The Consistently Inconsistent Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys lost a heart breaker in Detroit on Sunday and many things went wrong.  Most fans want to talk about Dez Bryant’s temper tantrum on the sidelines in Sunday’s 31-30 loss in Detroit.   So why are the Dallas Cowboys so inconsistent? Well for starters the offense is not clicking so whatever they are doing on offense during the week, they need to stop because it’s broken and it needs to be fixed.  The Cowboys offense has proven in Week Five that we can be explosive and keep up with the best of them.  Since that Week Five shoot out with the Denver Bronco’s the Cowboys offense has been stagnate and pretty much non-existent.  So what is it?

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) escapes from being sacked during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Playcalling is one the biggest Achilles Heel of the Dallas Cowboys.   This has been an on-going issue with the Cowboys for a long time now.  Either they trust quarterback Tony Romo or they don’t.  The past several years with Jason Garrett at the helm of the Dallas Cowboys, the play calling has been way too conservative.  Whether this is due to a lack of talent on the Cowboys offense or it’s the offensive coordinator’s problem, I don’t know.

For lack of better terms this is the first year that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan has called the plays but it doesn’t really seem any different than Jason Garrett calling the plays.  Another issue with the play calling is the run game.  Blame it on the offensive line if you’d like but so far this year those guys have held their own.  Understandably the best running back, DeMarco Murray, cannot be counted on to be in the lineup with his injury history.  Now to be fair to Murray he’s injured a lot because he runs hard and they over use him at times.

Having a secondary back is not a sign of a weakness of a running back but as an aid to give him a rest.  If Dallas went to the two back set it would alleviate that problem in ways.  The problem with the run game is even when it isn’t working as well as the coaches would like, they completely abandon the run.  Even when we are ahead they abandon the run.  There is no happy medium in Dallas it’s either throw the ball too much or run the ball too much.

Abandoning the run brings us to the next problem on offense, clock management.

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  • Simplyseth

    The organization seems to want attention whether it’s positive or negative. Jason Garrett should be fired by 10 am this morning. He has had epic loses each year of his tenure. Twice against Detroit and remember he iced the kicker Arizona game. Win early, you wouldn’t need to win and get in late. Ultimately, the media has to stop pouring gas on the fire by highlighting Dez blow ups, but embrace the kids passion to win. The Cowboys simply are not playing winning football and the media knows it. Blow the whole thing up Jerry. SimplySeth

  • SmartThinking

    Ten Thoughts: 1. Waters’ injuries are very troubling. The Dallas offense improved dramatically the instant he lined up at Rt. Guard. 2. DeMarco Murray was sorely missed yesterday. If he could have played as Jerry Jones states, then he should have been in there. 3. Zone coverage on a player like Calvin Johnson is a recipe for ….. Well, exactly what happened. 4. As much as I want Claiborne and Carr to be spectacular, they weren’t yesterday. Something has happened to Claiborne. If he doesn’t improve to the level of expectation, he needs to be shopped while he has maximum value. 5. This team will never be successful until it acquires or builds world-class Safeties. 6. Bryant is an amazing player in so many ways. Romo must focus on getting the ball to him from the first snap. Worst case is more interference penalties because no one can cover him. What’s wrong with that? 7. Offensive play-calling, currently, is NOT working. Third down running calls are counter productive. Third and 13 running plays are suicidal. 8. There are so many really good things Garrett has brought to this team. But, sadly, his on- the- job-training is killing the cerebral side of the Cowboys’ game management. 9. Sean Lee is everything he was advertised to be. For the second season in a row, it’s a crying shame the Cowboy’s defensive line injuries will be the death of this team again. 10. At 4 and 4 by the middle of the season, this team is far from dead. Dallas could finish as high as 10 and 6 realistically. Even 9 and 7 is an improvement over the norm. Bonus Thought: 11. And, this one seems more evident the more I watch how the inner workings of this team function, Dallas will never be a winner again as long as Jerry Jones is in direct control of this team and everyone, from the coaches down, have to look his way for an approving nod before they make a move on their own. This whole thing could be so much better and it’s a damned shame it isn’t. The fans deserve better.