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News: ESPN Broaddus: Scout's Eye: Cowboys-Colts review

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Dec 7
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    By Bryan Broaddus

    Coming off the disappointing Thanksgiving loss, Jason Garrett continued to preach to all those that would listen about finding a way to handle adversity.
    In studying the Colts, injuries had taken a toll in several key areas, except for quarterback Peyton Manning.

    Despite lacking a running game and a playmaking tight end and having some banged-up wide receivers, Manning still presented a challenge to a Dallas defense that was making the transformation from Wade Phillips' blitzing, man-coverage style to Paul Pasqualoni's zone coverage and assignment-first scheme.

    When the Colts did try and run the ball on Sunday, Cowboys linebackers Bradie James, Sean Lee and Anthony Spencer were in position to make plays.

    To the naked eye, it would have appeared that DeMarcus Ware had a quiet game against the Colts because he didn’t have any sacks. Coming into this game, the Colts were first in the NFL in protecting Manning. There had been some games this season where he had taken hits in the pocket, but not many sacks.

    In the secondary, we all saw the huge game that Reggie Wayne had against this Cowboys secondary and mainly Jenkins.

    On offense, Garrett did a nice job of making the Colts have to defend the entire field with his play-calling. He took advantage of the Colts’ lighter front seven by using misdirection to get them moving, then bringing the ball on the edge with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

    The offensive line did a much better job of combo blocking, securing the down linemen then getting a blocker up on the linebackers. This allowed the backs to find the hole without having to deal with a defender in their face immediately.
    There are those that feel that the fumble recovery of Cowboys rookie Lonyae Miller on the kickoff return was the key point in the game. There is no doubt that it was huge, but I want to point out three other plays that might have been just as an important.

    Read more Broaddus: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4675419/scout’s-eye-cowboys-colts-review
  2. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    So Gurode warned the refs two times prior on that leverage penalty and finally got the call the third time on that one fg.
  3. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    Gurode did something smart!
  4. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know the whole leverage rule.

    I knew you couldn't boost off a teammate but I didn't think that was the case with the other team.

    Anyhow, worked out real nice.
  5. HoosierCowboy

    HoosierCowboy Put Pearson in the HOF

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    and it only took the refs 3 times and 2 assists from AG to make the call!
  6. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Fixed it for Broaddus.
  7. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Maybe he's the smart one and the refs are dumb. :)

  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Looking down on you Staff Member

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    Maybe he had Kosier make the call. :laugh2:
  9. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    The officiating crew was noted for having called the fewest penalties in the NFL as a group. It was well into the game before the Cowboys got the first flag thrown.
  10. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    I love braoddus's columns. Content rather than agenda driven. They're the complete opposite of most of the local media crap (Taylor, JFE, Galloway, etc.).
  11. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Parcells always said that Gurode wasn't dumb. Said something to the effect that he was smart, but he just didn't process information very fast. He gets bonus points on this one, certainly!
  12. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    How many TDs could this guy be responsible for in a season? Double digits?

    (Hamlin gave up 1 last season, 3 in the previous season.)
  13. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Good read as usual.
  14. pugilist

    pugilist Stick N Move

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    this is getting ridiculous.. how are officials not seeing the blatant holding?? this has been going on for the past few games and i'm sure it's not just happening to Ware
  15. cowboyed

    cowboyed Garrett Groupie

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    Maybe that is why he delays his snaps. :laugh2: I know he doesn't have an agile mind to direct the line and assist the qb reading the defense. But I have to give him credit for persisting with the refs. Maybe Jason told him he needs to be more of a captain on that line.
  16. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Gurode is supposed to be one of the smarter players on the team.
  17. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Gurode is a smart guy. Got very high grades at Colorado and it was not in ball room dancing. Just might be like BP said that he just does not process the data as fast as you sometimes need to in the NFL.

    Pretty sad that Andre had to tell the refs three times before they made the call. And Ware just about got tackled a couple of times. I think he gets fewer holding calls than any other top pass rusher in the NFL. Tell that is not because he is a cowboy.
  18. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Theo, that's part of the problem. We tried to fix something that wasn't broken without having a viable plan in place. The same with Flozell. We just assumed, on the premise that Flozell had a lot of penalties and that Hamlin didn't have enough take-aways, that everything would work out well.
  19. kmd24

    kmd24 Active Member

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    The way I remember it was that BP said he would lose focus at times, almost like he has ADD or something.
  20. Tass

    Tass Lucky Devil

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    "Coming into this game, the Colts were first in the NFL in protecting Manning."

    Well, duh. I mean, who else would be protecting Manning?

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