Sturm's Morning After: Cowboys have a coaching mess; Garrett ignores reality of the underdog

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  1. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Sturm's Morning After: Cowboys have a coaching mess; Garrett ignores reality of the underdog

    43 days ago, the Cowboys last won a football game. I am guessing a drought like that is generally a good sign that your season has gone into the dumpster.

    43 days in the wilderness...wandering....looking for an answer. Somewhere. Anywhere.

    Maybe it is this retread life-long QB who can save us. Nope. Let's try another one. Grab the one who has played on all of the other teams in the league. He is slightly better. Not really. Keep looking. Maybe it is that third guy who is over there on the bench and never played a snap in the NFL. Maybe he is the one who can save us.

    Doubtful.

    But, what could it hurt to try? That is where we are - where numerous people want to try the kid who has never taken a snap.

    43 days in the football desert is enough to make a team see things off in the distance that look like an oasis of hope.

    Perhaps it is the sack machine who is suspended by the league. He can save it... Or maybe it will be the return of the franchise wide receiver. Surely, when he comes back...

    One of these combinations is likely to stop the bleeding, right? Hello?

    This team will win another game this year. I am sure of it. Now, the question becomes whether it will happen while this team is potentially still alive. If, in fact, you are optimistic enough to think 2-5 is still alive, that is.

    When Tony Romo was injured back on September 20th, the initial thought in every reasonable thinking Cowboys fans' mind was simply that the season is likely over. The one thing you simply cannot do in the NFL is to lose your starting QB for 2 months. The math doesn't work out. It can't be done.

    But, then, the dust settles, and you start to try to figure out a way to break the code. The reasons are obvious. This is not a video game that you simply hit "reset" and start over. No, if you are going to start over in the NFL, it takes a year off everyone's contract and career and it requires 12 months of waiting. Nobody has time for that.

    So, if you are like me, you get out the schedule and talk yourself into stealing a game here and a game there. Surely, if you must play for 2 months without Tony Romo, you can get three wins somewhere in there, right?

    Or at least two? How about just a win against anyone?

    This season is not what we had in mind as we stood in Oxnard looking at a very deep, talented, and confident team that seemed comfortable laying out their navigational path to the Super Bowl.

    On Sunday, the Cowboys were in a very advantageous position in the game entering the 4th Quarter. They had outgained the 2-time defending NFC Champions in yardage and were going in to take the lead after that aforementioned sack machine just turned the game on its ear by batting a pass into the air that he intercepted and then tried to return to the end zone. If the offense can't score, maybe Greg Hardy can.

    He tried. But, was tripped up at the 16-yard line. Down 10-9, the Cowboys now had the ball given to them inside the Seahawks 20-yard line with something any observer would label as the "golden opportunity that they simply cannot afford to waste."

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  2. cowboyblue22

    cowboyblue22 Well-Known Member

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    well at least someone else see it to garrett is a dud
     
  3. Amy50632

    Amy50632 Well-Known Member

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    Garrett can't coach period.
     
  4. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    That's pretty interesting coming from Sturm who I really respect. Not only that but it's the kind of thing that probably makes its way back to Garrett.

    I'm with Floaty at this point. Bring in Kellen Moore and let him sling it around. He gets a free pass from me (and several thousand others) on INT's and mistakes.

    Just throw the ball around and try and make plays - that's all anybody asks at this point.
     
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  5. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    I have nothing more to say about Garrett, it seems people are still not ready to face the reality.
     
  6. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    That is exactly the kind of move a risk-adverse coach like Garrett would never do.
     
  7. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    The coaches are always wrong when they don't win regardless of the probabilities involved.

    If they had gone for it and didn't make it, the same people saying they should have gone for it would be saying it was the wrong call to go for it.
     
  8. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member

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    The redzone play-calling drove me nuts (or more nuts) on Sunday.
    Just mind-numbing stuff.
    Just one TD and we probably win.

    There is truth to what xw says though. Same (or mostly the same) people would be whining if we went for it and failed.

    But we should have been more aggressive, imo.
     
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  9. Sydla

    Sydla Well-Known Member

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    Sturm gets it.
     
  10. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    When Weed was the QB everyone demanded that they "bring in" Cassel and lamented on why they didn't "bring in" Cassel sooner.
     
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  11. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Nobody would say that X.

    For God's sake, first play after the pick run a play action pass for a TE down the seam and lets at least try to win the game....if the play isn't there check down to a running back. Is that too much to ask? Garrett is an imbecile.
     
  12. Idgit

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    Yeah, I thoroughly disagree with this. Taking unnecessary risks with Matt Cassel against the SEA secondary when they're compressed in the red zone is a bad bet. The fact that the Cowboys were underdogs is irrelevant. The only question is, 'do you have a play that you can convert with?' If you've got one, call it. If you don't, you take the fg. In this case, it's Sturm who doesn't fully understand what the underdog role required yesterday. And he should, since he saw what the downfield risk taking got us just last week against a much lesser secondary.

    One more defensive stop wins that game. If you're betting the outcome on one of the two units we fielded yesterday, who you putting it all on? I'm saying 'defense,' with some enthusiasm on this one.
     
  13. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    He gets what fans want to hear. If he made a detailed analysis of why being more aggressive with a backup QB is not historically the best move, the fans would blast him.
     
  14. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Wait a minute. Sturm doesnt agree with the fan boy thread that said there were no coaching issues?[​IMG]
     
  15. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    X I'm not going to say you're wrong but the very essence of Sturm's article is that in the situation we're in we have to take risks to make up for deficiencies so taking a chance in that position felt like the right thing to do.
     
  16. Idgit

    Idgit Riding the Red Rocket Staff Member

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    With Romo hurt, we don't have a QB who can win games for us. We can try every ratchet in the set, some of them more than once if we want to. None of them are going to fit.

    The only way we win is play better football around the QB until Romo gets back. That means continue to play solid defense, and not give up big plays, turn the ball over, and blow ST coverages. It doesn't meant taking stupid low-percentage chances in the red zone.

    People are losing their minds because of the losing streak, I think.
     
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  17. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    You still don't get it.we had lost 4 straight with a QB who can't sustain drives.when you have 4 the and short in the red zone you go for it hope to get a first down or even a TD.we are playing the game as if we are 4-2 instead of 2-4.
     
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  18. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    Probably guilty as charged. You would think at this point we could get one break - one call - one bounce of the football - one mistake from the other team to sneak a win out and it just hasn't happened.
     
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  19. JohnsKey19

    JohnsKey19 Well-Known Member

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    Why is Sturm the only guy/gal in the Dallas media with 2 eyes, a brain and actually understands football????
     
  20. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    I would stick with Cassell and adjust some of my offenses philosophies that don't work.


    Cassell is not the problem. He is proven in this league. You can win with him.


    I don't want Garrett to have the excuse of a guy like Kellen Moore who has never played.
     
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