Most people will not claim that preseason defines how the team will perform throughout. However, describing the first half of the Cowboys’ preseason opener could be summed up as “sloppy”. Name players like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Sean Lee, and DeMarcus Ware looked the part, though not to the surprise of many. Barry Church could raise eyebrows at the safety position as the preseason continues while he looks to help bring some solidarity to a unit that has long been considered a weak point for the team.
It was clear that Jason Garrett was not pleased with his first unit when he decided to keep them in for a third drive, one in which they failed to get anything going. The thing that was probably the most concerning about the team’s inability to move the ball was the lack of push from the inside of the line. The guards for the Cowboys were a cause for concern coming into the season, and unfortunately did little to quell any dissenting notions, especially after letting Tony Romo get run down on two consecutive plays. If Dallas is going to have any chance of developing a reliable run game with second year back DeMarco Murray, they will need to get something from the inside of their line. The team also seemed to be trying out David Arkin at the center position in an attempt to establish depth behind a shaky Phil Costa, and should have left many fans clamoring over the idea that the team has reportedly shown interest in former Cowboy’s center Andre Gurode. On a positive note the move to switch Tyron Smith and Doug Free to opposite sides looked to be a smooth transition with the small sample size in the game. Bottom line is that the team looked bad offensively.
Defensively the team played well, getting pressure and forcing a couple turnovers. The battle for the WR3 spot continued with Andre Holmes looking like a player to continue to watch. At 6’5 and 208 lbs, Holmes showed his ability to use his size to separate and go up to get the ball. He is another player to continue to watch as the preseason and regular season progress as he battles with Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley for the number 3 spot.
Though there is nothing condemning about the game, it does leave a lot left to be desired from the team as far as improvements for the next preseason game. Especially, if the team truly feels the window is closing form some of their veterans as Jerry Jones has been quoted as saying.
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Written by David Willow
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