- With an hour long delay due to lightning, plus the halftime break, I was very surprised to see a lack of adjustments made. This goes for both the coaching staff and the players.
For the coaching staff, you have to recognize what Denver was trying to do and come up with some counter options. For the players, specifically defensively, it was shocking to see so many Cowboys lose their footing.
How do you not come back out after the delay with longer spikes in your cleats? With the rain falling before and during the impromptu break, you have to know the field will be wet. This should not have come as any shock.
- Speaking of the defense, Sunday’s game put some horrific tackling on display. When Sean Lee and Byron Jones, two of your best defenders in space, consistently take poor angles and whiff on tackles, there is a problem.
This was, by far, the worst game I’ve ever seen Lee play. By my count, there were at least three times he was either in the wrong position to make a play or just did not finish and end the play. That might not sound like a lot, until you realize we’re talking about an All-Pro caliber type of player.
For all the raving about Jones being ready to ascend to the next level, I could not see any of that Sunday. For a safety to perform the way he did in run support was troublesome. Two plays immediately come to mind.
On one play, he seemed to be heading towards impact to make a stop, then inexplicably decided to engage with a blocker instead. On another, he could have easily made a tackle to get the Cowboys off the field.
Instead, at the last moment, instead of staying in the proper angle to tackle, he cut up field and had a complete miss resulting in a first down for Denver. This was not his best night.