Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) catches a touchdown pass while defended by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Taylor Mays (26) in the second quarter at AT

Cowboy's Offense Struggling With Penalties And Turnovers


There’s good news and bad news here.  The bad news is that the Cowboys have continued to shoot themselves in the foot with offensive mistakes, such as penalties and turnovers.

The good news is, other than that, they are moving the ball pretty effectively.

Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at AT

I realize this is a very glass-is-half-full way of looking at it, but I am encouraged by what I’ve seen out of the offense these first few preseason games. 

Dez Bryant is running tighter routes and getting better separation than we have previously seen. The offensive line is opening bigger holes for Murray than we have ever seen.  Romo appears to have more time in the pocket than in recent years (although a handful of times he almost seemed to not know what to do with it).

The point I’m making is that this offense is really starting to click. We are moving the ball efficiently, and are able to get into scoring position regularly.  The only problem is we have often wasted these opportunities with penalties and turnovers.

My silver lining in this is that I believe penalties and turnovers are much easier to fix than an offense that can’t put a drive together. 

In previous years, we have attempted to overcome a sputtering offense, combined with a lack of discipline concerning penalties, on top of a turnover ratio that was deep in the red.

Having fixed what I consider to be the most concerning and most difficult to correct of these issues, I can’t help but feel optimistic about this season.

Aug 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT

Lets remember it’s still preseason. We still have time to address the penalties and turnovers, not to mention that our much more aggressive defense promises to, at very least, help keep that turnover ratio closer to even.

There are drills and fines that can help players learn discipline and how to better protect the ball, but if you have an offense that can’t complete a pass or even rush their way back to the line of scrimmage…well, that’s a much more daunting and uncertain issue to have to correct.

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  • Raymond Tippett

    im not sure what game you were watching but penalties didn’t hurt this team last night in the red zone bro !! stop watching the raider game

  • Cowboysfan3457

    I’m pretty certain he was talking about the preseason as a whole, not just last night. I gathered that from his saying preseason games (plural).