Dallas Cowboys 2012: Is Miles Austin On The Hot Seat?

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Taking a break from my ongoing series on the draft, I am going to take a look at a player already on the roster. Every offseason different media outlets compile their lists for every conceivable football related category. Rant Sports recently did one titled:  10 Players Facing the Most Pressure to Succeed For 2012 NFL Season.  I am going to give my 2 cents on their findings.

September 18, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) rushes up field for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Dallas defeated San Francisco 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

As we all know, in most cases, whenever it is a negative story, at least one member of the Cowboys makes the list, despite the fact that in most of the positive stories, the Cowboys take a back seat. This time it was Miles Austin coming in at #7. Mark SanchezNew York Jets   was #1, Kevin Kolb-ArizonaCardinals  at #2,Carson PalmerOakland Raiders  at #5, Blaine Gabbert-Jacksonville Jaguars  at #8 and Alex Smith- San Francisco 49ers  at #10. As expected, there were more QB’s than any other position on the list. (Amazing they didn’t find a spot for Romo).  Below you can see what Dan Parzych of Rant Sports had to say.

 

“7. Miles Austin–Dallas Cowboys: Despite appearing in 10 games, 2011 was a year to forget for Miles Austin as the Dallas Cowboys wideout was bothered by a nagging hamstring injury for most of the season. For a player in his situation, 43 catches for 579 yards and seven touchdowns is decent Miles, but the Cowboys need more production out of him if they have any shot at returning to the playoffs in 2012.

When healthy, Austin’s blazing speed makes him one of the most difficult wideouts to contain in the NFL as he proved from 2009-10 when he caught 150 passes for 2,361 yards and 18 touchdowns. There were plenty of questions surrounding whether or not Dallas jumped the gun by rewarding Austin with a hefty six-year, $54 million extension after just one breakout season in 2009 and the last thing Jerry Jones needs is to be overpaying a wide receiver that ended up being a two-year wonder.” (courtesy of Rant Sports).

 

In most cases, when someone in the media starts unfairly maligning one of my favorite players, I tend to get a little heated. Especially when I see a list and a clearly much better Cowboys player comes in behind an average at best player from another team, or is on a negative list.  However, this time I agree. Let me explain why. The top 5 WRs in the NFL for the 2011 season were:

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    Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) rushes with the football during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

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Miles Austin came in at 78th with a measly 579 yards. Not only is this unacceptable because he is earning $9 million a year, but he is supposed to be the Cowboys #1 WR.  People will say, well he was injured. That’s true, but, he did play in 10 games, right? So the question becomes: Is 57.9 yards a game acceptable for a #1 WR in the NFL?  (I had enough faith in Miles Austin to take him as my 1st WR in fantasy football last year). OUCH!. The answer has to be nothing other than no. Let me explain why.

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Topics: Blaine Gabbert, Calvin Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Justin Blackmon, Larry Fitzgerald, Laurent Robinson, Mike Thomas, Miles Austin, Steve Smith, Victor Cruz, Wes Welker

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  • Californy

    First of all nice Article Cowgirl, I feel the same about Miles Austin.  I actually consider even trading him this offseason and keeping Laurent Robinson.  I think the Boys are going to have issue in the WR department.  This team can not affoprd to pay 18 million for two player in the same department and position.  So even after this year I would consider moving one of our WR, I just hope one of our youngster can develope into a good 3rd WR.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @Californy I am hoping that guy is Harris or Beasley

      • Californy

         @CowgirlCas22 They said Harris is having a good camp. We all heard of Beasley already.  The boys are in love with Tall WR, but no where in their history have they had any tall WR beyond 6-2 do good for them.  Harris & Beasley and I asume Coale are going to make this team really good at the WR position. Jimmy Robinson has a way of developing good WR.  I had so much faith in him, that I didnt want this team to draft any WR in this draft at all.  I wanted CB and CB in this draft, and OL, center and Guards.

  • Californy

    I was looking at some stats a couple of weeks ago and I saw the top receiver in the NFL and many of the top 10 players were not even the hightest paid player at their position. In fact I can think of one that stand out, that was grossly underpaid.  If you look at his team mates they all fall into the same catagory.  The Green bay Packers had a couple WR that had a lot of yardage but never really had the contract that reflected their real pay.  IF JJ would only hire a real GM madbe he could save this team plenty of money by not over paying these people in the skill position.  It seem when JJ tends to over pay these players and then  they dont live up to their contract anymore.  This has been going on for a while also. Roy William couldnt live up to his contract so we cut him and were hit with the dead money. Doug Free was no where the player he was in his contact year, in fact I though he was our worst OL last year.  The real key is to develope these player every couple of years and not have to pay them the huge money that JJ think is a good thing.  It treally hasnt been a good thing since JJ has had to work under a hard cap.  This team worst record in it franchise has happen when JJ cant live withing his budget.

  • Californy

    This offense has no more than 5000 as it maximm potential, with this in mind this is how I seen the 2012 breaking down . 1200 for Dez ,800 for Miles, 800 for Witten , that 2800 passing and another 2200 in the running department. I just dont see the money there for another 9 million dollar contact or room to develop anyone. The number are just not there for it to happen. If we get the 5000 yards this team is going deep into the playoff.

  • Californy

    I just wanted to report these fact, The Green Bay Packers had 38 touchdowns from their wide receivers last season, most in the NFL.  You need to keep this in mind that is Jimmy Robinson system.  In this system you only have one number 1 receiver and the rest are mere role players.  In fact you have anout 2-4 other WR of equal talent.  The 4th WR may be frustrated because all these players want a bigger contract.  JJ is one who believe you can have 2 number 1 receiver, but in reality you can not.  A number 1 receiver must have a minimum of 1200 yards.  IF you have two WR who are number 1, both WR must be over 2400 and the rest of the WR & TE combine must have another 600 yard combine.  These number just dont fit in  this ideal system.  You dont want to be beyound 60 Pass and 40 percent ratio.  The Running will keep the defense honest, if it all pass the QB will be in constant danger of being sack and injured. 
    The ideal system would to have 4 WR with over 600 yards. If one of the WR should be hurt the other 3 can pick up the slack.  This wont work good in a system than only has 2 WR.
     

  • Californy

    I believe what NE and NO have in their Offensive plan ,what the NFL is going go to.  The double TE system. NE had gret sucess in this sytem.  The Cowboys drafted Hanna for this reason after failing to develope Marty Bennett.  The only problem was the boys got another TE with Marty Bennett hands in a player in  Hanna.  The boy actually release the more complete player In George Bryan  just yesterday.  He was a complete package and I had no doubt and still dont that he will eventually become a better player in the NFL.  It just wont be with the Cowboys that is all.

  • Californy

    The short pass is what going to keep the chain moving this year, player like Beasley, Harris  and Coale are good in this type of system.  It a passing game that is set up for Slot receiver. Dont be surprise if player like Dez, Miles, Beasley & Hanna all spend time in this pass formation.  The system will be ideal for little short passes that must take advantage of the single coverage these slot player are under most of the time.

  • Californy

    IN Jimmy Robinson System,  I expect huge number by both Felix and Murray in the passing game, also to expose the LB coverage on the running back.  We have no choice but to use these type of passing play as I expect the Running game will struggle this year despite Murray success with a lead FB.

  • Californy

    The underneath routes will be there as long as the threat of going deep is still there and the ability to run the ball is still there.

  • Californy

    The key to a sucessful Cowboy offense is to get the ball out of Tony Romo hands as soon as possible, by either running, Pitches, Bubble screens, and sweeps.  NO and GB did these years ago as their young OL was develping.

  • Californy

    There talk about a Jenkins for Percy Harvin Trade.  This team already has too many WR , we need CB.  I dont see this happening at all.  i also believe percy has had some Concussion issue and not worth the risk of signing him.  i am already happy with the players we have at WR and the ability Of Jimmy Robinson to develop them.

  • jbbravo

    Miles can be a good 2nd receiver. To me he always has problems with that hamstring injury. I might be wrong but that kind of injury seems like it’s from not getting ready right. Was he eating right or was he stretching well enough. I hope the new Strength coach is helping him get in shape this year and prevent that injury from happening. You mentioned Austin being a one hit wonder but I think Robinson could very well be that guy also. Austin is on the hot seat though to be in a battle with Dez. We have heard news that Dez is getting better learning his routes. Romo is at his best when the guys get on the same page as him as Robinson did last season. If Dez can do this he is set for a big season. I really think the Cowboys are finally set to have a good season. The attitude these players have had since Garrett took over is much better. The media struggles to find news to talk about. The only one that helps with that is Jerry but even he has shut up some.

    • Californy

       @jbbravo I think Miles is on a hot seat.  There are many WR getting 500 yards who are being paid less than a million per year. Miles made somewhere over 8 million last year. Miles salary didnt justify his contract. I realise moving Miles is not a easy thing because of his dollar amount to his contract. But we need Miles to start living up to his contract this year, or he may need to be moved sometime in the near future.

      • Dallas3026

         @Californy No player that misses more than a 1/3 of the season to injury and soldiers through other games slowed by injury ever lives up to their contract. So what? 

        • Californy

           @Dallas3026 So you are ok with paying a player full time money for playing 66 percent of the time. Then you look at Dez, who also know to miss many snaps in the season. Should he become this team number 1 receiver he would want Miles money or more for another part time player.  Those number dont add up to me.  This is JJ poor GM skills at work again.  If you want to get your money worth then look at one of the player Jimmy Robinson developed in GB. Jordy Nelson with his 68 catches had 1263 yards and 15 TD, that comes out to over 18 yards per catch.  This year he would make 4.95 million in his contract, now factor in what Miles did last year or the year prior. Yup I like some bang for the buck It apparently to you these things just dont matter.

    • Californy

       @jbbravo JJ needs to learn his spot as this team GM, and that spot doesnt include anywhere on the sidelines during game time.  It hard to imaginge any other GM having their own weekley show.  I guess JJ is just who he is. He is the GM that is currently keeping the boy away from their next superbowl.

  • osnappp007

    Cali has an awful lot of opinions especially in this dead offseason.  Can’t wait to see what happens when the games begin.  I’m a big Austin fan, but he has always been injury prone.  I would still pick him as my 2nd wr because of his breakout potential.

  • Californy

    I always try to be ahead of the game, What I am saying reflect that mind set.  I just cant see how the boys could fford to pay any two WR 9 million dollar each. Miles Austin made that amount last year (8.54) million top be exact, I would consider moving one of our WR next year. I wouild like to get into the top 10 spot in next year draft, by trading one of our WR.  In a Jimmy Robinson system, he usually has 3-4 WR of equal talent splitting the rest of the passing yards between them.  If this ia a true Robinson type of season, you would get a WR with 1100 yards, the next with 800, the next with 500, and the next 2 with 300 each.  Somewhere there you also have to deduct 800 for Jason Witten.  So that mean we are paying our secound best WR 9 miillion dollars for 500-600 yards.  Those number will not work that is why we must move the player and his contract.

    • Dallas3026

       @Californy I am pretty sure they are running Jason Garrett’s offense, not Jimmy Robinson’s.  Having two receivers that are both capable of being #1 is surely what ever team desires, assuming you can afford it.  I think that having Austin and Bryant is what makes Garrett comfortable using young guys, who also happen to be relatively inexpensive, to staff the rest of the WR corps.

  • Dallas3026

    It is a bit unfair to call Austin “injury prone.”  Yes, he had ongoing hamstring issues last season, but he doesn’t have a history of injuries prior to that.  He played in all 16 games in 2010 and the last 9 games of 2009.  
    If you follow the few interviews that Austin has done this offseason, he believes that he has overcome the problems with the hamstring.
    Dez Bryant is going to be much better this year, and that is going to make it much harder for defenses to shift their coverages to Austin.  Austin should have his best year yet.

  • Californy

    Did you know some of the most effiecient wr are not one of the better paid wr in the league. Jordy Nelson this year will make about 4.95 million dolars despite scoring a TD every 6.4 passes, and Laurent Robinson scored on every 7.2 passes thrown in his direction, earning a veteran minimum.

  • boysteamusa

    Cas, my honest thoughts on Miles is that he has never been a number 1 or 2 receiver.  In my mind he is at best a very good number 3 receiver.  That said, Tony believes in him alot.  Miles and Tony started to gel on those quick comeback passes, but the bursts seldom last long.  Dallas has always had high optimism for Miles, more than I ever saw in the guy.  He’s simply too inconsistent to be a quality number 1 or 2 receiver not to mention the injuries.  I agree with everything you said on Robinson, he was coming into his own and it would have been far better to pay him instead of those two guards.  Sometimes Miles comes out with tremendous fight, sometimes he does not.  Typical of Dallas in the previous few years, they saw one flash just as with Free, Austin, Spencer, and others and they chose to overlook the negatives of the same players stirring them right in the face.   Miles is another one I see enjoying the moment of being a Cowboy star rather than being totally focused like Ware and Witten is on winning right now. The Dallas defense should make our Offense better this year, yet Miles has never proven to be a sure fire hit with me. Just my thoughts.  He has a great smile and seems to relate well with Tony though.  Hope he proves me wrong.

  • boysteamusa

    What were the negatives on Robinson?  I cannot think of any, at least not while in Dallas?  We certainly made a mistake letting him slip away, I dont think he’ll do as well elsewhere, we will see, but he was perfect for what Dallas and Romo were doing.

  • boysteamusa

    In fact Cas, it would be hindsight of course, but you might wanna consider doing an article that points out the specific moves that most hurt Dallas chances at being that emerging team JJ and the others thought they were gonna be.  It is clear moves like letting go T.O. and many other moves actually hurt their chances instead of making it better.  Of course moves like Jerome Henderson for the aging and obviously dimsighted Dave Campo, whose name I really dont wanna mention anymore, would be insightful and perhaps some of the writers on DC.com could really benefit from considering these factors.  Dallas is poised to succeed this year, but probably are facing better competition this upcoming year than those seasons they failed to seize.  What are you thoughts on this?  I do remember you addressing some of these points time and time again, but I dont remember a complete look at where they failed to seize their opportunities due to a number of poor choices all listed in one article.

    • CowgirlCas22

       @boysteamusa that’s a good idea. I will see what I can put together for Wednesdays article

  • boysteamusa

    One last thing.  To me that hot seat should include Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, Spears, Hatcher, Coleman, Free, Arkin, Austin, and Spencer.  Of course I cant say JJ and JG has done nothing to make things better this year, but they should still feel it from the fans if this team doesnt produce because they have had so much time to get it right.   Poole and Church simply shouldnt be on the field imo.

  • boysteamusa

    Yes, Miles Austin is and should remain on the hot seat. I never saw him to be an elite receiver. I admit him and Tony seemed to get something going, but it doesnt seem to be as effective as I had hoped. Im kinda seeing Miles to be exactly what I expected him to be. Think Dallas dropped the ball here, hopes he prove me wrong. Nice guy though, just dont see him taking any leadership any time soon.

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