Dallas Cowboys Defeat Bucs: The A-Team Awards

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The John “Hannibal” Smith Award is given to the player or coach who demonstrates a high level of intelligence,  planning and a certain amount of cunning.  And although their methods may be unorthodox, they are effective.

And the winner is….Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. You know Coach Ryan loves it when a plan comes together. And his plan came together beautifully on Sunday against the Bucs. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was definitely off his game, throwing a dismal 10 of 28 for 110 passing yards. Rookie running back Doug Martin found it hard to run against Ryan’s defense. He got just 53 yards on 19 carries. And no Buc receiver had more than two receptions, including Vincent Jackson. (one reception, 29 yards) Ryan’s most strategic move may have been to place corner back Brandon Carr in the safety position. By the end of the game, Tampa’s offensive play-calling was  laughable. You have to credit Ryan’s defensive scheme for that. Give that man a cigar!

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  • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

    I think there should have been an award for Romo. The toughness he showed in the face of adversity to still manage to put up (283 yards 64.8 comp%) after taking 4 sacks, 1 of which a head shot that would have sidelined most QB’s for the remainder of the game, multiple hits, and no running game to speak of. No matter how bad the protection is (worst I have ever seen in Cowboys history this year) he still manages to make plays. You can say what you want about Dez, but Tony has to avoid the constant pressure in his face to get Dez the ball. He is dealing with Receivers quitting on plays, running wrong routes, multiple dropped passes, and an ungodly amount of drive killing penalties, but he puts his head down and continues to plow forward. Give this man a decent OL and he will be the league MVP.