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After watching this weekend's games, are the Cowboys close?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Zordon, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    When you compare what you saw today and yesterday to our Boys, do you guys think we are close? Do you feel less optimistic about our chances next season? Are there some common themes or lessons we can take from the final 8 playoff teams?
  2. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    From watching all the games, what I saw was fast play on offense and defense from all those teams. It was a good weekend watching these teams.

    The Cowboys could be getting up there, but they did not play "fast" like the playoff teams.
  3. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Lessons from this weekend?

    - Invest in the offensive line. (San Francisco)
    - Get homefield advantage. (Atlanta)
    - If at all possible, don't play in the cold. (Denver)
    - Never play a safety who doesn't know how to play prevent defense up by seven. (Denver)
    - Don't leave points on the field. (Seattle)
    - Playing to honor a soon-to-be-retired teammate can be inspirational. (Baltimore)
    - Players who take steroids will soon let you down when you need them to perform. (Green Bay)
    - Choke artists don't just reside in Dallas. (Denver)
    - Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning by a country mile. (New England)

    I think that about covers it. ;)
  4. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    That's a good point. I saw a lot of gang tackling on defense and a lot of olinemen playing till the whistle (a lot of chippy play after the whistle too). Tackling looked to be improved for our Boys early in the season but it deteriorated quickly as the season wore along and the injuries piled up. I also believe we need to replace Connor with a more athletic player. Oline needs to get nastier, plain and simple.
  5. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Who are you refering to? I think we have a guy like that by the name of Doug Free.
  6. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    I say yes based on how I saw our team perform in the no huddle this season.

    If we don't improve our Line play and Garrett's Offensive philosophies don't get an update then, yes, we are a long ways off.

    If we play with more tempo and use a zone running scheme we'll better our chances.
  7. rat2k8

    rat2k8 Well-Known Member

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    Decade away.
  8. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    We need better line play. A better run game would help greatly too.
    No news there.
    We also need the freedom to go up tempo at the drop of a hat.

    Although we played and lost very close games to two of the four remaining teams, they seem much more well-rounded. Flacco, Ryan, Romo...not a ton of difference really. It's the other areas where they separate. Brady is another story altogther.
  9. Gameover

    Gameover Well-Known Member

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    Nope..

    Cowboys need better talent along both lines.
  10. Teague31

    Teague31 Defender of the Star

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    Have any of this weekends teams suffered any devastating injuries like we did? They all seemed very healthy.
  11. KB1122

    KB1122 Well-Known Member

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    In three years, we'll be playing traditional pocket passing with a 36-year-old quarterback while the best teams in the league are running zone read option.

    Our defense, with Lee and Carter if they can stay healthy, might be in better shape.
  12. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Packers led the league in lost starts by opening day starters. I believe the Cowboys were 3rd.
  13. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    None of the remaining teams have.

    But our line is still not good enough anyway.
  14. Gameover

    Gameover Well-Known Member

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    This is why I want Kevin Sumlin to be our next coach.
  15. hornitosmonster

    hornitosmonster Well-Known Member

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    No, the Cowboys are not close. Sure, they will contend for the East but will be quick out in the playoffs.
  16. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    If you are 8-8, you are close.
  17. SultanOfSix

    SultanOfSix Star Power

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    Cowboys need to get back to being that physical team, like that of the nineties (especially up front on both sides of the ball) and I think Garrett is trying to do that. It should be the 'Hawks (if they didn't play stupid on D today at the end) and 49ers which are the teams that are like that right now in the NFC championship game.
  18. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    I agree. We don't need to run it 40 times per game but we need to be able to finish games in the 4th quarter with the run game like the niners did.
  19. kelc

    kelc Member

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    How about we don't fall behind in every game.Then you can run the ball more.
  20. HoustonSucks

    HoustonSucks Active Member

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    Bc that's why Brady sucks..... :rolleyes:

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