Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) and cornerback Darius Slay (30) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

What Did The Cowboy’s Learn This Bye Week?


With two weeks to prepare for today’s upcoming game one would hope that we see a different offense take the field than in recent losses, but are we expecting too much?

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Logically, if we defeated the Giants earlier in the season we should be able to beat them again, especially given the extra week to prepare.

Unfortunately, if the Cowboys continue to play the way we have the last several weeks and the Giants continue to play the way they have the last several weeks, we are in for a long Sunday.

We seem to be two teams headed in different directions at this point in the season. The Giants seem to have hit their stride and are carrying quite a bit of momentum with them, and we…well, we seem to be dragging an anchor while nursing a broken leg.

To make matters worse, we are entering this contest on the road against a team that likely harbors a little more ill will towards us than the rest of the teams on their schedule.

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry spoke during the bye week about using the break to essentially bring the offense back to square one.  I understand how that could sound like a good thing, but is it really?  

I think going back to square one sounds a bit extreme, doesn’t it?  There are things about this offense that work when used correctly.  I think rather then start at square one we reassess in what situations we use the run or pass.

Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater here.  We have very effective offensive weapons, let’s just utilize them more effectively.  Specifically, let’s focus on how to get Dez Bryant a little more isolation.  Let’s revamp, or create altogether new passing schemes that can cause defenses to inadvertently leave Bryant one on one or at least create a step of separation. 

We have Miles Austin back for I assume at least one quarter of football before he is injured again.  Have we spent the week strategically game planning to take advantage of our receiver corps being full strength?    Have we worked on (and possibly watched other teams) successfully running a screen pass? 

With Sean Lee out we are not going to get the turnovers we’ve become somewhat accustom to.  Our offense is going to have to produce more efficiently if we are going to have a chance.  The answer is not throwing out the whole system entirely.  The answer is to refine it.  Learn from what works, and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t.  Quit trying things that are unsuccessful and stop limiting the things that are.  And ultimately…just get Bryant the damn ball.


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