Injures are part of football. In the past few seasons the Cowboys have been hit with the injury bug, and this year is no different, although this year it is compounded by the problems on defense. The one nice thing about the Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving is they almost get two bye weeks. Getting some players back after the break should help.
While the Cowboys have been trying out players to fill some holes and look for upgrades, there are things they need to seriously work on in the bye week. Sure, they can get some defensive line, offensive line, and safety help, they need to look at play calling and scheme. The bye week acts as a halftime in a game. Learn to adjust, or lose. It really is that simple, or should be.
This week the Cowboys need to figure out how to get Dez Bryant more involved. If it wasn’t for Tony Romo making Dez and Beasley switch at the line of scrimmage, I don’t know if Dez would have caught anything the entire game. Dez needs to be more comfortable being moved around the line. Bunches and screens will help disguise the play and hide Dez better as well.
On the defensive side of the ball the Cowboys need to move toward man coverage for the corners. The zone coverage they are in is obviously not working. The strength of the corners is press man, it is odd that Kiffin isn’t playing to their strengths. It will take pressure off of the Safeties and allow better coverage over the middle. At least in theory it would work this way.
The other thing the Cowboys need to figure out is the play calling. This has been stale, predictable, and uninspiring. Adjustments have not been made, and if they have, they have been slow to develop. Jerry Jones has said that Garrett will not be getting play calling duties back, but he can input more and help with adjustments.
This bye week is needed and has to be used properly. This team can not sit idle and expect it all to come together without adjusting. No one wants to see a repeat of the Saints game. It is time for the coaching staff to adjust, but it won’t be easy. So that being said the song for the bye week is: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Ain’t No Easy Way Out.