Last nights painful loss in Chicago taught us a lot about this Dallas Cowboys Team. Here are some observations from the game:
- Miles Austin is a waste of roster space. Austin will most certainly be cut in the offseason (June 1st cuts to be specific), why not just make him inactive and give the young guys some opportunities?
- Rookie center, Travis Frederick, did great in the middle matching with Jay (don’t call me “jay”) Ratiff. Yes, Rat got a sack but that was a broken play and basically an early Christmas present.
- The Dallas run-blocking wasn’t great, as most of the success should be attributed to Chicago’s poor run-stopping, but the run blocking is getting markedly better as the season wears on.
- The Cowboys’ bizarre offensive formation which lined Cole Beasley up in the backfield and subsequently matched him with the opposing DE, was a well made play. That is a match-up Beasley will win every time. This is what those “brilliant” Dallas Offensive Minds should be drawing up every week.
- The opening drive was a big statement from the Dallas Cowboys Offense. Sadly the defense made a louder statement that quickly deflated and destroyed the offensive momentum and most likely – the entire season.
- DeMarcus Ware began the game abusing the opposing LT with speed moves. He quickly slowed down and reduced effort as the game progressed. Ware is dominant when he is 100% but he’s just a guy when he isn’t.
- The Cowboys defense is extraordinarily stupid. They have no idea what they are doing and are begging teams to abuse them. Rob Ryan had a dumb defense in 2012 and now Monte Kiffin has a dumb defense in 2013. The bulk of the blame must fall on the coach, but the fact that these players are so clueless, and seemingly uncoachable, falls on the players themselves.
- Jason Witten has become a fantastic run-blocker. He wasn’t always good. I’m impressed every week by his progress here.
- The Cowboys missed out on two interception opportunities that resulted in the Bears later scoring. Scandrick and carter each had simple interceptions but they failed to make the play.
- Do people still think Tony Romo is the problem in December? He may be the only thing that isn’t a problem right now.
Do you have questions or comments regarding Dallas area sports? Email Reid at [email protected]. You may be included in the next weekly mailbag. Follow Reid on twitter @ReidDHanson