Now that I have finally "snapped out of it" after watching the Dallas Cowboys lose in the way they did yesterday...I can now post my opinions with less anger. If I had posted yesterday I would have said alot of things I would probably later regret (probably not). So here goes:
5. Offensive Line: Romo was sacked a season high 5 times! The running game became a non-factor because the OL couldn't create any lanes to run through. Although I believe Jason Garrett went away from the run too soon.....the OL is my #5 reason the Boys lost that game.
4. The Secondary (need a name..Terrance Newman): Our secondary has a major problem with covering AND tackling. I have not been a fan of Newman in years and he continues to prove me right. He is not the elite back that Cowtown makes him out to be. It's not just him, Jenkins, Ball, Scandrick....SMH.
3. Penalties (need a name...Orlando Scandrick): no, that is not a typo. Scandrick is mentioned AGAIN. The block in the back penalties (justified or not) were a major blow to the Cowboys momentum after Dez Bryant had a huge return. The false starts are starting to get a little old. Why doesn't Jerry fine these players or something for their false starts? They aren't disciplined. Flozell Adams was the KING of the false start in Dallas....goes to play for the Steelers and those false starts...adios!
2. Arizona defense: Did the Cowboys lose the game or did Arizona win? I will say that the Cowboys lost the game but will give credit to the Cardinals D. They exploited the Cowboys limitations on offense and came out on top.
1. *drum roll please* Time/game management: If there is one example that demonstrates the fallacy of field goal range, Sunday's game has to be it. With the score tied at 13 and under a minute to play, Romo converted a 3rd and 11 to Dez Bryant to move the ball to the Arizona 31.
There it is. Game over. Field goal range, right? Who needs more time when you're inside the 35? At the end of the play there were 26 seconds on the game clock, and Dallas had 2 timeouts. What did they do??? They milked 18 seconds off the clock, then spiked the ball to stop the clock with 8 seconds to go. SPIKED THE BALL!!! You have TWO timeouts....what are you rushing to the line to spike the ball for with 26 seconds to play..risking a false start!? With 26 seconds left, Dallas could have used one of their 2 timeouts immediately. They could have run two plays, even including one run, and still saved a timeout for a final field goal. With the ball at the 31, a field goal attempt is a 49-yarder, which , on average is about a 65% chance. Moving the ball just 6 yards increases the chances to 75% (some needless knowledge but needed to make my point!)
Then comes the straw to break the cowboys back...head coach Jason Garrett called a timeout as if he was icing his own kicker. I literally screamed at the televisions! After the game, Garrett tried to explain out-thinking himself. "We felt like we were in field-goal range. We have yard lines that we use as guidelines before the game. We felt like we were in range at that point. Tony [Romo] had them on the line of scrimmage quickly, so we went ahead and clocked it and used that as a timeout." You had TWO timeouts you don't need to use anything as a timeout because you actually had TWO!
I won't even mentioned the fact he decided against going for it on 4th and 1 in the 1st quarter..on Arizonas 36....but instead called a timeout to discuss and instead kicked a 53 yard FG which Bailey missed. I don't know about you but I like my chances to get 1 yard than to make a 53 yard FG but you NEVER know with the Cowboys.