Cowboys Coaches Get All That Can Be Got Out Of Jerry's Roster

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) jumps on the back of Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. at AT

So what do we know about this Dallas Cowboys team heading into Sunday’s must-win match up in Washington?

We know the Cowboys are a bad road team, posting a 2-5 record and a -40 point differential.

We know the Cowboys can’t pressure the passer, posting just three sacks and four QB hits the past two weeks in allowing 82 points and 923 yards of offense to two career backup quarterbacks.

We know the Cowboys can’t get off the field on third down, having allowed opponents to convert to the tune of 53 percent on the money down since the bye week. For an idea of how awful that is, consider the league’s leading offense in third-down efficiency converts at 48 percent.

We know these Cowboys can’t hold a lead, having allowed a league-high 222 points in the second half of games this year.

And we know that the Cowboys’ problems on offense have nothing to do with playcalling and everything to do with execution.

Huh?

Think about it. With the Cowboys protecting an eroding 5-point lead in the fourth quarter against Green Bay last week, when Romo threw eight times on a 10-play touchdown drive, were you screaming for Dallas to run the ball? No? Why not?

Because they executed.

And it’s a good thing they did. Because just 3:38 later the lead was cut back to 5 points. So what did the Cowboys do? They tried to score again. Why did they try to score? Because they knew their defense can’t stop a runny nose. They knew they had to score to win.

They could either pass or run. Demarco Murray was averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Tony Romo, the best playmaker on the team, at that point was 27 of 45 for 336 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. They were clickin’.

So when the Packers decided to put 10 men in the box, the Cowboys decided to pass. Makes sense to ride a hot quarterback who’s torched defenders all day. But on first down Dez Bryant got behind the defense for a sure touchdown, and Romo missed him. Three plays later, Miles Austin got behind the defense for a sure touchdown, and Romo missed him.

In both cases, the play call put the players on the field in position to succeed, and in both cases the players on the field failed to execute the called play.

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  • Earl Robertson

    Jerry is the problem the players on this team has no playmaking skills

    • SmartThinking

      Jones or not, during the game, the players still have to play. And they stand a better chance, such as it is, of winning against Washington if Romo doesn’t freelance off the game plan again and absent-mindedly throw another game-ending interception.

      Fixing this mess starts at the bottom and works it’s way up. Romo must pay attention to his coaches and not ad lib the game plan!

  • SmartThinking

    I’m so tired of you guys referring back to Aikman and those Super Bowl teams and comparing them to this year’s mess.

    LISTEN! There is no comparison, even when you use this team as an opposite. All you do is disparage those great Cowboys champions by mentioning them in the same or adjacent breath with whatever you want to call what we laughingly refer to as this year’s Dallas Cowboys football team.

    You do make several good points in this story re: this team’s offensive capabilities. But this offense runs (no intentional play on words) through Romo. And with him under center, this team is a steam roller with the gas pedal disconnected.

    Forget how well (well, sort of) the offensive line has been opening holes and limiting penalties. Forget how well the run game “could ” be. Forget the long distance firepower the receivers and tight ends offer. This team makes or breaks depending on Romo’s decision making. And, as we all know, his decision making, well, it sucks!

    Why the, what I offhandedly refer to as coaches, allow this guy to change plays at the line of scrimmage, is beyond me. He has lost our confidence in his decision-making ability. If Dallas has any chance of winning against Washington this Sunday in what will be their Super Bowl, Romo MUST NOT be allowed to change plays!!!

    Even if it means calling a time out or, even, Romo looking over to Garrett and shaking his head NO, Romo must be told to run the play that’s sent in. Why? Because, like it or not, the coaches run this team and, at this stage of the season, with this team in the condition it’s in, with the record it’s sporting, the coaches should script this game and Romo should run it exactly as scripted.

    Then, at season’s end, we’ll know whether it’s the coaches or the players who’re at fault for winning or losing the season. It’s just that simple. Let’s see if Romo can do ‘simple’ without buggering it up for a third week in a row!

    • John

      You actually watched the Green Bay game. The TV experts who shape the national narrative didn’t. They saw highlights and a box score. You know better. Why do you let them influence your thinking?
      Throwing in that situation had risks. So did running. You watched the second half with your own eyes. You know if the Cowboys ran and went 3-and-out, Green Bay was going to get the ball back, score, and win the game. You know the Cowboys D wasn’t going to stop them.
      As such, there wasn’t anything wrong with Romo’s decision making. Throwing was smart, particularly when the play calling set him up with receivers behind the defense for big plays. It was his execution that let the team down. Physically, he just missed the throws to Dez and Miles. If he connects on either of them, the TV genius class is praising his decision making the same way they praised Jimmy’s in 1992.

      • SmartThinking

        You mean, he did nothing wrong except throw that pesky, game-losing interception … again, don’t you?

        • Dave

          You mean he is not perfect? Eli Manning has two rings (a standard most apply to quality of quarterbacks) and i would suggest would be no better in that situation. Stuff happens, sucks when it’s your team though.

        • John

          Think I’m shifting blame from Romo? Quite the opposite. Just pointing out the collapse was physical, not mental. TV expert conventional wisdom states Romo makes bad decisions, so, regardless of what actually happened, that’s the analysis they offered all this week. Just thought I’d point out that, in reality, the play calls created opportunities for big plays that would have iced the game, and Romo missed the throws…

          Problem is, this team needs Romo to be perfect to win. He can’t miss throws. Eli’s Giants never asked much of him, putting two rings on his finger and he didn’t have to score more than 18 points to win either of them. Romo’s got a tougher road to hoe – on his team, if he doesn’t make it happen, it aint gonna get done.

  • Old Frog

    I’m pretty sure if someone actually accused Jerry Jones face to face of being the worst GM in the NFL, he’d probably say something like, “No I’m not. At 8 and 8 we finished better than 12 other teams in 2011, better than 16 teams in 2012, and we’ll be better than 14 teams in 2013. I may not be the best GM, but I’m clearly not the worst.”
    JJ ain’t going anywhere…

  • Unc Forrever

    Look Romo didn’t execute on that pass to Austin. it was BAD! But we should have been running and running out the clock. Loss is on Garrett just like Detroit the last 2 years. I hope we win out but Im ready for a HC that can manage a game and not lose it for the team.

    • John

      I feel your pain, but running wouldn’t have guaranteed a win. It could have worked, sure, but with 10 Packers in the box they could very well have forced a 3-and-out. You have to acknowledge that very real risk. Everyone watching that game knew Green Bay was going to score if they got the ball back.

      The Cowboys were forced to choose between passing to try and go up by 12 (which posed risks) and running to milk the clock (which also posed risks). If they run it into a stacked box and lose because they had to punt (pretty much how they lost in Detroit earlier this year), the TV experts would have flayed Garrett for that decision. There’s only one way to look smart – execute.