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Penalties

Once again the Cowboys had 11 penalties in a crucial game.  Before the Minnesota game, the Cowboys had tallied more yards on penalties than running the ball.  More yards than "the Three-Headed Monster".   The Cowboys committed another stupid penalty in the end zone after a touchdown.  Like if their kickoff team led the league in the least amount of yards per return.  A flag is thrown and it is automatic that the Cowboys committed the penalty.  It is expected.  Sorry Cowboy faithful, but I prefer to be surprised than disappointed. 

Special Teams

The Cowboys' special teams is not that special.  Two years ago, Decamillis, a special teams guru was brought in to fix the team's special teams issues and drafted Buehler who drafted because Nick Folk could not kick it deep enough for a touchback.  Last year, Buehler led the league with touchbacks, but he only has one this year.  Is this a change in strategy by the special teams coach to try pin the opponents inside the 20.  Why?  It was easier for Buehler to kick it in the endzone for a touchback.

Playcalling

I've written before that Jason Garett does a poor job of calling plays.  The Cowboys get 2 1st downs by running the ball and he decide to throw 2 times in a row after that and they end up punting it.  Not knowing to go with hot hand is his "Achilles heel" and he does this the majority of the time.  Keep on running the same running play or plays until the other team shows any sign of stopping it.

Paycheck

Seems to like this Cowboys team is like the one that they had before Jimmy Johnson took over.  The one that had players go to Michael Irvin to let him know that they were still getting a paycheck. 

Playoffs

Teams usually have to win the last 4 or 5 games to make the playoffs, but the Cowboys should be in playoff mode going into their 6th game.  A loss and they are basically mathematically out of the playoffs.  This will probably show if the Cowboys have any pride!  If not, then Jerry Jones needs to start looking at the Arkansas quarterback, because he looks like the real deal.

 
October 19, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Good points. I think what they are missing are leaders like Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington. Nolan expects his team to go out and win every game and Ron expects them to play "smart baseball".

I like Wade and think he's a good guy. But I don't think he has the authority to hold the team accountable. And I think Jason feels he has to spread the ball around to keep the players and Jerry happy. You're right, if the run is working, keep smashing it until they can stop you. Same with the passing plays. Just throw in a few change up plays to keep the defense honest.

Until Jerry allows his coaches to COACH, I'm afraid we're in for more of the same!

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