News: Graziano: Cowboys' line was penalty-free Monday

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  1. WoodysGirl

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

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    By Dan Graziano |

    Here's another silver lining from the Dallas Cowboys' miserable Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears: They weren't whistled for one single false-start penalty in the entire game.

    Hey, I'm trying here.

    As you can see from Todd Archer's penalty breakdown, the false starts were a major problem in the first three games of the season. Left tackle Tyron Smith was called for five, right tackle Doug Free for four and tight end Jason Witten for three. That's an average of four false-start penalties per game, which is basically handing your opponent 20 free yards per game, and so it's a good thing that the Cowboys' linemen weren't as jumpy Monday as they had been. (Though it does bear mentioning that, as you may have heard, there were different officials in place for Game 4 than there were for the first three.)

    Anyway, I'm getting away from my intended point, which I think is that the Cowboys' offensive linemen were a little bit steadier in at least this one aspect of their play Monday. And as awful as the Cowboys' offensive line has been this year, lines do tend to improve as the year goes along and they play together. In general, they seemed to get decent push in the run game on the left side, though still nothing on the right side with Free and Mackenzy Bernadeau. And the pass protection certainly had its moments, which it didn't in either of the prior two weeks. The Cowboys' line has a long, long way to go, but any signs of improvement have to be considered encouraging.

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  2. jgboys1

    jgboys1 Well-Known Member

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    So, other than that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
  3. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Penalty free yea, but they were also block free...
  4. MoClaiborne24

    MoClaiborne24 Member

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    And boom goes the dynamite...

  5. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    They need to be free of Free.
  6. rickjameschinaclub

    rickjameschinaclub Benched

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    And it was noted during the game, that the offensive playcalling was simplified and Dallas clearly ran more play-action than they normally do, which indicates play-calling does impact OL play.. meaning, Garrett....
  7. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I admit it, that hurt and cracked me up at the same time.
  8. Rynie

    Rynie Benched

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    Same here. Haha. If we continue to eliminate dumb penalties, I will be happy. It's a process, after all.
  9. MagicMan

    MagicMan Well-Known Member

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    LLOLLLL, hey, one at a time yall. Walk and chew gum is really hard. :rolleyes:
  10. MyBad

    MyBad Member

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    Can I vote this as the BEST line of the
  11. Gemini Dolly

    Gemini Dolly Well-Known Member

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    Fo realz yo. stacking up one process at a time.
  12. Hook'em#11

    Hook'em#11 Well-Known Member

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    They lost. Who cares..

    Gimme 15 penalties from the team as long as they win.
  13. weaver21

    weaver21 Well-Known Member

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    Find it ironic that we've committed more than ten penalties in our only two wins and only seven combined penalties in our two losses. :confused:
  14. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    As bad as the line has been, Monday's loss was about miscommunications /mishaps between Romo and the receivers.

    Chicago scored one offensive touchdown (neither theirs nor ours count in garbage time).

    Despite the lack of a running game, that was a VERY winnable game if we're kicking field goals and punting instead of giving away pick-sixes and red-zone turnovers.
  15. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Gotta disagree there....thats the attitude that allowed the 13-3 team to lose in its first playoff game.
  16. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I actually find that commendable. It didn't result in much better play, but it does show that they worked on it in practice and improved.
  17. Hook'em#11

    Hook'em#11 Well-Known Member

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    Defensive letdowns was why that happened.. As well as weak O-line play
  18. Prossman

    Prossman Active Member

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    and a dropped pass by crayton , didnt help either

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