#1. WARE IS A BEAST! He was just absolutely all over the place. I don't know how they came up with 3 official sacks because I counted 3.5 in the first half alone. He very nearly had another 3 or 4 sacks, and he had several tackles that WOULD have been sacks but for Kitna managing to fall forward. No doubt in my mind Ware is THE BEST defensive player we have. #2. Our o-line played like dog crap. Blame goes fairly evenly although Columbo played well and I guess Gurode "bent but didn't break". Rivera was abused. Adams got beaten several times. Our backs that stayed in to block managed to keep Romo upright but got shoved back into him regularly. #3. Romo played very well but for several critical bad decisions. His passes were usually very accurate. Given the amount of time and space he had to throw the ball it's a dang miracle he completed as many passes as he did. Where he hurt Dallas were the few times he was careless with the ball carrying it and when he tried to make more of a busted play than he hould have. He seemed to get this "go long" mentality and started to direct the receivers. That's what screwed us up, and it was definitely not necessary. #4. Roy is awesome and Roy is awful. Detroit's Roy Williams is just amazing. That guy is one of the best receivers playing the game (and I don't care how few TD's he's caught this year). Dallas' Roy Williams needs to go back to tackling school. He seems so interested in getting big hits that he simply used bad form. He allowed that one guy to pick up a first down on a 3rd and 9 that led to Detroit's next TD (on the very next play). Several times today he was out of position to make a tackle. He should NOT be blitzing because he's too danged slow (it would help if the offense didn't know the play before that he was coming - we practically send out flyers that we're blitzing). #5. Detroit is a MUCH better team than their record indicates. MUCH. #6. Our LB's are SLOW. Everyone seems to be piling on James and there's good reason in coverage - he's slow and often several yards behind the play. However, he is great in run coverage and tackles as well as anyone on the team (except Ware). #7. Our secondary is not horrible, but their more horrible than good. The call on Newman (to start the game) was a TRAVESTY. What the heck is he supposed to do? It's not like the ball had sailed 5 yards past the receiver - it was barely past his hands when Newman LEVELED him. Other than the punt return for a TD, Newman had an average game in which several really bad decisions hurt us bad, bad, BAD. He got burned on the Furrey TD when Furrey - who was locked up in what appeared to be run-blocking with Al Singleton - broke loose. Singleton looked like he had cement shoes on and Newman was off picking daisies near the goal posts. He never had a chance. #8. Don't pin this on the lack of pressure. Dallas had pressure on probably 75% of pass plays, but Kitna found the open receivers well (which, with our coverage in the secondary, wasn't very hard). Our front 7 looked very good today as far as QB pressure. #9. Our secondary stinks. Not that you didn't know that already but Glenn, Henry and Roy Williams are undisciplined and SLOW. Did I mention that they are SLOW? By the way, they're also SLOW. #10. If this is on Parcells, it's only insofar as the "buck stops here" kind of thing. The playcalling was much more aggressive (when was the last time you saw a flea-flicker?). No, this is on some combination of our secondary stinking it up and/or the defensive scheme not working. I'm calling out the players in the secondary - and averaging nearly 5 TD's a game the last 4 weeks backs me up. #11. As down as I've been on Julius lately (and he was hitting piles all night) I have to say that the o-line never helped him much. The o-line just never got much push, and they don't appear to be working as a LINE - just guys who have to get the guy in front of them. They don't seem to have a sense of what being a lineman means. #12. Owens played much better - no doubt. He DID have one clear drop in the first quarter (hit him smack in the middle of both hands) but he definitely played better than last week. He should be plenty glad he got past the Detroit CB on his long TD because that ball was laid into his hands like a doctor hands a mama her newborn baby. Had he dropped that one he would have been run out of town on a rail. That one pass also accounted for about half his receiving yardage. Still, he played better. #13. Glenn was his usual spectacular self. #14. Miles Austin may have been one of the biggest advantages we had in the game with his excellent kickoff returns. He has got some wicked wheels. With a little help he could have taken two of them all the way. That's it in a long nutshell. In my opinion, after careful analysis and slow-mo replays and such, this falls mostly on the S/CB's and then hits the LB's next. There is NO doubt in my mind that we will have to make a change from Henry and Glenn, and we must get Roy out of pass coverage so much. I am really beginning to think that we must either switch back to a 4-3, get a true 3-4 def. coordinator, or get new LB and CB's. Romo's deal was a few bad decisions (in an otherwise very good performance), and that should be fairly easily fixed. Our defense, however, is another story. Finally, I have to give credit to Detroit. They played their butts off and were the better team - no doubt about it.