It is that time of year. I know what first comes to mind: turkey, Christmas, holidays, family, and all of the other things that define this season. While I can’t argue these, I am talking about it being the time of the football season to get on a streak. With the bye week the Dallas Cowboys have lost control of first place. But as we have seen in the past, getting hot at the right time can change woes into whoahs. With all of the talk this week about the flaws on this team, I sat down to watch some of the “good” teams, just to see the differences between the Cowboys and the teams favored to do well in the post season.
As I watched the Chiefs and Broncos tonight I noticed some things that just stuck with me. I watched safety Eric Berry play coverage so well, it made me try to think of when the last time I saw a Cowboy play like that. I honestly can’t remember. That says something about the personnel and scheme. The Chiefs aren’t afraid to play man coverage and let their D-line get pressure on the QB. Which also showed me the flaw in the Dallas Cowboys defensive line. When was the last time we saw our line get consistent pressure? Again, I can’t remember.
Getting DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher back will certainly help. It is deplorable that without one or both of them, this team has no pass rush. It seems that there just isn’t a lot of blitzing from this defense. Here again, when was the last time we saw a successful safety blitz? If you are like me, you don’t remember. Getting healthy will certainly change this defense, but the lack of depth is troubling.
On offense, watching the high powered teams in the league, it seems there is something lacking from the Dallas Cowboys. First, we all know the running game just isn’t scary to anyone. Not getting Lance Dunbar involved more is questionable. While DeMarco Murray has shown flashes when he isn’t injured, Dunbar has shown he has the skills to effectively spell Murray.
The Cowboys offensive play calling is predictable. There is never really a time that I see a wrinkle to free up Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, or Dwayne Harris. It is always playing straight up, nothing to confuse the D, nothing to move players around, nothing to play to the strengths. Denver plays the pick so well, that I am not sure why that hasn’t been utilized considering the players on the Cowboys offense. There has to be some better adjustments by Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, and Bill Callahan.
Tis the season for this team to string together some wins. I hope they watched some of the games I did this weekend. If they did in fact watch the games and players, maybe they learned a few things. While we all wait for the Giants and then the annual Turkey Day Game, we hope that they have made adjustments, gotten players back, and are ready for the stretch run.
Come to think of it, I wonder what the players, Jerry Jones, and the coaching staff asked Santa for. This leads us to the song of the week. Since it is the season, enjoy Louis Armstrong ft. Velma Middleton – Baby It’s Cold Outside (Mulato Beat Remix). This is my favorite holiday song, and I love this version.