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Can We Talk Rams Now?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Staubacher, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    It's the Rams, dude.

    No but seriously, I fully expect us to come out flat on offense but get things going in the 2nd half.

    I see a low scoring game in the range of 20-17...
  2. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    We need to duct tape the ball to Dunbar's hands and get him on the field.
  3. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I don't normally listen to the Cowboys website shows, but I caught a few minutes of one of them yesterday, and someone asked about Randle. Broaddus was adamant that Randle doesn't know the offense well enough, especially on pass protection, and simply isn't ready to play. He said if you want to play Randle, just prepare for Romo to get hit.

    Now it's Broaddus, and he halfway has a screw loose (he was getting way overly worked up about this topic, like he took it personally that anyone would want to play Randle)... So who knows. Personally I like Randle as well. He's too slow to break any big plays but he's tough and does seem to find the soft spots in the defense.
  4. VThokie7

    VThokie7 Well-Known Member

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    Especially if we're not going to use the 2nd TE in the passing game anyways. Might as well only keep one of Escobar/Hanna active since Andre Smith could be used as a blocker.
  5. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I'll give you red zone. I've never had a problem with the play calling. Running the ball is a question inasmuch as there are situations where we should run it and we don't. The second TEs have an impact, whether they're on the receiving end of the ball or not. They change what the defense does, and impact where we go with the ball just by being on the field. I haven't seen any serious criticism of a lack of creativity in the offensive design that goes beyond disappointed fans second-guessing after the fact.

    Sturm's article this week about conservative play calling on the road was really interesting, I thought. I'd recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.

    As I said, I'm not sure what the problem is, really, because it looks like we've got all the pieces for a beautiful offensive team, but what we're seeing is not beautiful. Maybe you're right and it's the coaching (and I do agree that ultimately it's the coaches who are held accountable). I'd actually be somewhat relieved to believe that, because it's more frustrating not knowing what to pin it on. I think the more likely problem requires a series of small related changes that are more tweaks than they are sea-changes, but I'm at a loss as to what they are, exactly. I do like the idea of more play action with the zone blocking, and more of those off-tackle runs with Dunbar that were so effective in preseason. I actually thought we were going to see a ton of that against the Chiefs, and I have to admit that I was really frustrated to see him put the ball on the ground so early and put an end to his own day. (I'm glad the coaches pulled him there, though. They're serious about holding onto the ball this year).
  6. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    If you haven't already, take a look at the second Poe-whiff last week, with Murray running right by him on his way to sacking Romo. I know Poe wasn't Murray's primary responsibility on that play, but, come on, man. You've got to take one for the team and get in that guy's way in that situation. And that's with our best pass protector in the lineup. Frustrating.
  7. shank

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    even though the rams scored points against atlanta they are not good team. This is Dallas easy part of schedule so they need to put these teams away. Nothing is guaranteed in NFL because I had Dallas beating KC but if they lose against Rams we have bigger problems.
  8. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    Yep, just found this article about Smith:

    http://cover32.com/cowboys/2013/09/05/is-andre-smith-the-next-martellus-bennett/

    I'd like to see him in a fullback formation, can't remember how much they did that with him in the preseason.
  9. Pessimist_cowboy

    Pessimist_cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I see a blowout here . I respect the rams defense but their corners are small . I just can't see them sticking with dez , miles etc ...if we protect romo he should have 300+easily . This is a game where the pass will open up the run .
    As for the rams offense , they have t Austin and a decent tight end , not much more .bradford is very inaccurate it's my opinion . Yeah , he has a strong arm but his completion percentage is poor .

    Cowboys 34 -rams 20
  10. ufcrules1

    ufcrules1 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed with Dunbar and Randle. I want to see a lot more of them after watching how Murray ran against the Chiefs. I'm starting to think Murray isn't the answer for us at RB.
  11. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    You're depending on Dallas taking advantage of matchups.

    If they double up on our studs we'll settle for check downs to Witten and passes to Terrence Williams all day long.
  12. NickZepp

    NickZepp Well-Known Member

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    Rams have some offense. Bradford has looked good in his first 2 games this year with that offense. They don't' have much of a run game so far. They can attack our weaknesses at DB if we can't 'get to Bradford much. Cook is a really solid TE.
  13. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Yeah, Cook is a very good under-the-radar TE. Talented player that it seems not many people know a lot about.
  14. Bull Frog

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    We haven't blown anyone out in two years. You are right about Dez and Miles, but it won't matter if we "take what they give us". Everyone will give us the underneath stuff and we willingly take it to our detriment. We need to pressure defenses with our weapons and take what we want.
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  15. 187beatdown

    187beatdown Lack of Big Plays

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    If we don't blow the doors off the Rams then I really don't see much hope for this team.
  16. dupree89

    dupree89 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah...lets talk Rams. I think we're all going to find out that Jeff Fisher has his team well-prepared, focused, and amped up. I would be very surprised if this was a blowout win for Dallas, as some have suggested.
    Rams are gonna come out of the blocks trying to take players' heads off. I can see Dallas benefitting from a couple of early personal fouls/late hits by STL.
    16-13 Dallas on a last second FG.
  17. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    some typical reactions here.we will see but this offense is in a major funk and even Stephen jones is worried about Romo's throws.
  18. pacy

    pacy 82 WITTEN 82

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    We need good special teams play.
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  19. Cowboy4ever

    Cowboy4ever Well-Known Member

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    Perplexed is a great word to use to describe what we see on the field. We go get a 6'6 TE to present mismatches for RZ but we don't throw to him in the RZ. (I think once so far this year and his shoe came off). We have a WR that could be the most physically gifted WR in the league and will sell out every play to make that catch but we don't go to him when he is 1 on 1 with a CB he has beat like a drum all day. We have no creativity in the running game in the RZ, just give it to 29 behind a guard, never mind that everyone on the D is within 5 yards of the LOS. We have Austin who should destroy any safety in the league with Man Coverage and either he isn't or Romo is not finding him, I don't have all 22 to see. We have a very athletic TE in Hanna but he can't run further than 5 yards from the LOS it seems.

    We have all the pieces. For some reason, we don't use them. I love Garrett. I love how he has built this team. But why build a mansion if you are only going to live in one room? You went and got the pieces,, use them to our advantage.
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  20. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    great points
    it is all on the coaching staff and the offensive system implemented by garrett
    no creativity, no commitment to running, no discipline, no accountability

    people who deny this are just looking for excuses for a very sub-par offensive coaching staff

    no wonder they are perplexed

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