Yesterday’s loss was demoralizing. Just when things were starting to look our way, the Cowboys of old showed up. Now, all the chatter begins: Romo can’t close out games. They always abandon the run! Where did that pass rush go? All of these concerns are valid, but fans have got to admit: we did a lot better than most expected.
For what it’s worth, our team looked pretty darn impressive yesterday. Sure, we gave up 48 points – but that’s on the Coaches. Brandon Carr has been the only consistent member of the secondary so far this season (maybe Barry Church, too), so I could understand favoring zone coverage. However, Monte Kiffin has got to recognize that talented receivers and quarterbacks will tear zones up with their eyes closed.
It looks great when all the defenders converge on a receiver, and usually makes for big hits. But those receivers should never get such open field in the first place. I would rather put my faith in Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick who, despite not playing the best coverage, at least have the ability to keep pace with a receiver, thus ensuring earlier hits.
Additionally, zone defenses usually mean weak pass rushes. After not getting to Peyton Manning even once all game, I hope the coaches rethink the value of leaving extra defenders in the backfield.
As for the offense, well, we did abandon the run. I really can’t fault the Coaches on this one, though. We were down 15 points after the first drive of the third quarter, and Romo had looked good all first half. Plus, remember that when the dreaded INT was thrown, it was the very first play of our possession. I believe we would have seen Murray in action on that last drive had we not turned the ball over.
The big critique I do have for the offense, which does pertain to the run game, is that there is no variety! Murray is a good running back; he’s a healthy mix of power and agility. But I speak for a lot of fans when I say: BRING IN DUNBAR! A change of pace now and could pay big dividends.
The need for variety also holds true for our running plays. How about we use those athletic tight ends we picked up, and employ some screens or tosses. We’ve already seen that our receivers can block well. Oh, speaking of which:
How about that Terrence Williams? One hundred and fifty-one yards. Yowza! My girlfriend (also a huge Cowboys fan) were ready to demote that rookie when he stayed in bounds after catching that pass at the end of the second quarter. He sure made up for it, though, showing speed and reliability. He looks like what a lot of people hoped he could be: the eventual compliment to *THROWIN’ UP THE X* Dez Bryant.
In conclusion, I would like to point out that my Dad is a Denver Broncos fan, so yesterday was probably even more treacherous for me than it was for all of you. Just remember to let the haters hate, take some deep breaths, and recognize that there are 11 games still left in the season. Let’s handle business against Washington next week.
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