A Touch of Hostility... Terrible Towel Style

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Hostile, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Now and then I need to get out of the city. There's something about getting into the mountains that is renewing and refreshing to the soul. I step out on a peak somewhere, expel the bad city air from my lungs and drink in the smell of fresh air scented with pine. It is intoxicating. It revitalizes and recharges my batteries.

    That's as close as I can describe what watching this game was like for me. I feel revitalized. I feel recharged. The bad air that was stinking up the place is gone. It is intoxicating.

    I can't imagine the emotions Brandon Carr must be experiencing. As we have all heard he was at the funeral for Kassandra Perkins when Jason Garrett was alerting the team on the Charter to Cincinnati that Jerry Brown was dead and Josh Brent was in trouble. He had just lost a former teammate and 2 friends to a tragedy, and here was another teammate gone far too young and still another who will forever live with the decision he made that fateful night. Brandon walked by Jerry Brown's jersey draped on the back of the Cowboys bench where it will remain for the remainder of this season. He said to that jersey, "I'm going to make a play for you today."

    Oh boy did he make a play. His diving interception in overtime and race towards the endzone was the stuff of legends. It was sort of fitting that the last time these two teams met it was Tony Romo who threw the ill fated pick that sealed the victory for the other team and this time it was Roethlisberger. The only real difference were this one was in overtime and that one was a score. They happened on almost identical patterns on the same side of the field. Well, one was in Pittsburgh and one was in Dallas, but the plays are so similar in impact. That one happened in week 14, this one in week 15. Pittsburgh went on to win their 6th Super Bowl that year.

    Could it happen for us now? I'm not ready to say that, but I never stop hoping.

    Drink it in. Let it fill your lungs. Smells so good. Not that long ago we were 3-5 and the world was ending according to the Mayans and some haters. Don't look now, but not only are we not dead, we are very much alive and in the thick of things. Intoxicating.

    For three years now we have watched the passion with which Dez Bryant plays after he catches a ball. How he refuses to go down, scrapping for every extra yard. DeWayne Harris showed that same kind of fire on Sunday. Lowering his shoulders, making extra cuts, and pushing for every last yard he could pack on. I don't know which was more inspiring, Dez gutting out to not only play with a finger needing surgery, him making yet another amazing catch, a TD in his 6th straight game, or Harris making play after play on Offense and Special Teams. I find myself wanting to see him get the ball and be named the 3rd WR.

    I don't know if anyone played harder on Sunday than Harris, but one guy who might have was Anthony Spencer. Since taking over the play calling duties for the Defense he has been a monster in the run and pass game equally. This is why Dallas didn't want to lose him and why they slapped the Franchise Tag on him that caused so much alarm over nothing.

    His detractors are going to cling to every last shred of bile as they point out he waited until his contract year to have his best year. Just like they were wrong about re-signing him they will be wrong about this too. The guy is a fantastic football player who is stepping into a role as signal caller that is not designed to be held by an Outside Linebacker.

    This is not a revelation by any means. DeMarco Murray is a difference maker to our success or failure. Simply put, we need him if we want to go anywhere. The balance in the Offense is evident when he is in there, and it is sorely lacking when he isn't. His TD on 3rd and goal was perfectly executed. The entire OL pushed right and left him a seam to go in untouched. Couldn't they have done that with Felix? Yes, but if even one Pittsburgh Defender slips the push or stalls the collapse Felix would likely get stonewalled. Murray, as a power runner with speed can still push the pile in. Murray makes Romo even better because his OL in front of him is more focused.

    Speaking of Tony Romo, he is the only QB in 2012 so far to throw for over 300 yards on the vaunted Dick LeBeau Steelers Defense. His detractors will point at his higher INT numbers and lower TD numbers and will ignore the game winning drives and his ability to make this Offense a thing of beauty to watch. He looks even better when they protect him. Hard to believe he could look any better than he has, but all QBs do when protected and for huge chunks of this season he has not been and has had to manufacture our Offense. The reason he was the first QB to surpass that mark this season on that Defense is because he had time to throw and he does that as well as anyone in the NFL.

    Miles Austin made me very proud. He's had a lot of detractors too lately, much of it truthfully focused on his salary more than his play. Some of it was focused on his hamstring injuries. Miles Austin showed exactly why he is a valued part of this football team and why the Offense needs him. That's right, needs him. Pittsburgh knew Dez was injured. They knew they could roll coverages to Austin and gamble on Dez having issues. Austin consistently beat the rolled coverages. Outstanding effort.

    Speaking of outstanding effort, was anybody else as pleased with Alex Albright as I was? I have always maintained he has a job here because of his Special Teams tackling. Oh how wrong was I? That kid can flat out play. Next year when we get Lee and Carter back, I'd like to see Albright and Sims as our backups. No offense is meant to Dan Connor, but he simply has not stepped up the way these other players have. I am anxious to see Caleb McCurdy next year, and Connor simply is in the way at this point. If Albright can continue to be a vlaued backup Inside and Outside it just gives us even more roster flexibility. I officially became an Albright fan Sunday.

    I think no player makes me happier when he makes a play than Jason Hatcher. I don't know exactly why, but when I see that huge man make a play it reminds me a little of Too Tall, and I was a huge fan of Too Tall. I am not suggesting they are similar players, just that I enjoy seeing a man of that size do the things he can. Jason Hatcher is a good weapon for us on Defense. I saw a play where he rag dolled the man in front of him, I couldn't even see the guy's number as he crumpled, and I came out of my seat. It had no effect on the play, but it was still just a magnificent play and I loved it. He made significant plays too.

    DeMarcus Ware is beat up but he is still the most dangerous player in the NFL. He consistently pressures the opposing QB and makes him hurry throws. Even if he doesn't get the sack he often is a catalyst for the other team failing to convert. There isn't a stat for that unfortunately, but if there was a way to measure it I am certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that ware would lap the league in that stat. Yeah, you can almost get an idea from Hurries, but it isn't the sum total of how he shakes them up.

    Finally, I want to talk about our Head Coach. He is maligned by many in our media and some fans. In my opinion he is doing exactly what you need to do in order to build a group of athletes into a team. I know his Press Conferences are boring for the most part. What isn't boring to me is the effort I see guys giving him and his staff. What isn't boring to me is when I hear his players echo his words, almost verbatim at times. The message is sinking in folks. Guess what follows the acceptance of the message?

    Results. Five of the last six games. Back from the dead. Tied for the Division title and our fate in our own hands if we handle our business. If you need more than that I suggest you are missing the beauty of the game of football by focusing on end results more than you are progress.

    Point blank I am going to tell you, no other Head Coach in the NFL is having to deal with the injuries Garrett and his staff are, and they refuse to accept it as a reason why results aren't achieved. Folks, that is called coaching. When you have the ability to get unknown players and players off the street to come in and not only start for you, but produce, you are a great football coach.

    Yes, there is work to do. Thank God! I would hate to think this is as good as we can get, in results as well as talent. It isn't. There is so much room for improvement, but you have to acknowledge that a team that will fight for you the way ours does, believes in your coaching.

    When you get these results with the media smelling blood in the water over the Sean Payton stuff, and you don't even blink or acknowledge the swirling rumors, and take a team stung by tragedy and lead them to wins over tough opponents, you can coach. Trust me when I say this, more than ever there are players out there wanting to come to Dallas.

    Take in that deep breath. Let it expand your lungs. Smell the cleansing odor of pine. Expel the poisons and bad air.

    Isn't that better?
  2. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    I think you're speaking for the whole fanbase on this one Hos. Dallas Cowboys Football has felt fun again the last month. I've rewatched the Stealers game 4 times. I've seen more Cowboys gear out and about in Austin/Dallas the last few weeks than I've seen in years.
  3. HoosierCowboy

    HoosierCowboy Put Pearson in the HOF

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    good stuff
    Breath it in!
  4. Woods

    Woods Well-Known Member

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    Nicely said Hos.

    I'm really happy for Garrett and the coaching staff. They have been getting the best out of their players, many of whom were not even on a roster a few weeks ago.
  5. justbob

    justbob Just taking it easy

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    Nice job Hos
  6. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Redskins have had some serious injuries as well.


    4 of those players were starters, 3 of them defensive...all on IR.
    And getting to the other bumps and bruises (Griffin, Fletcher,Garcon), I would say that the Redskins have had nearly as many key injuries as any team in the league.

    If you want me to believe this guy can coach, he should have his offense torch the Saints in the first half.
  7. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    Typical delusional skins fan. The only players worth a damn on that list are Orakpo and Carriker. A backup RB, overrated TE, and marginal safety do not make that list comparable to the rash of injuries sustained by Dallas. That is laughable.
  8. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    This ....
  9. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    don't get me wrong you all had some injuries...but it isn't even close..not even a little bit
    • The Cowboys have already had 24 players on the field for at least 100 defensive snaps. And Moore will likely see 35 snaps against the Saints this Sunday to become No. 25. No Dallas defense the last decade has had more than 20 players reach 100 defensive snaps. The data doesn’t track back any further, but chances are good that no defense in franchise history, outside of possibly 1989, had more than 20 players reach the century mark.
    • No other defense in the NFL has had 24 players on the field for at least 100 snaps this season. The league average is 20.2. A dozen teams haven’t even reached 20 players yet, and San Francisco is currently at 14. Yes, 14, as in 10 fewer than Dallas. The 49ers have had 10 players take at least 840 defensive snaps. The Cowboys have had one, Brandon Carr. That is staggering.
    • In the NFC East alone, none of the other three teams has had more than 20 defensive players reach 100 snaps. So the injuries haven’t been overstated in the least. The Cowboys have had 36 players take the field on defense this season, or 12 more than the 49ers.
    and that is just on the defensive side of the ball
  10. brooksey1

    brooksey1 Well-Known Member

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    Nice Post Hos. I agree, Albright has filled in nicely, Spencer has been outstanding and Demraco Murray really makes a difference. It was great to see Carr or any Cowboy make a game changing turnover! I was in my buddies "Steelers Fan Cave" when it happened...he was quite angry to say the least. I did my best to rub it in a little then headed for the car!

    As for Jason Garrett he really has done a nice job in the past few weeks bringing the team together. The biggest thing I see differently is the team has no quit and that is a sign of improvement and leadership. I have been critical of Jason for the sloppy football I've seen in the past so I think it's only fair to give him credit for the "Crisp Play" I saw last week and the no quit attitude we seem to be riding.

    Let's go get the Saints!!!
  11. MissouriCowboy

    MissouriCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Cowboys need to jump on that Saints weak minded defense. I expect a ground and air attack that shows no mercy.
  12. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    What a load of optimism and I love it :)

    VERY nice write up, and you didn't even mention Hannah or that kicker guy or that OTHER kicker guy or LP or a Vickers sighting! :D
  13. MyBad

    MyBad Member

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    Excellent thank you very much!!!!!:)
  14. IrishAnto

    IrishAnto Well-Known Member

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    Hasn't felt this good in December for quite a while.
  15. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Yup. This was the first game for me in a long time where I felt happy and satisfied with the win instead of just relieved.
  16. DallasDW00ds0n

    DallasDW00ds0n Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the thoughts Hos!

    I believe I owe you a sig bet loss on my part.

    You need to make me a sig. :starspin
  17. TINGS21

    TINGS21 Member

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    Great Post Hos... :bow:
  18. Reverend Conehead

    Reverend Conehead Well-Known Member

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    Outstanding post, man. I'm encouraged that Garrett has been getting better. When he took over as head coach, he was very, very green. That has shown up, but you see him learning from his mistakes and improving. I was delighted to see him manage the clock well after he's had problems with that.

    Wow, I would love a victory over the Saints. I'm still smarting from that game we should have won, but let get away when Roy Williams got the ball stripped away, then our defense could not hold them.
  19. garrett316

    garrett316 With the Lights Out, It's Less Dangerous

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    I havent gotten off the high of beating them yet. While I desperately want to make the postseason, the 2012 season was a highlight for me when Bailey split the uprights. Living here with these idiots and watching Big Dumb and Antonio Brown make key mistakes was icing on the cake.

    On a side note, my wife is a Steelers fan. The company she works for bought Staubach's company a few years back. Anyway, she works with Roger's son-in-law and Monday morning they were on a conference call with a bunch of people in both the Dallas and Pittsburgh offices. They were finishing the meeting and my wife says "does anyone have anything else before we end the call?"
    Roger's son-in-law says "don't know if anyone saw it, but the Cowboys beat the Steelers yesterday!" Priceless.
  20. sonnyboy

    sonnyboy Benched

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    Living in eagle country, I know how you feel. Soak it up my friend:D

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