After the ugly mess that was the Monday night game for the Cowboys, they will be spending their BYE week licking their wounds and hopefully addressing some of their biggest problems, particularly their offensive line, and it is downright offensive.
With that being said about the obvious O-line problems on the team, none of the Cowboys played particularly well.
Though it can be argued that Tony Romo’s wide outs, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree specifically, let him down early in the game, it was Romo who fell apart in the game throwing for 5 interceptions in the game. The Charles Tillman pick six that was mostly on the shoulders of Dez, while Romo was calling for a short route when he read blitz and Bryant clearly ran the wrong route. Then one bounced off of Ogletree after the ball hit him square in the chest for an easy pick. After that though, Romo did what drives Cowboys fan mad, he tried to save the ship from sinking while everyone else was jumping overboard. With the Bears getting constant pressure and disruption, Romo tried channeling his inner Favre with a shovel pass to Jason Witten that was subsequently intercepted for another pick six. It’s hard to blame Romo for trying to bring the team back, but sometimes it only seems to fan the flames of criticism. However, had he have been more conservative with his approach the response would have been that he didn’t do enough to try to win the game, but that’s the breaks when you decide to get under center for the Cowboys. Bottom line is a lot of the blame for this game falls on Romo.
While Dez Bryant came away from the night with a respectable stat line of 8 receptions for 105 yards, his mantra with the coaching staff should be wearing thin. In Bryant’s third season, missing a hot read that your QB has pointed out is not acceptable, especially not in your 3rd season in the league. He is missing cues, running bad routes or the wrong routes, and probably worst of all he is dropping catchable passes. The red flags should be up here, while we watch an undrafted player like Miles Austin and a 3rd rounder, considered by many to be a bust, like Laurent Robinson flourish in the system it has to make you wonder what is taking Dez so long to get it together.
On the flip side, some could argue that the system Jason Garrett has installed in Dallas is what isn’t working and there is probably some credence to that idea as well. When the system is one that has been described by other players in the NFL as “simple” it’s time to start questioning the methods being used. Fans have watch the team flip-flop from week to week both offensively and defensively, leaving us with no real grasp of what can be truly expected of the team. The defense was ranked, albeit after only 3 games, at 1st in the NFL only to watch Brandon Carr get manhandled by Brandon Marshall and Morris Claiborne get burned by Devin Hester.
It is only 4 games into the season, and after a just one quarter of the Cowboys games having been played the season is not over at 2-2 by any means, but the team is in desperate need of a permanent C-change in the culture and approach to the games ahead.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.