JUST CHILL: F’s for the offense, defense and coaching vs. Bears
Grades vs. the Bears
Rush offense: F -- Running back DeMarco Murray was dropped for a loss five times on 11 carries. He has gained only 24 yards in the game. He also had two fumbles so some of this was his doing. But the offensive line is still not getting it done up front. Murray can’t run to daylight when all he sees is darkness. Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau has not played well all season. Right tackle Doug Free has not been much better. It's gotten so bad at center with Ryan Cook that owner Jerry Jones believes things will improve when the maligned and undersized Phil Costa returns from injury.
Pass offense: F— Poor pass blocking continues to fail quarterback quarterback Tony Romo. He has no time and gets hit too much. His receivers fail him too with poor routes and drops. Those issues led to two interceptions including a pick. But Romo had five interceptions in the game, including a pick six that linebacker Lance Briggs returned 74 yards for a touchdown to blow the game open. He was guilty of trying to do too much to make a play. The final two interceptions were on him. They were melt downs of the highest order.
Rush Defense: C—The Bears gained 93 yards on 28 carries. But Matt Forte had 52 yards on 13 carries as he was able to gash the Cowboys for several nice runs. The run defense missed linebacker Anthony Spencer who was out with a shoulder injury. Victor Butler was exploited as a run defender in his place. Linebacker Sean Lee had a nice game with 14 tackles and nose tackle Josh Brent had a key stop on third and 1.
Pass Defense: F—The Cowboys got two sacks but were unable to get consistent pressure on quarterback Jay Cutler who was an efficient 18 of 24 for 275 yards with two touchdowns. DeMarcus Ware still needs pass rush help. The secondary was unable to contain Brandon Marshall who had seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne was beaten by Devin Hester for a 34-yard touchdown.
Special Teams: C—Brian Moorman did a solid job punting in place of Chris Jones. He only netted 34.3 on three attempts but he didn’t give dangerous returner Devin Hester a chance to hurt them. Same in kickoff coverage, the Cowboys were able to contain Hester. Dan Bailey made a 39-yard field goal to stay perfect on the season. But the Cowboys continue to struggle on returns. Dez Bryant and Dwayne Harris made poor decisions in not fielding punts. And Felix Jones remains a non factor on kickoff returns.
Coaching: F— Jason Garrett is the offensive coordinator as well as the head coach. The Cowboys have the second worst scoring offense in the league. Let that sink in for a minute. He also shepherds a team that plays with little fire and passion and one that melted down on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter. There was no fight till the end for the Cowboys on Monday night.