batted pass against Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29), cornerback Marcus Trufant (23) and cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Below you will see grades from my exclusive grading system that shows things in a new perspective.

Quarterback:  Tony Romo made incomplete passes on the run all day and picked up a dropped premature shotgun snap, but he threw a touchdown pass and only one interception!  And he was not distracted by any women in the stands wearing pink Romo jerseys.  No injuries.  Grade A+

Running backs:  DeMarco Murray made the tackle on the Romo interception.  Felix Jones hardly touched the ball on offense, and that’s a good thing, but he did stumble to the ground to end the game, or maybe his career.  You don’t hear Lawrence Vickers’ name called for making a good play, but you don’t hear it on penalties either.  No injuries.  Grade A

Tight ends:  Jason Witten let four balls hit the ground, but not his spleen, and John Philips made a catch.  No injuries.  Grade A

Wide receivers:  Press coverage by the Seattle Seahawks super-sized corners made for a tough day for the Cowboys’ receivers.  Dez Bryant had several drops and a fumble, but he didn’t get sued or charged with any crimes.  Miles Austin made it through the game without tearing a hamstring and had one of his better games.  Kevin Ogletree looked like the number two receiver compared to Dez’s performance.  No injuries.  Grade A+

Offensive line:  The line did not protect Romo well and did not provide running room for DeMarco Murray, but overall penalties were down and they didn’t get penalized for any horse collar tackles.  No injuries.  Grade A-

Defensive line:  The Seahawks pounded them with a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch in the second half, gaining a lot of yards, but hey, there were tired!  A couple of players were injured and Jay Ratliff does not appear to be ready to play.  Grade C

Linebackers: Sean Lee took a big helmet to helmet hit from Golden Tate, but showed restraint by not ripping Tate’s head off afterwards.  And Lee was able to come back into the game.  Bruce Carter dropped a potential interception, but he was in position to get one!  Yes, Dan Connor still sucks.  Anthony Spencer actually sacked the quarterback (yes, he really did).  Did DeMarcus Ware have a bye week, or was it just an off week? No significant injuries.  Grade A

Defensive backs:  I hear Mike Jenkins played, don’t recall seeing him though.  We need to use the powers of invisibility he possesses to our advantage.  Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr didn’t get any interceptions, but none of the Seattle wideouts scored a touchdown either.  Safety Danny McCray went inside, when he should have remained outside, leading to a 16 yard run by Seattle.  Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church both left the game with injuries.  Grade C

Special teams:  Felix Jones fumbled on the opening kickoff, but it only resulted in a field goal.  On ensuing kickoffs he tried to run it out from deep in the end-zone, making it to about the 15 yard line as an average.  But he only fumbled one time!  Dez dropped a punt, but was able to recover it.  Dan Connor missed his block on the punt attempt causing the kick to be blocked and Leon Washington didn’t have any big returns for the Seahawks.  The rest of the Cowboys’ many punts were not blocked!    No injuries.  Grade A-

Coaches:  They were not able to adjust to what Seattle was doing to them, but Garret continues to be a good model for Cowboys’ apparel and Rob Ryan got a haircut.  Grade A

Extreme Cowboys’ writers and fans:  It’s all over after one loss!  Really?  Grade F

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  • Mr. Politits

    The reason why the defensive line got ran over is they go tired as did the whole defense. The reason why was the offense couldn’t sustain enough drives to keep them off the field. Meanwhile Seattle did. How you gave so many A’s to an iept offense that only scored 7 points is beyond me. The inherent flaw in Dallas’s offense is they are not built to drive and grind time off the clock, so when they do score it is fast and the defense is right back out there. Dallas needs a power running game like they had with Emmit Smith and set the passing game up with the run. Instead Dallas runs a bunch of draws tryig to use the pass to set up the run. That is why they can never get that 1 yard with their runing game. Jason Garret needs to hire someone to do the play calling. He was never that great at it and with head coaching duties, playcalling is too much. I think hat is why Dallas has such bad clock management.

  • californy

    I dont agree with your grading system at all, but it alright we beg to differ. I would of never give the OL a A grade just because of the lack of penalties alone. The OL for me has never been above a C at any point of this season. A C for me is an average grade, this OL is far from being average. A average OL you dont talk about, but a Ol that is not average has issues.
    The WR being given an A, is far to genious for. I believe our WR are lazy, and dont beat the press coverage off the OL. Dez was no existant and so was Ogletree. Last year our 3rd Wr had a big game inagainst Seattle, and I assume he had the same coverages in the defense. I know this because I have access to both of these games.
    The grade F is the only one I feel the strongest about, and that was on lack of effort by the boys.

  • Dallasfan7363

    How the two of you failed to realize this article was supposed to be funny is beyond me.