The Cowboys problem is not that Complicated

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by xwalker, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    I have seen all types of reasoning about the Cowboys problems this season both on CowboysZone and in the media. Some are very detailed like Dez’s route running and some are repeats forever (It’s Jerry). A partial list:

    Romo has lost it.
    Dez ran the wrong route.
    Austin has issues.
    Ogletree is an idiot.
    Garrett – Play calling, time management, leadership, turnovers, etc..
    Defense does not create turnovers.
    Felix is an idiot.
    Witten slowing down.
    It’s Jerry, Jerrah, Jerra, Jethro.
    No home team advantage.
    Nepotism with the Jones and Garrett families.
    Rob Ryan’s haircut.
    Trainers suck because of too many hamstring issues.
    Special teams are terrible.

    While all the above may be true to some extent or another, the primary problem is:

    The Cowboys can’t consistently RUN the Ball.

    If you listen to Defensive Coordinators, Defensive Players and Defensive coaches, you always hear “we have to stop the run 1st”. Rob Ryan says, if we stop the run, then we can play defense “our way”.

    If you can’t run the ball, then you have these issues:

    QB’s have to throw into much tighter windows.
    WR’s have to operate in much tigher spaces. Routes have to be much more precise.
    Playcaller’s are severely hampered.
    Safeties don’t bite on play action.
    You score field-goals when you were in position to score touchdowns.
    You give the other offense more time on the field.
    Players and coaches start “pressing” because they feel desperate. Turnovers increase.
    Playing from behind allows the other defense to “tee-off ” on the QB.
    Playing with a “weak hand” causes coaches to take risks like Dez on Punts returns.

    Possible Solutions for 2013:
  2. Frozen700

    Frozen700 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah because running the ball well got us so far in the Baltimore game....we almost won.

    Just like we almost won sunday.....

    We are just an "Almost" team, that's our problem
  3. D29Murray

    D29Murray New Member

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    The Cowboys can’t consistently RUN the Ball. -- SEE: S_____ Offensive Line for more details.
  4. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    Been saying the exact same thing. OP is spot on.
  5. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    As others have noted, see: Baltimore.

    The problem recently has been the turnovers. You can't win consistently turning the ball over more than you get it back on defense, and we turn the ball over a lot.
  6. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Yea but we didn't lose the Baltimore because the offense couldn't perform. We lost because they had a special teams touchdown, missed a GW field goal, and the defense surrendered 24. Run as well as they did and score 29, your offense has certainly done its job.

    But like anything, a great run game doesn't guarantee a win if the other units let you down.
  7. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    Several us internet blow-hards seen this one back in the off-season. If we could see that some scrap heap free agents and some sorry in-house talent was not going to work, it looks like professional "football men" could see it. Despite the post claiming the line is showing improvement, they gave up four sacks and a season high eight QB hits Sunday and the run blocking was even worse. The line is simply not a priority in Dallas. They always find other positions to upgrade and they will again this offseason.
  8. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Good description of the Baltimore game.

    In 2013, how many games do they win if:

    1. The offense plays all 16 games like they did against Baltimore.
    2. The defense returns all players including Spencer.
  9. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    We where -1 in the Turn Over margin
  10. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    Mistakes, mental errors, etc.
  11. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    Sacks and QB hits were of course with what 64 pass attempts - that distorts those numbers, for what its worth.

    The O-line is the most significant roster need, I agree. I think there are very few people who did NOT feel that way during the offseason and preseason. The debate did and will still center around matter of degrees on that subject.

    Improvement in the O-line, by whatever means will most certainly help this team. But it's not THE cause of all our turnovers, and as someone already pointed those turnovers MUST be fixed. Then there are other issues as well.

    Much as I want the running game fixed, it doesn't solve everything. Then again, we don't need perfection, we need a boost to get over the hump.
  12. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I agree we need a better OL. You still need WRs to run good routes in this offense or you will get TOs and lose anyway.
  13. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    this team just isn't consistent.

    one day it's the qb throwing picks...

    one day it's the running game falling apart...

    one day it's the swiss cheese defense...

    one day it's the "special" special teams...

    sometimes everything comes together but the coach has a brain freeze....

    you never know what you're going to get with this team.
  14. D29Murray

    D29Murray New Member

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    FIX: OL, STs, WRs.
  15. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Yeah. That game the ST score was killer too. That's the other stat that's very difficult to overcome.
  16. TonyS

    TonyS Well-Known Member

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    Football is a game of executing the fundamentals and we cannot do that consistently and ultimately that is a coaching issue. Garrett has had enough time to stop the basic issues from occurring as much as they currently are (fumbles, ints, etc...). Ryan appears to have his side of the ball ready (mostly), but Redball and Joe D can't seem to get it done.
  17. Yuma Cactus

    Yuma Cactus Active Member

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    Turnovers. takeovers, takeaways. giveaways. whatever you call them Big D is lacking in getting them and has an overabundance in giving them.
    In a sidenote Brian Waters will wear a star next year.
  18. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    Which is virtually irrelevant when it comes to winning in the NFL.

    The problem actually is that our opponents have passed the ball more effectively than we have -- mostly because of interceptions.
  19. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    Dallas is 30th in rushing offense, and Atlanta is 27th. They're 7 and oh. Washington is 2nd in rushing offense in the league, they are 3 & 5. Kansas City is 4th, they are 1 & 6.
  20. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    the homers dont want to admit it but it all comes back to the OL

    we cant run becasue of the OL and romo is under constant pressure becasue of the OL

    decisions on going to walmart for OL = jerry and jason

    that is where the blame lies

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