The Dallas Cowboys Missed Tackles, Tony Romo’s Status, And More…


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Garrett Bothered Most By Cowboys’ Unexpected Missed Tackles vs. Redskins
Nick Eatman –

IRVING, Texas – Other than losing the game, and seeing his starting quarterback on the turf for several minutes, head coach Jason Garrett was rather annoyed by another aspect from Monday’s game: Poor tackling.

“That’s the biggest thing that jumped out at me from watching the tape is the tackling,” Garrett said on Tuesday. “And unfortunately for us, a few of those plays were possibly tackles for loss. We have him trapped in the backfield and they wiggle free and they make a 10-12 yard run, an 18-yard run, those plays hurt you. And some of our best tacklers, didn’t tackle well.”

Specifically, guys like Barry Church and Rolando McClain both missed their share of open-field tackles. Church called it the worst game of his career and described his own play as “terrible.” Click the title to read the entire article…

5 plays that shaped Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime loss to Washington
Jean-Jacques Taylor –

There were 128 plays in the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. They weren’t all created equal. It’s never that way. Touchdowns and turnovers get most of the attention, but who wins or loses is often determined by plays that get lost in shadows of those that command the most attention. Here’s a look at five plays that shaped the Cowboys’ win:

Play: Tony Romo sacked
Situation: Third-and-11 from Dallas 36
Score: Washington leads, 10-7
Time: 7:59 left in third quarter

Taylor’s Take: When Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson burst untouched through the middle of the offensive line, Romo saw him and turned his back as though he wanted to spin away. Robinson’s knee hit Romo in the back and sent crashing to the ground with a bruised back. He didn’t return until less than two minutes remained in the fourth quarter, but he seemed out of sorts and failed to lead the Cowboys to points in either of their last two possessions. Click the title to read the entire article…

Jason Garrett evasive about Tony Romo’s status for Arizona game
Jon Machota –

IRVING – During a Tuesday morning radio interview, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he anticipated Tony Romo being “ready to go” this week as the team prepares to play Arizona on Sunday.While speaking at his Tuesday afternoon press conference, Garrett didn’t sound as sure, saying Romo had a CT scan but they had not yet received the results.

“We’ll get the tests today, but we anticipate him being ready to go,” Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “When we left the stadium last night, he seemed like he was OK, and we’ll get the tests today to verify everything.”

Later in the day, an evasive Garrett would only say that the Cowboys are still waiting on the results of the scan and trying to “take it a day at a time.” Click the title to read the entire article…

DeMarco Murray moves ahead of Eric Dickerson’s record pace
Michael David Smith – Pro Football Talk

The Cowboys didn’t have a good night on Monday, but DeMarco Murray kept churning out the yardage.Murray became the first player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of the first eight games of the season, totaling 141 on the ground. Murray was already the first player in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in each of the first seven games of the season. Murray is at 1,054 yards at the halfway point of this season, putting him on pace for 2,108 this year. That would just break Eric Dickerson’s all-time record of 2,105 rushing yards in a season, set in 1984. Click the title to read the entire article…

Oh No, Romo: The One Guy Dallas Can’t Afford to Lose
Bill Barnwell –

Only one thing was ever going to shake the NFC East–leading Dallas Cowboys. Although they would surely suffer if they lost the likes of DeMarco Murray or Tyron Smith, there’s just one truly irreplaceable player on their roster. The sole thing the Cowboys had to worry might drag them back down to the depths of the NFC’s also-rans was a serious injury to Tony Romo. On Monday night, for an hour or so, that fear was briefly realized. Losing to Washington is one thing. The idea of losing Romo is another.

That two minutes during which Romo was down on the turf without moving had to be harrowing for everybody involved. I suspect if you were watching the game with Cowboys fans and were able to interrupt their prayers during the commercial break, they would have happily taken a loss on Monday night if it meant also keeping a healthy Romo. They appear to have come away with both. Romo went down for several minutes and disappeared for most of the second half, only to come back with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter to deliver a relatively shaky performance over Dallas’s final two possessions. Click the title to read the entire article…

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