NFL  > Dallas Cowboys  > So why was this game different....? Or was it?
December 30, 2013, 10:57 AM
So last night I put on the Cowboys Shirt, tried to have some optimism. Rubbed any and all magic Dallas talismans available in reach and settled in. As the 60 minutes clicked by and Dallas was in "shouting distance" I thought maybe they will pull this off......but alas the script remains unchanged.

After the bitter disappointment I took a look at the numbers. 46 pass attempts!!! 17 rushes for Murray (5 times he got the ball on a pass; you decide if this meets the intent of more rushing attempts). Third down efficiency was a paltry 3/11 or 27%. Quite often I felt the play calling based on down/distance was a mess--maybe that is why the 3rd down conversions were hard to come by.

The defense seemed to show up and reduced their league WORST yards/game by about 60 yards. The defensive pressure was there for a change with 5 sacks and many pressures. The team was in a position to win.

So what pi/ssed me off the most? The fact that the post-game coaches conference was the usual bag of cr@p cliches. Garrett said how he was "proud to be a PART of this group" and told the players how they did a great job, strong performance, etc etc....the type of crap you say to a group of 6 yr olds on a soccer team. It appears to me the team showed up to play last night.....where was this defense in the GB game? The Lions game? Why can't Carrot motivate these guys EVERY week? Garrett is not a PART of this group, he IS the leader of this group and until he realizes he is NOT their friend and takes control and gets them going EVERY week then he will always be a losing coach.
December 30, 2013  11:27 AM ET

If you read JJ's quote about not being embarrassed after the game you will forever think differently about the team so long as JJ owns it. I posted the quote on a thread I started if you didn't see it.

December 30, 2013  11:38 AM ET

Closely contested game. The Dallas defense showed up and played with a lot of pride. Any time the Eagles stretched out to a two possession lead, the Cowboys offense responded and closed the gap almost immediately. Overall, Dallas played a clean game. I believe they were only penalized once - the delay of game that was actually the playclock operator's fault.

The turnovers are ultimately what swung this game in Philly's direction.

But I am still somewhat surprised by the play selection by Dallas. Kyle Orton is a solid backup quarterback, but he's still only the backup. Dallas called 47 passing plays (Orton had 46 attempts & 1 scramble) and only 17 handoffs to DeMarco Murray. Murray was running hard; they should have involved him more and taken some of that pressure off Orton.

December 30, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But I am still somewhat surprised by the play selection by Dallas. Kyle Orton is a solid backup quarterback, but he's still only the backup. Dallas called 47 passing plays (Orton had 46 attempts & 1 scramble) and only 17 handoffs to DeMarco Murray. Murray was running hard; they should have involved him more and taken some of that pressure off Orton.

Under Garrett that is no surprise. Pass happy P.O.S.!!!

December 30, 2013  02:28 PM ET

garrett is supposed to be the leader, take control and gets things going. however, he is none of these things. and he is likely more a friend to these players than a leader of the team. this group could be so much better with a true HC. but JJ is JJ, and will probably not change much.

garrett could have value on any team. just not in the HC role. it is NOT his personality to lead a team, hold players accountable or enforce strict policies or rules for players. certainly, he is liked by the players. he is soft and is does not have the ability to get top performance from his players.

and the comments JJ made about his stadium and not being embarrassed.... JJ thinks he's a winner because of the facility he constructed and the rings Jimmy won for him decades ago. it is really sad to see how far this club had fallen since Jimmy bailed.

December 30, 2013  02:53 PM ET

Gotta give the defense credit for keeping our heroes in this game. I sure didn't see that coming.

Personally - that was (for me) the last gasp from this current group of players. It's time to start getting control of the salary structure of this team. That means making serious cuts and getting started on the next phase of the team. Whatever that is.

As far as the running game, I only had one serious issue last night. Not running the ball on 4th and 1 was the nail in the coffin. It resulted in a gap that they couldn't recover from.

December 30, 2013  05:33 PM ET

Man where do I start. The redtard is clearly clueless as a coach, needs to go. Why he doesn't run the rock is beyond me. Orton played well in fact as good as Romo does in those exact same situations. So one kinda needs to ask was the extension and all that money worth it? While Dez was on his best behavior is he really the type of player they need around to right this ship? I say no, Dallas hasn't gotten any better with him on roster. See if there are any takers stack picks and pick character guys going forward. Witten is a man-i-mal no matter who the QB is. Ware seems to have hit the wall. Jones need to hire a football guy and listen to him.

December 30, 2013  06:27 PM ET

Since the beginning of 1997 your boys are 136 wins and 136 losses.

That is the greatest reign of mediocrity in the history of sport.

So to answer your questions 45-year fan, yeah sort of the same old stuff alright.

December 30, 2013  09:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Since the beginning of 1997 your boys are 136 wins and 136 losses.

That is the greatest reign of mediocrity in the history of sport.

So to answer your questions 45-year fan, yeah sort of the same old stuff alright.

Yup... This is one case where the numbers do not lie.

Good luck to your heroes, Hammered... I'm rooting for them.

 
December 31, 2013  10:45 AM ET

Good morning, everyone............I thought I would return and see how many disappointed Cowboys fans were still here.

The main problem with our Cowboys is.....and I've been saying this for years............is Jerry Jones, the GM. Plain and simple. UNTIL he retires, goes away, or gets a real GM, these problems will only continue. Say what you want about Romo, but he did NOT lose that game. He didn't even play.

But, his over inflated ego won't allow him to do that. So, expect more 8-8 (or less) seasons. Plain and simple.

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