Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver MIles Austin (19) catches a pass against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

These Dallas Cowboys Are Driving Me To Drink!


Let me start with a personal note.  I have always been one to enjoy a few beers as I watch my favorite team play, but I haven’t been doing that this year, because I wanted to watch the game as absolutely clear headed as possible, in order to write about it the next day.

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) is checked on by the training staff in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

However, after two early interceptions, I decided it was time to go back to what’s worked in the past.  So I grabbed my frosty Dallas Cowboys gel mug and poured freely.

Now, on to yesterday’s game.  I have often heard football called a game of inches and it was never more apparent than yesterday, when Dez Bryant’s dramatic game winning touchdown was called back because his hand touched a few inches out of bounds before he landed in the end zone. 

If only he could have landed on his rear without reaching out with his hand to brace himself.  Oh well, it is what it is and some great performances were lost in a game that only counts as another loss.

The fact that they came this close to winning, after six turnovers, is a testament to the talent on this team, but it is also a testament to their lack of discipline.  If this is not the most undisciplined team in the NFL, they are close to it. 

We continue to see stupid mistakes, like the ones Dez made when he did not run the route correctly and caused an interception, as well as his fumble on the punt return.  It also appeared to me that Dez could have added more yards to his fifty five yard catch, if he continued on down the sideline, instead of running towards coverage in the middle of the field. 

Kevin Ogletree continues to show he is nothing special, despite his one good game in the opener against the Giants.  And Felix Jones continues to struggle with hanging onto the ball.  The defense, once again, played well enough to win, but the offense made it nearly impossible.

So, where do they go from here?  It’s not like my suggestions will carry any weight with the team, but I will offer them anyway.  The Cowboys got a head start on what I am suggesting by using Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris on punt returns after Bryant’s fumble.  But they didn’t go far enough. 

If the problem with Dez is that he tries too hard to make things happen, then he shouldn’t have been out there for that last punt return of the game.  The bottom line is that the coaches can work with the players to try to ensure proper focus on the job at hand and protecting the ball, but ultimately it is up to the player to perform. 

If they have players that continue to not get it, then they need to sit them down until they do.  Based on that philosophy, the following actions should take place.  Dez needs to be the third receiver with limited routes to run and Ogletree needs to keep the bench warm. 

The starting receivers should be Miles Austin and Dwayne Harris.  Let’s see what Harris can do with extensive playing time.  They should also find a way to get Beasley into the mix as a slot receiver.  Felix needs to sit and, if DeMarco Murray still can’t go, Phillip Tanner needs to start, with a healthy dose of Lance Dunbar added in.

The window on this season is closing quickly and I fear that more of the same will cause it to be completely shut very soon.  So why not shake things up and see if it helps?

 

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  • G Man

    The Dallas Cowboys are America’s most over-rated and over-hyped team. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.stancil.1 Andy Stancil

    Let Ryan finish out the season as the Head Coach/defensive coordinator and see how that works. I’m tired of Garrett costing this team games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.duvall.56 Todd Duvall

    Garrett’s conservative, school book play calling is costing the Cowboys their season. The parts of the Cowboys, Romo, Bryant, Austin are good. Whitten is downright amazing. The fact that the Cowboys were even in this game says a tremendous amount about them. But where were those passes and plays that occurred in the last two drives the rest of the game? Romo has what it takes, Austin has proven he can grab some great catches, Whitten….. Hall of Famer. BUT Garrett is playing to NOT LOSE instead of playing to win!

    The Giants…. Should have blown this game away in the first Half. The ‘Boys defense was pretty good and kept that from happening.

    The Boys need a new head coach… I agree with Andy Stancil, Move Ryan up to Head Coach, I think he is ready.

    The Tobes Co-Host from The Landry Hat Podcast

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.d.inman Judy Daugherty Inman

    I totally agree with you Andy…let Ryan finish out the season as head coach/defensive coordinator…….I’m fed slam up with Garret costing us the games! He’s totally not Head Coach material and needs to be fired!!!!

  • BigKen on BigD

    The writer of this article is right on point. Sit Felix and Dez and see what the other guys can do. You might want to sit Jason Garrett as well. He is pathetic at best.

  • Alton

    Don’t leave out the sad 19 yards rushing. On the one yard line twice and cannot push it in. Romo running for it on fourth down dosen’t count as a rushing td in my book. Jerry needs to sell the team, at the end of the day Jerry makes all the decisions it is his team. Until you look up in the stands and see it half empty nothing will change.

  • Frank

    The Dallas Cowboys problem is is not the Head coach, it is Romo. Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and now Jason Garrett has not been able to win with him. He can not ply under pressure.

  • kurumba

    Stating that the Dallas defense was “pretty good” is a gross understatement. That G-Men game highlighted two important points. Firstly, Robert Ryan’s defense is bordering on being one of the game’s best. Stopping Maria Manning and all his precision missiles such as The Dancing Man & Hicks et al is no mean feat. Not many other teams have succeeded in doing it especially after conceding 6 TURNOVERS!!! Maria has probably the league’s best ariel attack. At Wests this week again presents a great challenge but I would emphasize STOPPING THE RUN FIRST then OLD Barrie Gonzalez second. Wests are quite predictable and it goes TURNER RUN – BARRY WHITE – GONZALEZ – JONES in that order I believe. The second lesson from the shocking loss to Maria Manning is this: Maria Manning will struggle mightily against a guy like A. Rodgers in the play offs if Rodgers has all his weapons on the field. Maria’s secondary was absolutely torched by wait for it…. the laugh a minute Romo!!! That no hoper TORCHED THEM!!! Yes G-Men fans Romo should have beaten you again after spotting your weak team a 23 point start!!! Worse still for the G-Men Dallas had no Phil Costa no Sean Lee and no DeBarry Murray. That is THREE KEY starters were absent. That is a very very troubling sign for the G-Men. To me G-Men will one and done in the playoffs as the only thing they really have is Peters Ice Cream up front Maria Manning and The Dancing/Salsa Man. The G-Men will lay an egg come playoff time and teams will use their inept two performances against Dallas to overthrow them. Watch!!! Starting this week against against Pittsb. Rothlisberger can TORCH THE G-Men secondary with all those young receivers and Miller the big TE.