Curb Your Enthusiam, It’s Only Preseason By Rafael Vela I think it’s fair to assume the Cowboys will sputter some this Saturday. Bill Parcells has given his teams the most elemental game plans in each of his three preseason openers and I don’t expect any thing more against Seattle. Parcells has used the games to evaluate players. Consequently, he relies very little on scheme, forcing his guys to show athleticism. When Dallas’ opponents choose to open up their playbooks, as Arizona did last year, the results can be dreadful. On the other hand, Seattle may take a similar approach, keeping the offensive and defensive schemes basic to better evaluate man-on-man matchups. They’re the defending NFC champs, so they know they’re good. If that’s the case, we could see an enjoyable game, and get plenty of opportunities to assess key players. Seattle should offer a great chance to evaluate Greg Ellis’ conversion to OLB. The West Coast offense throws heavily to backs and tight ends and tests a linebacker’s coverage skills to the utmost. Mike Holmgren and Parcells are friends and some fans on the practice fence yesterday wondered aloud if Parcells might not call Holmgren and ask him to throw at his guy. It wouldn’t surprise me if it happened. Regardless of the game plans, or lack thereof, keep your eyes off the scoreboard and focus them on the bubble boys. See if Tony Romo keeps his poise; give some attention to Marc Colombo at right tackle; look for Sam Hurd on the punt coverage teams; track Tyson Thompson’s runs and see what Pat Watkins does at nickel safety. Those are the things that matter. What was the score, after all, of last year’s Cardinals preseason games? I can’t remember either, because ultimately it doesn’t matter.