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December 04, 2011

Timeouts excluded, plenty of mistakes to go around for Cowboys

Talk will abound about the Cowboys decision to not take a time out and then take a time out, essentially icing their own kicker, resulting in a missed field goal at the end of regulation of a 19-13 overtime loss to the Cardinals.

But there is plenty of blame to go around for the loss.

The offense gained only 75 yards on the ground and failed to score on five possessions inside Cardinals territory.

The Cowboys allowed just 49 yards in the first half and then 276 after intermission including a 52-yard touchdown catch by LaRod Stephens-Howling went untouched through the defense.

That is not including the block in the back penalty on cornerback Orlando Scandrick negating a 35-yard punt return by Dez Bryant that would have given the Cowboys a first down at the 25 yard line on their final drive.

The Cowboys possibly could have scored a game-winning touchdown of their own on the drive or set up a shorter field goal at the end.

And then there was cornerback Terence Newman’s interference penalty, bailing the Cardinals out of a second-and-19 situation on their game-winning touchdown drive in overtime.

This was not the stuff of a team looking to not only make a run to the playoffs but make some noise in the post season once it got there.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.

 

 

 

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Garrett and Romo ceases to amaze me with their continued propensity to come up short at crunch time. Romo should have taken control of the situatioin after that third down pass to Dez and called timeout. Everyone in the country knew that that was the thing to do. They had two timeouts..yet Romo ran the clock down to seven seconds and spiked the ball. Then Garrett calls timeout and ices his own kicker. And we are still HOPING those two can finally get this team to where they want to go. I don't think so. Guess Jerry still thinks Garrett is 'evolving' as a head coach?...lol

I like Garrett don't get me wrong, and I don't want him replaced.

BUT he has to take the training wheels off our offense!

He MUST take a look at what other offenses out there are doing, {such as the Eagles for instance} and he MUST copy SOME, {not all, not the unbalanced aspects of the Eagles attack} but he MUST copy some of what they're doing!

So what is the major malfunction going on in Valley Ranch?

Garrett is of the Ernie Zampesi/Norv Turner school of unimaginative offensive schemes.

We've a vanilla, bland, and not at all sophisticated offensive scheme. With the amount of talent we have on the offense, this team should be putting up 24 points a game on anybody, at the very least. ESPECIALLY when we KNOW for a certainty that our secondary can't hold anybody late in the second half. That being the case, how much more important it is to score, and to score early.

When I watch our offense, it's like watching the Norv Turner years again. And take a look at what Turner has wasted in San Diego.

Now just think what Andy Reid would do with Romo, and with Murray with sprint draws.

And one more thing, ---------------- why don't we have a sophisticated arrangement of screen packages.

Why can't we run screens like the Eagles?

Garrett doesnt understand "sense of urgency", nor is he able to communicate it to his team.

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