JJT: Cowboys offense no juggernaut

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  1. TrailBlazer

    TrailBlazer Well-Known Member

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    IRVING, Texas -- Sometimes, the numbers lie. Sometimes, the numbers allow an owner such as Jerry Jones to lie to himself.

    Sometimes, the numbers make an average offense appear to be good. The 2013 Dallas Cowboys were a perfect example of that.

    If the Cowboys' offense had been good, the team would've made the playoffs this season, despite a historically bad defense.

    That's the truth.

    After all, we're talking about a team that finished 8-8, even though it gifted games to Detroit and Green Bay, and was positioned to beat Philadelphia.

    Obviously, this is all a bunch of woulda, coulda, shoulda, but it's important to note -- because the worst thing an organization can do is lie to itself. Unfortunately, Jerry excels at that.

    It was hard to miss the inability of the Cowboys' offense to take proper advantage of turnovers created by the defense, particularly in key losses to Detroit and Philadelphia.

    He's the ultimate optimist -- a man who has a warehouse full of rose-colored spectacles for any occasion.

    So you know Jerry is going to look at having left tackle Tyron Smith, receiver Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten and running back DeMarco Murray in the Pro Bowl from a team that averaged 27.4 points -- fifth in the NFL -- and think everything is OK.

    Much of it was a mirage.

    Jerry will only see that Tony Romo passed for 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, Bryant had 1,233 yards receiving with 13 touchdowns, Murray had 1,124 yards rushing and an offensive line that ProFootballFocus.com considered one of the best in the NFL.

    The owner is going to see all those numbers and believe it's all good.

    But the game is about more than numbers. Look beyond the gaudy stats and you'll see that the Cowboys' offense often struggled when it mattered most.

    Understand, the only positive thing the Cowboys did on defense this season was create turnovers, which often positioned the offense to score points. Too many times, though, the offense didn't take advantage of those opportunities.

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  2. RXP

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    JJT completely misses the point.

    Even with an average defense, the offense would have been good enough to win 2 or 3 more games.

    They didn't have to be a juggnaut.
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  3. TrailBlazer

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    The offense wasn't that good either and that's the point here. 5th in scoring but doesn't accurately reflect the offensive performance in 2013. Defense has built in excuse; injuries. Offense should've been more consistent. Quick 3 n outs had a heavy hand in us losing to Detroit and other games as well. They were not at their best when it mattered most. We all know how bad the D was.
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  4. Tennione72

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    He also forgot to mention we gifted games to Denver and KC
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  5. Nation

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    12th in yards per drive, 4th in pts per drive, 8th in Turnovers per drive, 10th in INTs per drive, and 7th in fumbles per drive. They were not a juggernaut but they weren't mediocre or anything like that either.
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  6. TrailBlazer

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    The Cowboys' defense scored five touchdowns and gave the offense the ball 21 times in the opponents' side of the field. The Cowboys scored only seven touchdowns in those situations.

    Against Detroit, the defense forced four turnovers and gave the Cowboys the ball at the Lions' 4, 35 and 31. Dallas scored one touchdown and kicked two field goals, allowing Detroit to hang close enough to steal it at the end with an 80-yard drive in the final moments.

    Still, if the offense had done more than gain five yards and take only 22 seconds off the clock before settling for a field goal after the defense stopped Detroit on downs with 1 minute 24 seconds left, Dallas still would've won.

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  7. TrailBlazer

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    Inconsistent. Borderline top ten offense overall. When it matters most, mediocre offense that settles for field goals.

    Dallas defense had 21 takeaways on the opponents side of the field. Of those 21 opportunities provided by th defense, we only mustered 7 touchdowns. 33%. That cost us games
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  8. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    JJT's premise is basically that there were times when the offense could have done better, and if it had done better, we would have won more games.

    Well, duh. You can say that about every team in the league.

    Claiming that the offense was "average" without anything to support it is merely worthless conjecture.
  9. dragon_mikal

    dragon_mikal Fire Garrett

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    How many teams have an offense worthy of being called a juggernaut? The Broncos? Saints?

    If you're counting on one side of the ball to carry your team you're asking for failure. The offense was good enough to get this team in the playoffs. The defense was not.

    And the injury excuse really doesn't work. Other teams have injuries as well and the defense was bad from week 1 when they were torched by Eli Manning. Thank goodness they improved in the TO department because we all know how hard it was for them to force a punt.
  10. Section444

    Section444 Well-Known Member

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    Statistics rarely tell the story.
  11. TrailBlazer

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    I think some ppl are not reading the full article so I'll post an interesting tidbit that JJT used to support his narrative..

    "In the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, the Cowboys trailed 17-13 midway through the third quarter. Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Warecombined on a strip-sack and fumble recovery that gave the Cowboys the ball at the Philadelphia 20..
    Instead, the offense produced only two yards on three plays, and settled for a field goal.
    The Cowboys still trailed, 17-16. Former coach Bill Parcells used to say there's a moment in every game where one team can seize control. The good teams and good players recognize that moment and ratchet up their intensity.

    The average teams, and bad teams, let the moment slip past them."
  12. TonyRomo17

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    its like he forgets that other teams defenses get paid aswell, just because some games you dont do as well doesnt mean your offense isnt good or anything, also if you are forced to score 30+ points a game to win, theres a bigger problem than your offense
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  13. CowboysYanksLakers

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    The problem with this offense is play-calling in situational football....
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  14. TrailBlazer

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    His premise is that the offense was not as good as the numbers may suggest and that side of the ball is not devoid of any blame. The offense should have done better.

    He supported his argument by referencing several instances in which the offense could've put the game away and failed to do so and it costed us games. Too much inconsistency and too many quick 3 n outs when we need a good time consuming drive.

    21 takeaways on opponents side of the field lead to only 7 TD's. 33%.
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  15. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    JJT ought to come out with his own NFL Offensive Analysis Coloring Book. For people who don't know the NFL, and who can't really color for whatever reason.

    I bet that baby would sell like hotcakes.
  16. GimmeTheBall!

    GimmeTheBall! Junior College Transfer

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    Further, look behind the gaudy stats of Romo and you will find a QB who is prone to setbacks, going on 34 years, injured and likely to never see another playoff game again.

    All good things must end.

    I see Romo's tenure coming to an end next season. The numbers will be so-so, the picks more often, the weak end-of-seasons and Father Time tugging at his jersey.

    His leadership was never all that. I think Jerra put a spotlight on it when he said he wanted Romo to put inn Peyton Manning time at Valley Ranch.

    An NFL team is only as good as its QB and thus, we go 8-8 almost ever year.
    (c'mon, one of you Tony lovers need to stick up for him. I will be in my bunker and prepared to stay here a long time with a supply of skittles, bran muffins and energy drinks. the password is Richard Widmark. If that don't work, try Rutger Hauer)
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  17. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    "Guys, there was this one time, one this one drive, when the Cowboys could have scored, but then they didn't, because they had a 3-and-out. And then, this other time....."

    Please. Look at points/offensive series and then try to make the case that we kicked too many field goals. Every team in the league, every season, has offensive drives that don't convert in games they lost. And in all of them, the extra points would have been helpful if they'd scored. This team lost with an historically bad pass defense. End of story. Any article to the contrary ought to make JJT ashamed to drag his hairy knuckles along the ground in the hallowed halls of ESPN.
  18. GimmeTheBall!

    GimmeTheBall! Junior College Transfer

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    I was looking for the part that said: "Then Romo rallied his team . . . "
  19. Aven8

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    Ding ding ding.....we have a winner!

    I've been saying this about Garrett for 7 years and the reason I hate his offense. It's the reason I want him fired as well. He doesn't get it, and never will.
  20. CowboysYanksLakers

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    I agree...

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