Took my 5-year old to his first football game tonight. I think it's safe to say baseball is still his favorite sport. He was into his Gameboy before halftime. I wished I had one. The TV delay is on in 60 minutes. Here are a few random things I picked up so you can judge for yourselves when you're fast-forwarding thru the carnage: Bledsoe looked horrible, although the line didn't give him much to work with. We ran a lot of plays for zero/negative yards. Darnell Dockett was too much for our interior line to handle, especially with a cigar-store indian in the pocket... Nevertheless, Bledsoe's attempted screen pass midway thru the first (a flat, low fastball to a back five yards away from him) demonstrated that it actually is possible to execute that play worse than previous Cowboy teams... Gurode does not have the mental makeup to handle the center position. His first quarter hold, which nullified JJ's only good run, cost us a first down and a 20-yard swing in field position. Whether it was bad calls or poor execution, he got owned several times by the Cards' DTs Newman and Anthony Henry may very well be the strength of the D. Newman's textbook perfect coverage of Fitzgerald on the fly drew offensive PI; Henry is built like a safety but has CB closing speed. In the first quarter, he baited Warner into a 3rd-down slant to Charles Lee, effortlessly closed the gap, and stopped him three yds short. Bradie James is an enigma. If you watch the 1st QTR Arrington fumble play, James bit horribly on an inside trap block, giving Arrington his huge lane. But he recovered quickly and appeared to lay the jarring hit that dislodged the ball. Sorry, Al Singleton is not going to get cut. He may not make plays but he is never out of position (see Bradie James). Tonight, he appeared to be leading the D and directing pre-snap traffic with Roy. No way Parcells trusts that job to a rook. Berry-O can play. He was exposed somewhat on late-developing crossing routes, but he's more nimble than I expected and would've been fine if we had any pressure (see "No Pressure" below). We had no pressure. I'm deeply concerned about this 3-4. Not because the scheme is bad, but because I didn't like the way we played it. As you can imagine, my binocs were glued to Ware early-on. He appeared to be playing our infamous "read and engage" style on every play, even obvious passing downs, and looked tentative to me. We have no business lining him up like LT if we aren't going to turn him loose sometimes. BTW, our 3-4 and 5-2-4 D's look identical in formation. You need to scan the line or count the DBs for the personnel giveaway. Early-on, the Cards had good success attacking our D with dumps to the flats. We stuffed the run but I need to see more; Green abandonded it somewhat after Arrington's fumble. I wasn't watching the Fitzgerald TD close enough to catch who really blew the play. Fitzgerald is going to have a big year. Merritt looked sharp in PR. Good form, protects the ball and has nice quicks. Can't wait to see more. I left after 3qtrs. Romo definately provided a spark and showed great touch on his very first pass to Witten. He can be a capable backup. However, he showed his two significant liabilities on the end zone incompletion to Crayton. The rush blocked his line of sight, causing him to find Crayton late; and his pass didn't have the zip to compensate. Romo has moxie, and I like that, but I don't know if he could drive the bus for an extended period of time.