But former NFL scout and current dallascowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus blames Monday’s night entirely on the players and not the coaching staff:
“Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick allowed the Bears receivers to beat them up all night. When they needed to be physical, they were not, and that was going to be the way you handle them. Playing with B.W. Webb didn’t help and as the game went on, it was obvious he was not up to the task. You can’t blame it on zone or man coverage. It’s just going out and doing your job, which these corners and safeties did not do.”
Then Broaddus turned his attention towards DeMarcus Ware:
“This defense needed Ware tonight and he was not a factor at all. He did manage a sack in the late going, but that was not nearly enough. For him, it was a big fat no show. There were too many times, where he was spending time on the sideline instead of trying to get his teammates off the field. Last season, Ware tried to carry this team on his back and into the playoffs; it just wasn’t good enough. This year, they need him to try and do the same, but he had better hurry up.”
So what’s the easier solution? To find the right players to fit this scheme or fit the scheme to the players we have? Again, there is no time to find these alleged “right” players to fit this 4-3, Cover 2 scheme. How long will that take anyway? A couple years…if we draft well? Free agency isn’t an option in Dallas as they are an estimated $31 million over the cap next season. The buy-in for this Kiffin scheme is too costly and based on old school thinking that has been figured out and broken by NFL offensive coordinators years ago. If Kiffin’s schemes were any good anymore, we wouldn’t have found him toiling in mediocrity at USC.
Bottom line: It’s time to fire Monte Kiffin. And it’s also time to install defensive line coach Rod Marinelli in his place. We have three weeks to right this ship and we need a shake up desperately. And Marinelli is our best option going forward.